David Wright (British diplomat)
Sir David Wright
|British Ambassador to Japan|
|Prime Minister||John Major|
|Preceded by||Sir John Boyd|
|Succeeded by||Sir Stephen Gomersall|
|Born||16 June 1944|
|Education||Wolverhampton Grammar School|
|Alma mater||Peterhouse, Cambridge|
Sir David John Wright British diplomat who served as British Ambassador to Japan 1996–1999.(born 16 June 1944) is a former
He joined the Foreign Office in 1966 and was posted as Third Secretary, later Second Secretary, to Tokyo. He returned to the FCO in 1972 and was promoted in London to First Secretary before attending the École nationale d'administration in Paris in 1975. From 1976 to 1980 he was posted as First Secretary to the Paris Embassy. He was seconded to be Private Secretary to the Secretary of the Cabinet (1980–1982), as a Grade 7 civil servant. From 1982-1985 he was Counsellor (Economic) in Tokyo.
Wright was appointed Ambassador to South Korea in 1990 and four years later returned to London as Deputy Under Secretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. From 1996 to 1999 he was appointed Ambassador to Japan, a post which he left to become Chief Executive of British Trade International, which promotes British exports and inward investment. He retired in 2002.
After retiring from HM Diplomatic Service, Wright joined Barclays Capital, the investment banking arm of the Barclays group, as Vice Chairman where he is responsible for banking client relations in Asia-Pacific and Barclays links with UK government and other public entities. He is also Vice-President of the China-Britain Business Council, a member of the International Advisory Board of All Nippon Airways, and a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is the current Chair at the Korean British Business Council.
As of December 2017, Wright is Chairman of the board at Skarbek Associates.
Sir John Boyd
| British Ambassador to Japan
Sir Stephen Gomersall