British Consul General in Boston

Harriet Cross

Harriet  Cross



Harriet Cross arrived in Boston to become Britain’s Consul General to New England in August 2016. She is here with her husband, Phil, and their rescue cat, living on historic Beacon Hill.

Harriet’s most recent posting was as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Sana’a, though due to the conflict in Yemen, she spent much time in Saudi Arabia. In her diplomatic career Harriet has served as Second Secretary at the British Embassy in Morocco, and as First Secretary at the UK Mission to the UN in New York. She has also worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London (covering EU relations, and human rights policy). During her career Harriet has taken time out from 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. Harriet received a First Class honours degree from the University of Warwick in Politics with French. 

Harriet and her husband, Phil Saltonstall, are delighted to be back in the United States.  Phil owns his own brewery in Yorkshire, and looks forward to getting reacquainted with the New England beer scene. Their cat, Claudius, a rescue from the streets of Harlem, NY, is happy to be back stateside.

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.