Simon Wood has been in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a career diplomat for almost 20 years. He has previously been posted overseas twice to Tokyo, Japan; and also posted overseas as Deputy Ambassador at the British Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has worked on a wide range of EU policy issues in London, including EU external relations and EU enlargement, as well as Western Balkans post-conflict support in the 90’s. Most recently, he was head of the Foreign Office’s Crisis Management Department, and managed responses to many serious incidents overseas affecting British nationals, including terrorist attacks and natural disasters, as well as ensuring the UK’s global network of Embassies and Consulates were prepared for responding to crises.
Prior to joining the Foreign Office, Simon worked in industry in market research, and as an English teacher in Japan. He has masters’ degrees in French and German from the University of Edinburgh. He is married with 3 children – his family are accompanying him on his posting to Rio.
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British Consul General, Rio de Janeiro
The Consul General is the senior UK official in a Consulate General, which is a subordinate office to the Embassy or High Commission, usually located in another major city. The Consul General represents the UK government and is typically responsible for consular, visa and trade activities in their city or region.
Previous roles in government
Deputy Head of Mission, Denmark
- 2010 to 2014