Harriet Thompson

British Deputy High Commissioner


Harriet Thompson is the British Deputy High Commissioner, leading a large and growing mission covering the full spectrum of the UK’s work in Nigeria, with a particular focus on commercial and economic development. She arrived in Lagos in July 2019 after nearly three years as British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria in Abuja.

Previously Ms Thompson enjoyed a varied career working across the British Government, leading policy and programmes across trade, energy, climate change and other areas.

She negotiated trade policy at the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU, led the UK delegation to the UNFCCC climate change negotiations, led the UK’s strategy to counter serious and organised crime, and ran a major change programme at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to create the Fraud Investigation Service. Outside of government, she was an embedded secondee advising the Minister of Agriculture, Sierra Leone, working for the Africa Governance Initiative.