Karen Pierce will move to Washington from her current role as ambassador to the UN.

Dame Karen Pierce has been appointed as the next UK ambassador to the USA. Pierce is currently the UK’s ambassador to the UN in New York and Permanent Representative at the UN Security Council.

Karen Pierce is one of the UK’s most experienced senior diplomats and will be the first woman to serve as the UK’s ambassador to the USA.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:

“It is a time of huge opportunity for the friendship between the UK and US and I am delighted that Karen Pierce will take forward this exciting new chapter in our relationship. We’re proud to be sending to Washington such an outstanding diplomat, and I warmly congratulate her on her appointment.”

Karen Pierce said:

“I am honoured to have been asked to represent the UK in the US. I think it is the UK’s single most important relationship. There is a deep bond between Britain and the US, built on many pillars.

We have a fantastic cross-Government team across the US and I look forward to working with them to strengthen and even further deepen the special relationship between our two countries and peoples.”

Karen Pierce has been the UK’s ambassador to the UN in New York since March 2018. Prior to that, Pierce served as the Director General for Political Affairs and Chief Operating Officer of the Foreign & Commonwealth in London, from 2016. Pierce joined the FCO in 1981.