British Council

Andy Williams has been the British Council’s Chief Operating Officer since April 2019, responsible for the organisation’s group operations which include digital and technology, corporate planning, data, evidence and performance,  investment portfolio, marketing and communications, internal audit, risk, internal controls and compliance and oversight of our operations hub in India. Andy is also Chair of the British Council’s Speak Up Committee and the organisation’s Climate Change Champion.

Andy has worked across the global network for the British Council spending around 25 years overseas since 1991 in leadership roles. From August 2015 to March 2019, he was the British Council’s Regional Director for Wider Europe, responsible for 15 countries, from Western Balkans to Central Asia via Russia, Israel, Turkey and Ukraine and based in Istanbul. Andy’s other leadership roles for the British Council have included periods as Country Director in Poland and Azerbaijan, Director Operations for EU region, operational management of large teaching businesses in Syria and Thailand and global responsibility for the business development and operational management of the world’s leading English Language test, IELTS.