British Ambassador to Zimbabwe

HMA Catriona Laing CB


Full Name: Catriona Wendy Campbell Laing

Married to: Clive David Bates

Sep 2014 – present Zimbabwe, British Ambassador
Jan 2014 – Aug 2014 Foreign & Commonwealth Office, senior support for Russia/Ukraine Crisis and Communications Directorate
Mar 2012 - Sep 2013 Helmand, Head, Provincial Reconstruction Team and NATO and UK Senior Civilian Representative
Feb 2009 - Mar 2012 Ministry of Justice, Director, Human Rights and International
Nov 2006 – Jan 2009 Department for International Development (DFID), Head, DFID Sudan
May 2005 – Oct 2006 DFID, Head, International Division Advisory Department
Jan 2001 – Apr 2005 Cabinet Office, Deputy Director, Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit
Mar 2000 – Dec 2000 DFID, Globalisation White Paper Team
Jan 1999 – Feb 2000 DFID, Head (Eastern Europe), Western Hemisphere Policy Department
Oct 1996 – Dec 1998 DFID, Team Leader, European Union and International Economics Policy Department
Sep 1995 – Sep 1996 Cranfield University, studying MBA
Jul 1994 – Aug 1995 DFID, Economic Adviser, Latin America, Caribbean and Atlantic Department
Aug 1993 – Jun 1994 UN Mission in Somalia, Head, UN Development Office
Jan 1992 – Jul 1993 Overseas Development Administration (ODA), Economic Adviser, Aid Policy Department
Jul 1990 – Dec 1991 ODA, Assistant Economist, British Development Division (East Africa)
Jun 1989 – Jun 1990 ODA, Assistant Economist, West Africa Department
Sep 1986 – Jan 1989 Botswana, Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications, Planning Officer

British Ambassador to Zimbabwe

The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.


  1. Engineering success vital to Zimbabwe's future: UK ambassador
  2. Zimbabwe’s future rests on a free and fair election: Speech by Ambassador Catriona Laing
  3. Britain celebrates links with Zimbabwe
  4. British ambassador Catriona Laing's speech at Queen's Birthday Party
  5. The British Embassy in Harare launches a Public Private Partnership (PPP) training for Government of Zimbabwe and Private Sector stakeholders