British High Commissioner to New Zealand

Ms Laura Clarke


Ms Laura Clarke took up her role as High Commissioner to New Zealand, and Governor of the Pitcairn Islands, in January 2018.

Her previous role was as Head of the South Asia Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Government Coordinator for India. Other roles include Political Counsellor in Pretoria, South Africa; Chief of Staff to the Minister for Europe; work in FCO London on Sudan and Yemen, and EU Justice and Home Affairs. Prior to joining FCO she worked in the Ministry of Justice, the European Commission, and the British Parliament.

Laura studied modern languages at Cambridge University, and International Relations at the London School of Economics. She is married to Toby Fisher, a human rights barrister, and has three children.

British High Commissioner to New Zealand

The High Commissioner is the UK government’s representative in a Commonwealth nation. They are responsible for the direction and work of the High Commission and its Deputy High Commissions and/or Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.


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