Belinda started her career in banking before joining the Civil Service in 2003. She worked on regional policy, the UK’s Presidency of the EU and the BBC Charter Review in Department for Culture, Media and Sport before moving to the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) in 2005. In DCA, Belinda led on the disclosure of government information and then headed up the EU and international data sharing team, focusing on cross-border law enforcement cooperation. She moved the US in 2007 to act as an Adviser to the US Department of Homeland Security on bilateral and other data sharing arrangements. Belinda joined the Immigration Service in the Home Office on return to the UK, as Deputy Director responsible for border security and visa policy. She then joined the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in 2009 to lead the Information Policy Division, covering EU, international and domestic information tribunal cases and EU and domestic legislation. In 2011, Belinda moved to MoJ’s International Directorate, leading on Foreign National Offender reductions, international anti-corruption, promoting UK legal services overseas, technical assistance projects and managing the constitutional relationship with the Crown Dependencies. Belinda was appointed as Director of Operations and Rule of Law in the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team in 2012 and became the Helmand PRT Head of Mission in 2013 until its closure in spring 2014. Belinda moved to Baghdad in August 2014 as the UK’s Deputy Ambassador to Iraq with responsibility for the smooth running of the Embassy, and for its programme and project work. Belinda relocated to Karachi in June 2016 as DHC Karachi and UKTI Director for Pakistan.
Belinda grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne and read History at Girton College, Cambridge. She enjoys cooking, keeping fit and collects taxidermy.
British Deputy High Commissioner Karachi
In some countries, the Deputy High Commissioner leads a subordinate office to the High Commission in another major city. The Deputy High Commissioner fulfills a similar role to a Consul General, representing the UK government and typically responsible for consular, visa and trade activities in their city or region.