Harriet Cross has been a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service for 20 years. Before becoming British Consul General to New England in 2016, she served as Deputy Ambassador at the British Embassy in Yemen. The ongoing conflict there compelled her to organise the evacuation of the Embassy, and she subsequently spent the rest of her posting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Earlier in her diplomatic career, Harriet had served at the British Embassy in Morocco and at the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York City. She has also worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London covering a number of jobs including EU trade relations and human rights policy.
She has also taken time out of diplomacy to work as an International Policy Advisor for the UK’s National Crime Squad, and in the International Relations Department at the University of York. With her husband, she helped establish a micro-brewery which is now a thriving business in Yorkshire.
Harriet received a First Class honours degree from the University of Warwick in Politics with French. She has two rescue cats, Claudius (from New York) and Mavi (from Somerville). She lives in the Consul General’s Residence on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill.
British Consul General in Boston
The Consul General is the senior UK official in a Consulate General, which is a subordinate office to the Embassy or High Commission, usually located in another major city. The Consul General represents the UK government and is typically responsible for consular, visa and trade activities in their city or region.