Kate Ewart-Biggs in front of a pink background

British Council

Kate Ewart-Biggs OBE is Deputy Chief Executive of the British Council.

Kate joined the British Council after working to help street children in places such as Brazil, South Africa, and Indonesia. Since joining the British Council, she has worked in Uganda, Tanzania, Central and Eastern Europe and Egypt. 

Kate was also Regional Head for the Middle East and North Africa, where she led the response to upheavals for the Arab Spring, offering young people education, skills and opportunities to reshape their societies. 

Prior to her appointment as Deputy Chief Executive, Kate was Director Global Network, accountable for the strategic direction, performance and resilience of our operations in over 100 countries. She was responsible for managing strategic relationships with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and other Whitehall partners. 

She was Interim Chief Executive in 2021, leading the British Council’s response to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.