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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to China

Barbara Janet Woodward has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China

Barbara Woodward

Ms Barbara Janet Woodward CMG OBE has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China in succession to Sir Sebastian Wood KCMG. Ms Woodward will take up her appointment during early 2015.

Ms Woodward joined the FCO in 1994. She has worked in China, Russia, the EU and at the UN. Ms Woodward was most recently a member of the Board of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Director General Economic & Consular Affairs.

On her appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Ms Woodward said:

I am honoured and delighted to succeed Sir Sebastian Wood and to be returning to China. I look forward to supporting further dynamic development in our bilateral trade and investment and to accelerating and deepening our cooperation across China, building up the indispensable partnership that the Prime Minister and Premier Li Keqiang reaffirmed earlier this year as the cornerstone for our security and prosperity in the 21st century.


Full name Ms Barbara Janet Woodward
2011 – present FCO, Director General (Economic & Consular)
2009 – 2011 UK Border Agency, International Director
2003 – 2009 Beijing, Political Counsellor, later Minister and Deputy Head of Mission
2001 – 2003 FCO, Deputy Head, Human Rights Policy Department
1999 – 2001 FCO, Head, EU Enlargement Section
1998 – 1999 FCO, Agenda 2000 Negotiating Team, EU Department
1994 – 1998 Moscow, Second later First Secretary (Commercial/Political)
1994 Joined FCO
1991 - 1993 Cabinet Office European Fast Stream, seconded to FCO EU Directorate including on 1992 EU Presidency

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Published 6 August 2014