Karen was appointed in 2017 as Consul-General at the British Consulate General in Guangzhou. She works to promote UK-China policy, trade and investment, and people to people relations in the six provinces of the South China region: Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hunan and Jiangxi.
Karen has lived in China since 2013, previously as Head of Science and Innovation in the British Embassy in Beijing. Karen has 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 16 years, specialising in the Asia-Pacific region, including overseas postings in Vietnam, New Zealand and China.
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.