Deputy Head of Mission, Albania

Sean Melbourne


Sean Melbourne has been Deputy Head of Mission (DHM) to Albania since August 2016, following 3 years as DHM to Zambia, and Head of Political Section in Baghdad.

Curriculum Vitae

2013 - 2016 Lusaka, UK Deputy High Commissioner
2012 Head of Parliamentary Team, Europe Directorate, FCO
2011 - 2012 Baghdad, Head of Political Section
2009 - 2011 Government Relations Adviser, Shell International (Secondment)
2006 - 2009 Rabat, 2nd Secretary Economic/External
2006 French language tuition
2002 - 2005 Baku, 2nd Secretary Political/Press & Public Affairs
2002 Full-time Azerbaijani language tuition
1998 - 2002 Latin America & Caribbean Department, FCO
1995 - 1997 Tashkent, Vice Consul/Entry Clearance Officer
1994 Tashkent, All Rounder
1993 Policy Planning Staff
1990-93 Maputo, Archivist/Information Officer
1989-90 Policy Planning Staff
1988-89 North America Department

Married to: Linda Melbourne

Children: One son, one daughter

Deputy Head of Mission, Albania

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.


  1. Deputy Head of Mission’s remarks at 4th Rule of Law Forum for Southeastern Europe