Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission Belize

Claire Bruce MBE

Claire Bruce MBE

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Biography

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).

Curriculum Vitae

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.