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Caroline Wilson DCMG

Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

London, UK

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Caroline Wilson’s Biography

Dame Caroline Wilson DCMG is a diplomat and lawyer. In September 2020 she took up her role as the British Ambassador to China, representing the interests of Her Majesty The Queen and the UK Government in PRC.

Caroline qualified as a Barrister-at-law before joining the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1995. After studying to become fluent in Mandarin she took up her first overseas posting at the British Embassy in Beijing, where she worked for three years.

Returning to Europe, Caroline was posted to the EU in Brussels in 2001, and served as Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary from 2004 to 2006. She was then seconded to the Cabinet Office European Secretariat as Deputy Director.

Following a posting as Minister Counsellor in Moscow, Caroline served as Her Majesty’s Consul General to Hong Kong & Macao from 2012 to 2016. Returning to London, she was made Europe Director at the FCO, and helped to promote the UK's interests in Europe on both economic and security levels. She left the post in July 2019 when she became Her Majesty’s Ambassador Designate to the People’s Republic of China.

Caroline studied at Downing College, University of Cambridge, graduating with a MA in Law. She then went on to Université Libre de Bruxelles, gaining a Masters in European Community Law.

Caroline was appointed a CMG in the 2016 New Year's Honours list. In 2021 she was recognised for her outstanding contribution in several senior roles representing the United Kingdom overseas and awarded a DCMG.

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Caroline Wilson’s Background

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China
Sep 2020 - Present
Beijing, CN
The Ambassador of the United Kingdom to China is the United Kingdom's foremost diplomatic representative in the People's Republic of China, and in charge of the UK's diplomatic mission in China. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Europe Director
Oct 2016 - Jul 2019
London, UK
Caroline became Europe Director at the FCO in 2016. She appeared in a 2018 BBC documentary titled Inside the Foreign Office, which saw her accompany the then Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, on diplomatic engagements in Europe.
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Academic Appointments

Downing College, University of Cambridge
Honorary Fellow
2018 - Present

Caroline Wilson’s Education

Universite Libre de Bruxelles
Licence Speciale / Masters in European Law
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