He was appointed as parliamentary under-secretary of state at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in July 2014. Ellwood was also chosen to be the parliamentary adviser to the Prime Minister for the 2014 NATO Summit. 
Ellwood was educated overseas in Bonn and Vienna when his parents were overseas as members of the United Nations. He then attended Loughborough University. He completed the senior executive course in National and International Studies at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. 
Ellwood was in the Royal Green Jackets from 1991 to 1996, and served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Kuwait, Germany, Gibraltar and Bosnia. He left the army at the rank of captain and is a current army reservist. Ellwood was a senior business development manager with the London Stock Exchange for two years, he then worked at Allen and Overy in a senior role. 
Gifts from Gulf monarchies
In July 2017 newly published government transparency data revealed that several ministers - Boris Johnson, Liam Fox, Greg Hands and Tobias Ellwood - had all accepted hampers from since the start of the Saudi bombardment of Yemen in April 2015. The Independent also revealed that Lib Dem minister Vince Cable had also accepted a hamper in 2011. Although the hampers were accepted as gifts, most were retained by the ministers’ departments, with some used for hospitality or passed on elsewhere. Campaigners criticised the
- “The Saudi dictatorship has one of the worst human rights records in the world – it executes its critics and treats women appallingly. Its bombing campaign in Yemen has killed thousands and pushed millions to the edge of starvation,” Joe Lo of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) told The Independent.
- “This garish sign of friendship is all too typical of the close-knit relationship between Whitehall and the Saudi regime.The UK Government should be using its influence to stand up for those suffering in Yemen, not accepting luxury hampers from those that are bombing them.”
- Lisa Erlandsen
- Mariam Kazem-Malaki - Caseworker, Bournemouth East Conservative Association
- Jessica Terry 
- Conservative Middle East Council - vice-chairman since June 2010
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- Jon Stone, [Tory ministers accept 20 luxury food hampers from Saudi Arabian regime worsening famine in Yemen: Campaigners said the gifts were a symbol of the government’s close relationship with the autocracy], the independent, 21 May 2017 22:15 BST
- FCO, [https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/624263/FCO_Ministers_Q4_Jan-Mar_17_GIFTS.csv/preview Transparency data, Gifts received and given - January to March 2017, Published 30 June 2017
- Register of interests of members' secretaries and research assistants, 23 March 2016, parliament.uk, accessed 20 April 2016