Karen took up her posting in Houston in July 2015. As Consul General, she has overall responsibility for leading the UK’s engagement in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico.
Karen’s business priorities and responsibilities include developing political ties between the UK and the consular district; enhancing trade and investment partnerships; promoting science and innovation links and supporting the delivery of consular services to the many British nationals who have made the region their home.
A career diplomat, Karen joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the 1980s. Her most recent assignments have included:
1996-1999: Third Secretary (Trade Policy/Economic), British High Commission, Ottawa, Canada
1999-2003: Second Secretary (Economic), British High Commission, Abuja, Nigeria
2003-2007: First Secretary (Economic and External), British Embassy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2007-2010: Head of the EU/China team, Climate and Energy Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London
2010-2014: Deputy Head of Mission, British Consulate-General, Hong Kong
Karen is accompanied by her husband Adrian. They have two adult sons.
Follow Karen on Twitter @KarenBell
British Consul General in Houston
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.