Flexible Working Arrangements
Paid Parental Leave
Leadership Development Programs
Internal Women's Networking Groups
The British High Commission in Singapore maintains and develops relations between the UK and Singapore. We are committed to the development of our staff. Local Staff have access to learning and development opportunities on our various platforms, in order to enhance their skills and build capability. We also promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow, ensuring all Posts provide at least our Global Minimum Standards as set out in our Charter. To find out about our basic employment offer, please read our Global Local Staff Charter. The Charter applies worldwide, but different Departments and Missions can adapt it to better reflect their local offer.
The United Kingdom is committed to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, including the promotion and protection of their human rights. In the United Kingdom and many other countries, gender equality is recognised as a human right and an essential component of peace, security, development, and economic prosperity. The UK’s Equality Act of 2010 protects people in the UK from discrimination (at work or in wider society) based on sex, age, marital status, being pregnant or on maternity leave, race, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation, or gender reassignment.
Gender equality must not only be affirmed in policy but implemented in practice. This gender pledge sets out specific commitments and key actions on gender equality for the British High Commission in Singapore. Achieving gender equality is everyone’s responsibility. The British High Commission’s gender pledge is approved by the High Commissioner and implementation is the shared responsibility of all staff.
Kara Owen - British High Commissioner Alexandra McKenzie - Deputy High Commissioner
Our top 2 diplomats are both women:
Ms Kara Owen CVO has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore in succession to Mr Scott Wightman CMG who will be transferring to another Civil Service appointment. Ms Owen will take up her appointment in July 2019.
Ms Alex McKenzie arrived at the British High Commission, Singapore in August 2015 as Deputy High Commissioner and Political Counsellor. She joined the Foreign Office in 2002, and has spent her career focusing on Europe and Asia, with postings to Beijing, Paris and Berlin. Alex has a degree in Philosophy and German from the University of Bristol.