Simon Thomas was appointed Deputy Head of Mission in Harare in January 2016.
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, including as the senior management sponsor of the FCO Carers Network.
Simon is married to Kristina Thomas. They have two children.
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Harare
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.