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head of chancery

  A recently abolished post in the British Diplomatic Service, the head of chancery was not only head of the political section of a British mission but ex officio general manager of the whole mission. He or she was responsible for coordinating all the work of all of the sections, identifying and eliminating policy deviations by individuals or sections, ensuring that all sections had the necessary resources to do their jobs, promoting cooperation between sections, and other such matters. The general managerial role is now the responsibility of the deputy head of mission. The head of chancery was normally a counsellor in a large or medium-sized embassy and a first or second secretary in a smaller one. The negotiating team employed on an important and protracted negotiation was also managed by a head of chancery.  



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Harris, Sir James (1746-1820)
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