Deputy Head of Mission, Dublin, Ireland

Sarah Tiffin


Sarah has been Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Dublin since September 2017: her second posting to Ireland. She has also been seconded twice to the Irish Government, most recently during the 2013 Irish Presidency of the EU.

Sarah joined the FCO in 1988. Before being posted to Dublin Sarah worked at the British Embassy in Warsaw, also as Deputy Head of Mission. In addition to Dublin and Warsaw, she has previously been posted to Paris, New Delhi and the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels. Sarah has also worked in the FCO as Head of the East Africa Department, and on Human Rights Policy, on Policy Planning, and on human resources.

Sarah speaks fluent French and reasonable Polish. She is married to an Irish husband, and has three children.

Deputy Head of Mission, Dublin, Ireland

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

  1. Deputy Head of Mission, Poland

    • 2013 to 2017