Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Astana

Sara Pickering

Sara  Pickering



Ms Sara Pickering took up her appointment as Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy to Kazakhstan in December 2014. Sara joined the FCO in 1988 and has served overseas in Budapest, Islamabad, Lagos, Kyiv and Pretoria. She graduated with a degree in Politics from the University of York and has as well the Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration from the Open University.

Curriculum vitae

December 2014 – present Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Astana
October 2012 – October 2014 Director of Corporate Services, British Embassy Pretoria
December 2010 – August 2012 Head of Customer Engagement, I&TD, FCO
June 2010 – December 2010 Head of China team, Climate Change and Energy Group, FCO
July 2009 – March 2010 Strategic Network Design Project Manager, Consular Directorate. FCO
July 2005 – June 2009 1st Secretary (Energy/Commercial), British Embassy Kyiv
May 2003 – October 2004 Internal Communications Manager, FCO Services
February 2002 – May 2003 Overseas Network Liaison officer, FCO Services
January 1999 – December 2001 2nd Secretary (Commercial), British Embassy Lagos
January 1995 – March 1998 Entry Clearance Officer, British Embassy Islamabad
March 1993 – October 1994 Desk Officer, Joint Assistance Unit, FCO
January 1991 - September 1992 Vice Consul, British Embassy Budapest
September 1989 – September 1990 Desk Officer, Consular Department, FCO
September 1988 – September 1989 Desk Officer, South Asian Department, FCO

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Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Astana

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.