Barbara Woodward CMG OBE, British Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, is the official Champion of the Generation UK: China Network.
As Champion of the network, the British Ambassador plays an invaluable role in raising awareness of the initiative and advocating its importance in building trust and understanding between the UK and China.
Ms Barbara Woodward first came to China in 1986 as an English teacher in Wuhan. After mastering the Chinese language, she joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and worked on economic and security aspects of foreign policy across the world. She has held numerous diplomatic posts, including Deputy Ambassador to Russia, Deputy Ambassador to China and then Ambassador to China in February 2015. In 1999 Barbara was awarded an OBE for her part in securing the release of two British hostages from Chechnya. She was made a CMG in 2011. Ms Woodward says:
“Connecting British students with China experts will enable the exchange of knowledge, and will encourage further UK engagement with China. The network will help strengthen the golden era, allowing individuals to understand and benefit from it, and ensure the UK-China relationship continues to blossom.”
We have selected a number of UK nationals to join the Generation UK: China Network as Leading Lights. Leading Lights are individuals at the forefront of their respective fields and who have benefited from experience in China. These successful individuals come from a range of sectors including diplomacy, business and media.
The Leading Lights are active participants in the LinkedIn group and will attend our events as guests, keynote speakers or panellists. Interacting with the Leading Lights as well as with our invited Chinese business men and women will open up new channels for collaboration, exchange and business with China.