Alison Cross took up her post as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Panama City in November 2016. A career diplomat, Alison joined the Foreign Office in 2009, initially serving as a policy officer covering a range of roles including Gibraltar and the Arab Spring as well corporate work on the global Consular Strategy. Most recently Alison spent 4 years serving in the British Embassy in Jakarta.
Alison is originally from Wales and graduated from the University of St Andrews with a First Class MA in Spanish and Latin American Literature. She is married to Guy Cross, a professional golf coach, and they have 3 children. Alison is passionate about languages and speaks French, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia and conversational Welsh. She is a keen advocate for the rights and protection of Women and children and from the age of 16 has given her spare time to work on civil society projects in West Africa and Latin America.
Deputy Head of Mission, Panama
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.