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  • Barbara Woodword


    Barbara Woodword, born in 1961, is a British diplomat. Her Chinese name is 吴百纳. She serves as the British Ambassador to China since February 2015 and is the first woman to hold this position. Woodward undertook her undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews, Scotland in 1983. She went to Nankai University to teacher English as a volunteer in 1987. She graduated with an honorary Master of Arts degree on International Relations at Yale University in 1990. Ambassador Woodward joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1994. She has worked in China, Russia, the EU and at the UN. From 2003 to 2009 she worked in Beijing, first as a Political Counsellor, then across the whole UK-China relationship as Deputy Head of Mission. Ms Woodward was appointed International Director of UK Border Agency in 2009 and Director General for Economic & Consular Affairs in 2011. Barbara Woodward went back to China as British Ambassador to China and took office in February 2015.