Liz Davidson took up the post of Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Brasilia in August 2017.
She has worked in a number of UK Government Departments, most recently, as Deputy Director leading on post-Brexit trade relationships with the Americas at the UK’s Department for International Trade. At the Home Office, she delivered new legislation to reform the police complaints and disciplinary system, and led teams of immigration enforcement officers in South London. At Her Majesty’s Treasury, she worked on issues such as UK expenditure on policing and counter-terrorism, the UK’s migration policy, new benefits for families, international development finance and reforms to public sector pay. In 2008, Liz spent a year on secondment from HM Treasury to the G20 Secretariat in the Brazilian Finance Ministry.
Liz studied political philosophy at the University of Cambridge and has a Masters Degree in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London. She spent a year teaching English at Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta in Indonesia, and was a Daiwa Scholar in Japan.
Liz is married and has two young sons. She loves travel, dance, walking and singing.
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Brasilia
The Deputy Head of Mission is a senior diplomat and typically a key advisor to the Ambassador or High Commissioner. The Deputy is responsible for the daily management of an overseas Embassy or High Commission. They will represent the UK’s interests in the absence of the Ambassador as Chargé d’Affaires. A senior ranking Deputy may also take the title Minister. Smaller missions may not have a Deputy Head.