Deputy Head of Mission, Austria

Jennifer Townson

Jennifer  Townson



Deputy Head of Mission, Consul General and Director of Trade and Investment, British Embassy Vienna since July 2013.

Jennifer heads up the bilateral political team, coordinates prosperity work across the Embassy and leads on corporate provision and crisis planning for all three UK missions based in Vienna (Embassy, UKMIS Vienna, UKDel OSCE).

Jennifer joined the FCO in 1989. She has previously served overseas in the British High Commission, Mauritius and in the political section of the British Embassy, Paris.

In London Jennifer has worked as Assistant Private Secretary to the FCO Minister responsible for Trade and Investment, and the Foreign Affairs Spokesperson in the House of Lords. She also worked extensively on Africa policy, including as Deputy Head of Department for East, West and Southern Africa, and on Pan-Africa policy, leading multilateral negotiations on peace and security commitments under the UK’s 2005 G8 and EU Presidencies. She has spent time seconded outside the FCO to an independent political, trade and arts institute focussing on UK links with Asia.

Immediately before arriving in Vienna, Jennifer spent two years as Deputy Head of Department in the FCO’s central Human Resources Directorate.

Deputy Head of Mission, Austria

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.