British Ambassador to China

Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE


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)
1994 Joined FCO
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

Ambassador Barbara Woodward’s Sina Weibo

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

  1. Director General, Economic and Global Issues

    • 2011 to 2014


  1. Speech by ambassador at Chevening's 35th anniversary celebrations in China
  2. G20: how UK-China cooperation is greening global financial flows
  3. British Ambassador’s speech at the Her Village forum on Inspiring Women
  4. British Ambassador's speech at Alibaba Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship