Vivien Life, Guest of Honour at DUCC Annual Dinner 2017, 11 May 2017, London

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Vivien Life, Director Free Trade Agreements, Trade Policy Group, Department for International Trade 
Guest of Honour and Dinner Speaker


Vivien Life started her role as Director Free Trade Agreements, Trade Policy Group, Department for International Trade in 2016.

Prior to that she British Ambassador to Denmark 2012 - 2016.

Prior that that she was at The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London as head of the department leading on energy and climate change, a job which Vivien took on immediately after COP 15 in Copenhagen.

Before that, from 2006-2009 she led a department working on a range of EU external policies, particularly enlargement, and where she also had responsibility for our relations with Nordic and Baltic countries, including Denmark.

From 1996-2006, Vivien had a variety of jobs in the FCO in London, including work on change management, developing the FCO’s first departmental strategy, and Latin America policy.

From 1992-1996, she worked in the embassy in Washington during President Clinton’s first term, leading on trade policy through the period that saw the conclusion of the last successful global round of trade negotiations. She also covered trade policy in the job she held in London beforehand.

Vivien joined the FCO from the Treasury in 1988, where she worked on international economic issues and spent time as a minister’s private secretary.

Vivien have a degree in English from the University of Oxford and she is married to Tim Dowse who is a director at the FCO. Together they have two daughters, both of whom are at university in the UK.

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