British Deputy High Commissioner Abuja

Ms Harriet Thompson


Harriet Thompson became Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria in December 2016.

Ms Thompson has enjoyed a varied career with the British Civil Service, working on issues including energy, trade, organised crime, climate change and tax evasion. She has worked at the UK Permanent Representation to the EU, and later led the UK delegation to the UN climate change negotiations.

Prior to her current role, Ms Thompson ran a major change programme at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, creating the HMRC Fraud Investigation Service.

British Deputy High Commissioner Abuja

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.


  1. There's a need for quicker progress on Ogoniland clean-up: speech by HMA Hariett Thompson