Claire Bruce took up post as Deputy High Commissioner in Belmopan in October 2017. Claire moved to Belmopan from New Delhi, India where she worked for the UK’s Defence and Security Organisation.
Claire started her Diplomatic career in 2002 and has previously worked on National Security, Terrorism, Iraq policy, Human Resources and in a Ministerial Private Office. Her other overseas postings have been to Baghdad, Islamabad and Erbil, Iraq where she was Deputy Consul General.
Before India, Claire was the Middle East Policy Adviser, in the National Security Secretariat at the Cabinet Office, where she was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to National Security in particular the destruction of chemical weapons (Syria).
|2014 – 2017||New Delhi, Defence and Security Organisation, Department for International Trade|
|2013 – 2014||Cabinet Office, Middle East Policy Adviser, National Security Secretariat|
|2012 – 2013||Cabinet Office, Cross Whitehall Syria Unit|
|2012 – 2012||FCO, Crisis Preparedness Team, Crisis Management Department|
|2010 – 2012||FCO, Terrorist Finance Desk Officer, Counter Terrorist Department|
|2009 – 2010||FCO, Afghanistan Conference Unit, South Asia and Afghanistan Directorate|
|2009 – 2009||FCO, India State Visit Team, South Asia Group|
|2008 – 2009||Erbil, Deputy/Acting Consul General|
|2006 – 2008||FCO, Iraq Group - Political and Bilateral Desk Officer, Iraq Group|
|2005 – 2006||Baghdad, VIP Visits|
|2004 – 2005||FCO, Ministerial Private Office|
|2003 – 2004||Islamabad, Political Team|
|2002 – 2003||FCO, Personnel Management Unit|
Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission Belize
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.