Barbara Woodward, British Ambassador to China, took office in February 2015.
Barbara Woodward joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1994. She has worked in China, Russia, the EU and at the UN.
|2015 – present||HM Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China|
|2011 – 2014||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)|
|1991 - 1993||Cabinet Office European Fast Stream, seconded to FCO EU Directorate including on 1992 EU Presidency|
|1990 – 1991||Joined ODA (now DFID) seconded to FCO Joint Assistance Unit|
British Ambassador to China
The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.
Previous roles in government
Director General, Economic and Consular (on leave)
- 2011 to 2014