Iain Lindsay

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Iain Lindsay
Iain Lindsay.jpg
British Ambassador to Hungary
In office
March 2016 – September 2020
Preceded byTheresa Bubbear
Succeeded byPaul Fox
British Ambassador to Bahrain
In office
Preceded byJamie Bowden
Succeeded bySimon Martin
Personal details
Born (1959-03-09) 9 March 1959 (age 64)
Falkirk, Scotland
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow
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Iain Ferrier Lindsay OBE (born 9 March 1959) is a former British diplomat who served as Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Hungary and Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Bahrain.[1] Lindsay now serves as advisor to the Economic Development Board of Bahrain (EDB).[2]


Lindsay joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1980, spending much of his early career in the Asia-Pacific region. Lindsay served as the British Ambassador to Bahrain between 2011 and 2015. He was then British Ambassador to Hungary from 2016 to 2020. Lindsay left Hungary in September 2020, and retired from the diplomatic service.[3]

Honours and awards[edit]

Ribbon Name Year Notes
HUN Distinguished for National Defense BAR.svg Distinguished Certificate of the Hungarian Defence Forces with Laurel Wreath 2020 Awarded for his efforts done in the interest in developing the cooperation between Hungary and the United Kingdom and support of the Hungarian-British military relations as well as his exemplary activities carried out in the interest of accomplishing common goals.[4]
HUN Order of Merit of the Hungarian Rep (civil) 3class BAR.svg Commander's Cross of The Hungarian Order of Merit Awarded for the development of Hungarian-British relations and his commitment to the Hungarian language and culture, and his role in promoting Scottish cultural heritage in Hungary.[5]
Bahrain - medal - ribbon.png The Order of Bahrain (Wisam al-Bahrein) 1st Class 2015 Awarded in recognition of his efforts to develop relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Kingdom.[6]
Order of the British Empire (Civil) Ribbon.svg Officer of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire 2002 Awarded for services to operations in Afghanistan.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Iain Lindsay OBE". GOV.UK. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  2. ^ "BAHRAIN EDB APPOINTS AN ADVISOR TO THE BOARD". Invest in Bahrain. 17 December 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Meet the ambassador: Iain Lindsay OBE bids farewell to the city he cherishes". welovebudapest.com. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Honvédelmi kitüntetés a leköszönő nagykövetnek". honvedelem.hu (in Hungarian). 7 September 2020. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Magyar Közlöny". Magyar Közlöny. p. 3133. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Bahraini King Rewards UK Ambassador for his Supporting Stances". مرآة البحرين (in Arabic). Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Page 10 | Supplement 56735, 29 October 2002 | London Gazette | The Gazette". www.thegazette.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  8. ^ Lindsay, Iain. "Comment: 'The Queen could put everyone at ease'". www.gdnonline.com. Retrieved 6 January 2023.