British Deputy High Commissioner Abuja

Mr Simon Shercliff OBE


Immediately after graduating from Cambridge University in 1995, Simon worked for two years as a volunteer Chemistry teacher in a Government School in Tanzania. He then returned to the UK to join the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1998. His first posting was as a political officer in the British Embassy, Tehran, for three years from 2000. On leaving Iran in 2003, he spent a short period in FCO London before deploying to Baghdad as the Private Secretary to Sir Jeremy Greenstock, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Iraq. He was awarded the OBE for his work. He returned to London in 2004 to the FCO Press Office, as a spokesman for Iran and Iraq issues. After a year, he became the Chief Press Officer, then the Foreign Secretary’s Press Secretary. He arrived in Washington to work on Counter Proliferation issues in 2006. He then deployed to the British Embassy, Kabul, between November 2007 - February 2008. He then returned to Washington, working on Afghanistan, until 2010. He returned to the FCO in early 2011 as the Deputy Head of the South Asia Department. In 2012 he was promoted to be the Head of the FCO’s Counter Terrorism Department. In February 2014 he became the Deputy High Commissioner in Abuja. Simon is married to Emma, and has two young children. His interests are sport and the great outdoors.

British Deputy High Commissioner Abuja

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.


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