Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Madrid since June 2016.
Tim is responsible for the effective operation of the Embassy and for deputising for the Ambassador in his absence. The Embassy and wider Spain Network have a total of 227 staff and includes the busiest consular operation in the world and a very active UK Trade and Investment commercial section.
Tim was previously based in London where he was head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s European Union Department from 2013-2016 and, before that, head of the FCO’s Future of Europe Department. His previous role was as Head of Policy at the Wales Office, overseeing offices in London and Cardiff.
He has been posted in Brussels twice, most recently from 2006-2009 in the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union where he was First Secretary: Regional Policy, Culture and Sport and, before that was seconded to the European Commission. He started his career as a member of the European Fast Stream and, as such, carried out a number of roles relating to EU policy in different Whitehall Departments.
Follow him on Twitter: @TimHemmingsFCO
Deputy Head of Mission, Spain
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.