Migration and Modern Slavery Envoy

Jennifer Townson


Jennifer was appointed as the government’s Migration and Modern Slavery Envoy on 18 October 2019.

Jennifer joined the FCO in 1989. From July 2013 until January 2017 Jennifer was the Deputy Head of Mission, Consul General and Director of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy Vienna. 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 Deputy Head of Department in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Human Resources Directorate. She has also served as the Assistant Private Secretary to the FCO Minister responsible for Trade and Investment, and the Foreign Affairs Spokesperson in the House of Lords. She 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.

Migration and Modern Slavery Envoy

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office Migration and Modern Slavery Envoy represents the UK government internationally. The Envoy works with government ministers, the UK’s National Security Adviser and senior officials in the Home Office and Department for International Development to:

  • develop and deliver the government’s migration policy
  • advocate for tackling modern slavery globally, helping the UK government to co-ordinate its efforts with other nations

Previous roles in government

  1. Deputy Head of Mission, Austria

    • 2016 to 2017