Karen was appointed in 2017 as Consul General for the British Consulate General in Guangzhou. She is also responsible for the British Government’s engagement in the six provinces of the South China region: Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hunan and Jiangxi.
Karen has lived in China since 2013, most recently as Deputy Consul General in Guangzhou and prior to that in the British Embassy in Beijing as First Secretary and Head of the Beijing Science and Innovation Team. Karen is a linguist and social scientist with an LLB degree in Law and Japanese and an MSc in Global Development Management. She has worked for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 15 years, specialising in the Asia-Pacific region, including overseas postings in Vietnam, New Zealand and China.
Karen previously worked for VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), working as an English Teacher at Anhui Agricultural University in Hefei, China between 1998 and 2000.
Consul-General in Guangzhou
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.