Sir John Boyd

Sir John Boyd, Chairman, Asia House

Sir John Boyd was British Ambassador to Japan 1992-1996 and subsequently Master of Churchill College, Cambridge. He was Chairman of the British Museum 2002-2006. He is currently the Chairman of Asia House in London and of the Joseph Needham Research Institute in Cambridge. He is also Trustee of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Trust, the GB-Sasakawa Foundation; and of RAND (Europe) UK. Past appointments included UK representative for the ASEM Vision Group, Co-chairman of the Nuffield Languages Inquiry and Trustee of the Wordsworth Trust.

Sir John was a member of the British Diplomatic service from 1962-1996. He served twice in Hong Kong (on the second occasion as Political Adviser to the Governor) and Beijing twice. Other postings included Bonn, Washington, and the UK Mission to the UN. At home he served as Deputy UnderSecretary for Defence and subsequently Chief Clerk of the FCO before his posting to Japan. His tenure in Tokyo saw a marked expansion in bilateral exchanges on a wide front. He holds the Grand Cordon of the Rising Sun.

Sir John retains a keen interest in Asian languages.