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UK appoints first ever female ambassador to the UN Karen Pierce

Published on November 28, 2017
Karen Pierce has become the UK's first ever female ambassador to the UN.


  • She is a political director general at the Foreign Office who first joined the FCO in 1981
  • She will take over the role in January, succeeding 18 male postwar predecessors. 
  • She had represented UK in a wide variety of capacities, attending functions hosted by organisations such as the UN and the World Trade Organisation. 
  • Pierce will succeed Matthew Rycroft, who is to return to the UK as permanent secretary to the Department for International Development.

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