Richard Wildash took up his appointment as the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Riyadh in June 2014.
Prior to that Richard has been British Ambassador to Sao Tome and Principe (non-resident) in January 2010 and was also Ambassador to Angola. Richard joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1977. He has previously served as British High Commissioner to Malawi, and as British High Commissioner to Cameroon and non-resident Ambassador to Gabon, Chad, the Central African Republic and Equatorial Guinea. Richard has a degree in Modern and Mediaeval Languages from Corpus Christi College Cambridge and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Richard is married to Jane and they have two daughters.
Deputy Head of Mission, Saudi Arabia
The Deputy Head of Mission is a senior diplomat and typically a key advisor to the Ambassador or High Commissioner. The Deputy is responsible for the daily management of an overseas Embassy or High Commission. They will represent the UK’s interests in the absence of the Ambassador as Chargé d’Affaires. A senior ranking Deputy may also take the title Minister. Smaller missions may not have a Deputy Head.
Previous roles in government
British Ambassador to Angola
- 2010 to 2014