According to a biographical note from Google's cache of the website of the East Asia Institute at Cambridge University:
- Sir Leonard Appleyard was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge where he took an Honours Degree in Classical Chinese. Before joining Barclays Capital in 1998 he was British Ambassador to China from 1994 to 1997. His career in the Foreign Office included posts as Deputy Secretary in the Cabinet Office and Secretary of the Gulf War Cabinet, British Ambassador to Hungary and Financial Counsellor in Paris. He speaks Chinese, Russian, Hungarian and French. His interests include music, history and golf.
An RSA biographical note adds that he 'was British Ambassador to China from 1994-1997 in the run-up to the return of Hong Kong and also earlier in China from 1966-1968, during the height of the Cultural Revolution. He was also First Secretary British High Commission in India from 1971-1974.'