Congratulations to alumna Victoria Harrison who has been appointed HM Ambassador to Slovenia – becoming the first blind person to be appointed to the role of British Ambassador.

Victoria was a boarder at Wally from 1984-1993, spending her first two years in the Junior School before moving up to the Senior School 1986-1993.

Victoria and her guide dog Otto will take up the post in Ljubljana in August, giving her a few more months in which to learn Slovene.

Born with normal vision, Victoria developed a condition that meant her eyesight gradually worsened throughout her teens. She eventually lost her sight after university.

She says her interest in foreign diplomacy was sparked in her teens by TV news reports on the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Being a trailblazer is not new for Victoria; before becoming the first blind British ambassador, she had been the first blind person to join the Foreign Office and the first blind diplomat to be posted overseas.

You can read more about Victoria in this BBC News article.