CHAIR OF THE JUDGING PANEL
A career diplomat with a wide range of experience both in policy and service delivery, Vicki has been the British High Commissioner to Malaysia since October 2014. She was British High Commissioner to New Zealand and Samoa, and Governor of Pitcairn, from 2010-2014 and British Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai, heading the UK’s Western India team, from 2006-2010. Her earlier career saw postings to Islamabad and Kuala Lumpur and HQ jobs in London at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) covering Western Europe and Latin America policy.
Her strong business and commercial background stems from her first job in the FCO’s Economic Relations Department. Between 1997-2005 she was seconded to UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) including 3 ½ years as UKTI’s Director for the North West of England directing the region’s trade & investment agenda.
Vicki has dealt with major crises, leading the UK’s response to the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks and the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. This work saw her ensure the safety and care of UK citizens caught up in these tragic events as well as work with the local authorities to ensure UK assistance was made available on the ground.
Vicki is passionate about Youth engagement, Women’s and Children’s rights. She is clear that leadership requires compassion, collaboration, confidence and courage and is often asked to speak on these leadership values.
Vicki was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1989 and a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 2010. She won the 2009 Asian Women of Achievement Award for Public Service and received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Reading University in 2016.
A Eurasian, born in Malaysia and raised there until eight, her family migrated to the UK in 1968. She has travelled extensively both on business and for pleasure. Her interests include reading, art and photography.