Tuesday 02 February 2016


The British Council has appointed Andrew Horton as Director Digital, Partnerships and Innovation. Reporting to the Chief Executive, Sir Ciarán Devane, Horton will sit on the Executive Board of the British Council and will join the organisation in March 2016.

Previously Horton was Director Content and Brand Licensing for Time Inc. (UK) and previously held numerous senior positions at IPC Media. He was also a non-executive board member for NLA Media Access, the content and database business representing 4,380 properties to 9,700 clients and the Publishers’ Licensing Society, a not-for-profit organisation owned by 3 media trade associations.

“I am delighted to be joining the British Council, a unique organisation", said Andrew. “Its ability to build trust and create opportunities around the world has never more been needed and I look forward to working with my colleagues and team to accelerating its contribution."

As Director Digital, Partnerships and Innovation, Horton will have overall responsibility for the strategic direction of the British Council’s partnerships globally as well as the development of new digital products across the organisation.

Sir Ciarán Devane added: “Andrew has a strong commercial background in digital and media, both in UK and international markets. He brings substantial knowledge and experience in developing and launching new products in the digital space, and in developing large-scale strategic partnerships, all of which will play a significant role in driving innovation and change here at the British Council.”

Notes to Editor

For more information contact Sao Bui-Van in the British Council Press Office on 0207 389 4778 / Out-of-hours 07469 375160 or sao.bui-van@britishcouncil.org

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We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 20 per cent of our turnover which last year was £864 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.

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