Sebastian Wood

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Sir Sebastian Wood
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United Kingdom Ambassador to China
In office
March 2010 – February 2015
Monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Preceded by Sir William Ehrman
Succeeded by Barbara Woodward
Personal details
Born James Sebastian Lamin Wood
(1961-04-06) 6 April 1961 (age 54)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Sirinat Wood

Isobel Wood Henrietta Wood

Florence Wood

William Wood
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford
Occupation Diplomat

Sir James Sebastian Lamin Wood KCMG (Chinese: 吳思田; pinyin: Wú Sītián; born 6 April 1961) is a British diplomat who was British Ambassador to China 2010–15.[1]


Wood was educated at Emanuel School in London, then studied mathematics and philosophy at Magdalen College, Oxford, before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1983. He was posted to the British Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand; then was appointed as a First Secretary to the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group working on the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong.[2]

In 2002, while posted as a Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington DC, he was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).[3]

In 2010, he was granted his first ambassadorship as British Ambassador to China.[4] He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to British prosperity and British interests in China.[5]

In July 2015 the FCO announced that Wood was to become ambassador to Germany in September 2015.[6]


  1. ^ HE Mr Sebastian Wood, CMG, Debrett's, 2010.
  2. ^ British Ambassador to China: Sebastian Wood, Government of the United Kingdom.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56735. p. 9. 29 October 2002.
  4. ^ Sebastian Wood new UK ambassador to China, China Daily, 27 January 2010.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60895. p. b4. 14 June 2014.
  6. ^ Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Germany, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 29 July 2015
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir William Ehrman
British Ambassador to China
Succeeded by
Barbara Woodward