Leonard Appleyard

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Sir Leonard Appleyard
British Ambassador to People's Republic of China
In office
Preceded by Sir Robin McLaren
Succeeded by Sir Anthony Galsworthy
Personal details
Born (1938-09-02) 2 September 1938 (age 79)
Spouse(s) Elizabeth West (1964-1994)
Joan Jefferson (1994-)
Education Read School, Drax
Alma mater Queens' College, Cambridge
Occupation Diplomat

Sir Leonard Vincent Appleyard KCMG (b. 2 September 1938)[2] is a former British diplomat.[1]


Born in 1938, Appleyard was educated at The Read School, an independent school for boys (now co-educational) in the village of Drax in North Yorkshire, followed by Queens' College at the University of Cambridge, from which he gained a degree (with Honours) in Classical Chinese. He speaks Chinese, Russian, Hungarian and French.[1]


He served at the British Embassy in the People's Republic of China between 1966 and 1968 (during the country's Cultural Revolution). He served as First Secretary British High Commission in India from 1971–1974, and later returned to China as ambassador in 1994 until 1997, a period which witnessed the Taiwan Strait Crisis (1995–96) and also the 'handover' of Hong Kong from UK rule to the People's Republic of China.

Sir Leonard also served as the UK's ambassador to Hungary; served in the Treasury; in the Cabinet Office as Deputy Cabinet Secretary; as Secretary of the Gulf War Cabinet; and Financial Counsellor in Paris.

Following his departure from the diplomatic service, Sir Leonard took up a position as vice-chairman of Barclays Capital.

Sir Leonard also served as joint-Chairman on the Nuffield Languages Programme Steering Group along with Sir Trevor McDonald.

He is a former Pro-Chancellor of Bournemouth University.


  1. ^ a b c A & C Black (2012). "APPLEYARD, Sir Leonard (Vincent)". Who's Who 2012, online edition. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 2 September 2014. p. 37. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Brian Fall
Principal Private Secretary
to the Foreign Secretary

Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Galsworthy
Preceded by
Peter Unwin
British Ambassador
to Hungary

Succeeded by
Sir John Birch
Preceded by
Sir John Weston
Director, Political of the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Succeeded by
Pauline, The Baroness Neville-Jones
Preceded by
Sir Robin McLaren
British Ambassador
to China

Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Galsworthy