Michael Ward is a career diplomat who has specialised in European affairs and promoting trade and foreign direct investment to the UK. He took up his position as Consul General and Director General, Department for International Trade, Australia and New Zealand, in February 2017.
Previous to his posting to Australia, Michael was the Interim Managing Director for Volume Exports and Investment at the Department for International Trade (DIT), where he led the operation to transform the way DIT supports and serves larger numbers of UK exporters and foreign direct investors.
Prior to this role, Michael was Director, Department for International Trade in France and Regional Director Inward Investment for Europe.
Other roles at DIT include Director, Strategic Relationship Management and Director, Infrastructure and Low Carbon. Michael has also served at at the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels , as a Foreign Policy Advisor at the European Commission and as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Budapest.
He read Modern Languages (French and German) at Oxford. Michael is bilingual in French and also speaks Turkish and Hungarian.
British Consul General and Director General UK Trade & Investment Australia and New Zealand
Previous roles in government
Director, Department for International Trade France
- 2011 to 2015