Our priority is to deliver value for the UK and we are committed to strategically aligning our work to the long-term international priorities of the UK.

We support the broad long-term international policy interests and priorities of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, other relevant UK government departments and the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Communicating with the UK and devolved governments

We conduct an extensive consultation process as part of developing the British Council’s Corporate Plan. We seek comments and representations from government departments, other public bodies and major sector organisations on our priorities and focus. 

We maintain ongoing working relationships and communication with Whitehall departments and the UK’s devolved governments through regular meetings with ministers and officials. 

The British Council Chair meets annually with the Foreign Secretary. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office nominates a  member of our Board of Trustees. 

How we avoid conflicts of interest between policy support and programme delivery 

The British Council has skills, insight and relationships to support the UK government in achieving its international objectives. We do this through both policy support and programme delivery. 

This guidance is intended to eliminate any conflict of interest or unfair advantage that the British Council may derive from its policy support work for the UK government if it bids for government-funded opportunities in education, society and the arts. 

The guidance is for use by British Council staff and also has implications for UK government officials we engage with in the course of our work.

Read the full guidance (PDF 85kb).

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