Dame Caroline Wilson DCMG, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to China

A message from the Champion

I am honoured to be the Generation UK: China Network Champion, supporting a campaign by the British Council which is doing fantastic work in bringing more and more young people from the UK to study and gain on-the-ground experience in China.  

By connecting young UK nationals with practiced China experts, the Generation UK: China Network plays a key role in deepening UK engagement with China and provides a platform for people to interact from different industries, professions and career stages.  

We are at an important moment in UK-China relations. Leaving the EU signifies a change in the way Britain will engage on the world stage. Much of our work now is about laying foundations for the future; for government, for business, for the whole of the UK to enjoy a strong and prosperous relationship with China.

Developing understanding and connections between young people in our two countries is more important than ever. It is through such exchanges that we create a better understanding of each other’s cultures and languages. And it is on this basis that we can build trust and mutual respect for one another.

As Champion of the Generation UK: China Network, I look forward to meeting more young people who have gained experience in China through study, work and volunteering experience, as well as raising awareness of the Generation UK mission and advocating for the importance of a ‘China-literate’ generation who can drive the bilateral relationship forward.

Dame Caroline Wilson DCMG
Her Majesty’s Ambassador to China 


Leading Lights

We are delighted to share our Generation UK: China Network Leading Lights. 

Leading Lights are illustrious men and women at the forefront of their respective fields and who have benefited from experience in China. These successful UK nationals come from a range of sectors including diplomacy, technology and sustainability.

The Leading Lights are active participants in the Network and will regularly share their thoughts and expertise on China topics. They will also attend our events as guests, keynote speakers or panellists and through this, open up new channels for collaboration, exchange and business with China.  

Leading Lights play an increasingly important role in sustaining the legacy of the Generation UK campaign and advocating the importance of young UK nationals gaining experience in China. We hope you are excited to get to know them. Here you can find out more about the Leading Lights and their interesting China stories.

Max Johnson

Founder, MJ Capital

Max was the first UK student to pursue an MBA at Tsinghua University, Beijing. After graduating in 2009, Max worked as the Business Development Manager for Wogen Resources and served as the Vice-Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, he joined Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong as an investment banker. He now runs Max J Capital, a private investment firm engaged in business consultancy, wellness and lifestyle concepts. Max speaks fluent Russian, Polish, French and Mandarin.

Tim Clissold: Author of Mr China and Asset Recovery Specialist

Tim Clissold

Author of ‘Mr China’; Asset Recovery Specialist

Tim spent two years studying Mandarin in Beijing before co-founding one of the first private equity groups in China in the 1990’s. He later ran the China distressed asset investment business of Goldman Sachs and founded a carbon offset business with start-up capital from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust. He is the author of ‘Mr China’, which won the Economist magazine’s ‘Book of the Year’ and is a Senior Research Associate at the China Centre, Jesus College, Cambridge.

 Become part of a vibrant community of UK nationals with experience in China.