Menna Rawlings has been British High Commissioner to Australia since April 2015. She joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1989 and has served in a wide range of Diplomatic Service roles. She was most recently a member of the FCO Management Board as Human Resources Director. This followed postings to Washington DC, Ghana, Israel, Kenya and Brussels. In London, she has served as Private Secretary to the Permanent Under Secretary as well as in Press Office and the Africa and EU Directorates.
She is married with three children.
As British High Commissioner her role gives her responsibility for the direction and work of the High Commission and its Deputy High Commissions and/or Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services. She graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in international relations. Her passion is for travelling and giving her kids the experience of living in different countries to get a different world view.