Karen Betts was appointed as CEO of the SWA in May 2017, after a
16-year career in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Karen held a variety of posts in London and overseas with the
FCO. Most recently, she was British Ambassador to Morocco. She was
also Counsellor to the British Embassy in Washington, and held
roles at the UK's Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels
and the British Embassy in Baghdad. In London, she served in the
Cabinet Office and the Joint Intelligence Committee, as well as in
a variety of roles in the Foreign Office.
Prior to joining the FCO, Karen worked as a lawyer for Clifford
Chance in London and Hong Kong. She studied law at the College of
Law in Guildford and history at St. Andrews University.
Karen is a member of the CBI's International Trade and
Investment Council, a member of the Scottish Government's
Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board and Trade Board, and a
Trustee of Raleigh International.