Prior to assuming her role as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy Riga in April 2018, Ruth worked as Economic and Prosperity Officer at the British Consulate General Istanbul.
Ruth joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2002, as a PA/Generalist in the China Hong Kong Department before her first posting abroad to Budapest (2004-2007) as an Administrative Officer. Following this, she was posted to Riga as Third Secretary/Press and Public Affairs where she worked for a year until April 2008. After serving in Riga, Ruth returned to the FCO in London where she worked as the Climate Change & Economics Desk Officer in the Climate Change and Energy Department (2008-2010) and subsequently EU-Gibraltar/Portugal Desk Officer and Spain and Holy See Desk Officer in the Western Mediterranean Department (2010-2013).
Ruth grew up in Bangkok and Belfast. She was educated at Methodist College Belfast and at Roehampton Institute, University of Surrey where she graduated with a BSc degree in Biology with Environmental Science. She also gained an MSc degree in Applied Environmental Science from Queen’s University Belfast.
Deputy Head of Mission, Latvia
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.