Deputy Head of Mission to Sri Lanka and Maldives

Tom Burn


Tom Burn became Deputy British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives in July 2017.

Tom joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1999. Prior to his arrival in Sri Lanka, he was Deputy Head of Pacific Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Both of his previous diplomatic postings have been to Japan, most recently as Political and Media Counsellor in Tokyo, 2010-2014. His roles in London have covered EU Foreign and Security Policy, Afghanistan’s external relations and the Middle East Peace Process. Tom was born in Shropshire. He graduated with a degree in Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic Affairs from Durham University. His passion is food, so he feels he has done well to be posted to two countries renowned for their excellent cuisine! He is also a keen Arsenal fan.

Deputy Head of Mission to Sri Lanka and Maldives

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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