Richard Wood (diplomat)

Richard Wood is a British diplomat, who has served as the British Ambassador to Norway since August 2018.

Richard Wood
British Ambassador to Norway
Assumed office
23 August 2018
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded bySarah Gillett
Personal details
Born (1967-08-27) August 27, 1967 (age 54)
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

Early lifeEdit

Richard John Wood was born on 27 August 1967 in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, England. Wood is the son of John Michael Wood and Christine Barbara Wood.[1]

Wood was educated at Lynn Grove High School and East Norfolk Sixth Form College. Wood attended Leeds Polytechnic, graduating with a BA (Hons) in European languages and institutions in 1990.[1]


Wood joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1990. His first role was as Desk Officer for the Single Market, European Presidency, and Gibraltar.[2]

His first foreign posting was as the Second Secretary for internal politics in Cape Town and Pretoria.[2] During his first posting Wood was outed as homosexual to the FCO Security Department by colleagues, and was sent back to Britain and told to expect dismissal. He was allowed to keep his job, but said that he faced "years of resentment and fear".[3]

Ambassador to NorwayEdit

Wood was appointed the British Ambassador to Norway on 23 August 2018.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Wood married his husband Xavier Piot in 2008.[1] They have a dog called Hudson.[5] Wood speaks fluent Norwegian.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Wood, Richard John". Who's Who. 1 December 2020. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U289819 (inactive 28 February 2022).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: DOI inactive as of February 2022 (link)
  2. ^ a b "Richard Wood - GOV.UK". GOV.UK. Retrieved 31 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Wood, Richard (22 February 2021). "My LGBT History". Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Retrieved 31 March 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Wood, Richard (6 September 2018). "The British-Norwegian economic partnership". Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Retrieved 31 March 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b Gran, Hilde (30 January 2020). "DEN BRITISKE AMBASSADØREN RICHARD WOOD TIL TV 2: Ønsker et tett forhold til Norge etter brexit" [THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR RICHARD WOOD TO TV 2: Wants a close relationship with Norway after Brexit]. TV 2 (in Norwegian). Retrieved 31 March 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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