British Ambassador to Switzerland and to Liechtenstein

Jane Owen


Jane Owen is currently Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation and non-resident Ambassador to Liechtenstein.

Prior to this she has served in the following areas:

2014 - 2016 Chief Operating Officer at UK Trade and Investment in London
2010 - 2014 HM Ambassador to Norway
2006 - 2010 Director, UK Trade and Investment - India, British High Commission, New Delhi
2002 - 2006 Director of Trade Promotion, British Embassy, Tokyo
1998 - 2001 Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam
1996 - 1998 Head of Mediterranean and Asia Section, European Union Department, FCO
1993 - 1996 Head of Exports to Japan Unit, Department of Trade and Industry
1990 - 1993 Second Secretary (Commercial), British Embassy, Tokyo
1988 - 1990 Japanese language training, FCO
1987 - 1988 Latin-American Department, FCO

Jane was educated at Ellerslie School in Malvern, and Trinity College, Cambridge (BA Hons in Russian, French and German). She was born in Bilston in the West Midlands.

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British Ambassador to Switzerland and to Liechtenstein

The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.

Previous roles in government

  1. UKTI representative on the Board

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Chief Operating Officer

    • 2014 to 2016
  3. British Ambassador to Norway

    • 2010 to 2014