Simon Thomas was appointed Deputy Head of Mission in Harare in January 2016. He is currently Chargé d’Affaires (acting ambassador), pending the arrival of a new Ambassador to Zimbabwe, expected in early 2019.
Simon joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1997, after graduating from Birmingham University with a first class Honours Degree in Russian Language & Literature. He has served in various diplomatic posts overseas, including Warsaw, the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York, and the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels. From 2009 to 2013 he was Deputy Head of Mission in Buenos Aires, covering both Argentina and Paraguay. He has worked extensively on national security issues, including in the UK government crisis centre (COBR), on counter-terrorism policy and, most recently, as head of the FCO’s Intelligence Policy Department. He also has a number of internal FCO corporate responsibilities.
In 2018 he was awarded an OBE by HM The Queen, for services to British foreign policy.
Simon is married to Kristina Thomas. They have two children.
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Chargé d’Affaires, British Embassy Harare
A Charge d’Affaires is a diplomat who heads a diplomatic mission, such as an Embassy, in the absence of the Ambassador or Minister.