Photo by Frank Noon 

After studying English at university, Adrian Greer worked for the National Audit Office in Scotland where he qualified as an accountant. In 1984 he joined the British Council’s Overseas Career Service, and after a posting to Japan became corporate Chief Accountant, in 1989. Since then, he has held a number of senior positions overseas and in the UK.

Overseas he has been Country Director in Lesotho and Swaziland, Zambia and Russia, where he led the expansion of the operation to 15 centres across the country, from Moscow to Sakhalin, and was awarded a CMG in 2004. He was Regional Director for East Asia, based in Singapore, from 2007-2010.

Within the UK, he worked for four years in Manchester as head of the development consultancy division for Europe and then for Asia and the Americas.  He has been a member of British Council Executive Board for 11 years, first as Director Learning, Creativity and Society (2004-2007), then as head of the overseas network, and later as Chief Operating Officer (2010 until the present).

He also serves as the Chancellor’s Assessor and lay member of the university of St Andrews Court and is married, with three daughters and a son. In his spare time he runs competitively for a London-based athletics club and enjoys open water swimming.