Mark Gooding OBE
Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand

Mr Mark Gooding OBE is Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand. He started his role in Thailand in July 2021. Mark joined the FCO in 1999 and has spent his career working mostly on Europe and Asia. His previous FCO roles include Director Covid (Repatriations), Director EU (Future Partnership), Deputy Director Europe, Minister Counsellor (Political) at the British Embassy in Beijing, British Ambassador to Cambodia, British Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary. Mark holds a Master’s Degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University. He speaks Thai, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. In his spare time, he enjoys running, music and travelling. Mark is married to Dr Christopher McCormick, an education specialist.

British Ambassador to Thailand

The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.


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