Deputy Head of Mission, Norway

Dr Carol van der Walt

Dr Carol  van der Walt



Carol joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1998. Her previous roles have included areas as disparate as International Fisheries, IT training policy, and Overseas Security Information for Business (OSIB). Carol has also undertaken a number of roles focussing on the European Union, including time in the UK Permanent Representation in Brussels dealing firstly with the European Parliament and inter-institutional relations, and then latterly with relations with Latin America and Human Rights. Before moving to Oslo, Carol was heading up the Future of Europe team in the FCO in London.

Carol has a first class joint honours degree in Spanish and Latin from Birmingham University, and a PhD in Medieval Spanish. She is married, with a son and a daughter. Carol likes to relax by playing the piano, and co-leads the music at the International Baptist Church of Oslo.

Deputy Head of Mission, Norway

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.