Tony Kay OBE arrived in Tel Aviv in August 2016 as Deputy British Ambassador. Tony was previously the British Consul General in Calgary, Canada covering the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Tony joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1992. After working in the office of Foreign Secretaries Douglas Hurd and Malcolm Rifkind, Tony’s first overseas posting was to Hong Kong. Tony then moved to Romania as Vice Consul (later Political/Press Officer), and later to the Republic of Moldova as Deputy Head of Mission. There he helped to establish the first British Embassy in Moldova. Tony then spent four years in London, working on UN Security Council issues and the South American region (Andean countries specifically).
Between 2009 and 2012, Tony acted as the UK’s Consular Regional Director for the Middle East, based in Oman. Tony’s work on the Arab Spring was recognised by him being awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List.
Tony is married to Michelle and has two lovely but exhausting children Maia and Luca.
Follow Tony on Twitter @anthonypkay
Deputy Head of Mission, Israel
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.
Previous roles in government
British Consul General in Calgary
- 2012 to 2016