Barbara is currently the British Ambassador to China and previously served as the Foreign Office’s Director General for Economic and Consular Affairs and the International Director of UK Border Force.
Barbara succeeds Karen Pierce, now British Ambassador to the United States.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:
I am delighted to announce Dame Barbara Woodward as our next Ambassador to the United Nations in New York.
Dame Barbara will bring her formidable intellect and dynamic diplomatic skills to bear – to deliver for Britain, and forge the cooperation we need with our international partners to tackle the toughest global challenges we face.
FCO Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Simon McDonald said:
The UK has a proud history of tackling the world’s most pressing issues through the United Nations. Barbara is a fantastic diplomat who has the skills and experience to lead this important work, and I congratulate her on the appointment.
Dame Barbara Woodward said:
I am honoured and delighted to be asked to lead the UK’s mission at the United Nations at a time when the rules-based international system faces pressing global challenges and a significant reform agenda. The UK has a vital role to play as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and the UN’s third largest donor.