Nik Mehta became the Minister Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission and Director of UK Trade and Investment at the British Embassy in Seoul in July 2018.
Nik joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2002, and has worked in Iraq, Uganda and Malaysia. In London, his roles have primarily focused on conflict and security issues. Before becoming the Deputy Head of Mission in Seoul, Nik was a Deputy Director at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) for three years working on international cyber-security.
Throughout his career, Nik has been a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion. He believes passionately that the Diplomatic Service should reflect fully UK society and that diversity is one of the UK’s great strengths. Nik studied Chemistry at University College London and is married with two children.
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Seoul
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.