Laura Clarke

Laura Clarke is a British diplomat, who is currently serving as the British High Commissioner to New Zealand, and the Governor of Pitcairn.

Laura Clarke
Clarke in 2018
Governor of the Pitcairn Islands
Assumed office
25 January 2018[1]
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byRobin Shackell
British High Commissioner to New Zealand
Assumed office
January 2018
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byJonathan Sinclair
Personal details
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
London School of Economics[2]


Before taking up her current role, she worked as Head of the South Asia Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She also worked as a political counsellor in Pretoria, South Africa and in the Ministry of Justice.[3]

In November 2018 the British High Commission employed its first Maori adviser and also a language teacher for Clarke, as the New Zealand indigenous language is generally used alongside English.[4]

Clarke's husband is a New Zealander.[5]


  1. "Pitcairn Islands Government 2019". Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  2. Laura Clarke - LinkedIn
  3. "Ms Laura Clarke". Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  4. Roy, Eleanor Ainge (5 November 2018). "UK high commission in New Zealand to recruit Māori adviser and te reo teacher". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  5. Harris, Dominic (26 October 2019). "Chef hopes beer-shout offer if England beat ABs isn't a half-baked idea". Retrieved 26 October 2019.