British Ambassador to China

Caroline Wilson DCMG


Caroline Wilson DCMG took up her post as British Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China in October 2020.

Caroline joined the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in 1995 after qualifying as a Barrister-at-law.

She completed Mandarin language training at Beijing Normal University before taking up her first role overseas at the British Embassy in Beijing from 1997 to 2000.

Caroline was posted to the UK Representation to the European Union in Brussels in 2001 and served as Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary from 2004 to 2006.

Caroline was then seconded to the Cabinet Office European Secretariat as Deputy Director. From 2008 to 2012 she served at the British Embassy in Moscow as Minister Counsellor.

Caroline then went on to become Her Majesty’s Consul General to Hong Kong and Macao from 2012 to 2016.

Returning to London, Caroline was appointed Europe Director at the FCDO, a role she held from 2016 to 2019.

Caroline is fluent in Mandarin. Her Chinese name is 吴若兰.

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.

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Previous roles in government

  • Director, Europe
  • Consul General to Hong Kong & Macao