Director General, Economic and Consular

Barbara Woodward

Barbara Woodward

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Biography

Barbara Woodward was appointed Director General, Economic and Consular and joined the FCO Board in 2011.

Barbara joined the FCO via DFID (then ODA) and the European Fast Stream in 1991 and since then has:

  • worked in Moscow from 1994 to 1998
  • worked as part of the team which secured Investors in People (IiP) accreditation for the FCO in 2001
  • worked in Beijing from 2003 to 2009 (first as Political Counsellor, then across the whole UK-China relationship as Deputy Head of Mission, including during the OIympics)
  • run the UK’s global visa operation at the UK Border Agency from 2009 to 2011

Director General, Economic and Consular

Board members give corporate leadership to the FCO by ensuring that the department meets the foreign policy priorities, Public Service Agreements targets and service delivery targets set by ministers. The Director General, Economic and Consular has the following areas of responsibility:

  • Europe
  • prosperity
  • Asia Pacific
  • consular services
  • migration

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