Mr Woods is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Mr Woods has extensive experience within the Department and has previously served overseas as Ambassador, Venezuela, and Deputy Head of Mission, India. He had earlier postings to the United Kingdom, Egypt and Jordan.
Mr Woods holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Economics degree from the Australian National University and a Diploma in Corporate Management from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Mr Woods was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service on 11 June 1990. He speaks Spanish and Arabic. Mr Woods is married with two children.