Tuesday 25 February 2014


The British Council has appointed Caroline Stockmann to be its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Caroline joins from Save the Children International where, in her current role as CFO, she has headed up finance, legal and IT for the $1bn new organisation – bringing together all international programmes for Save the Children members into one organisation. Caroline’s background spans international NGOs, arts organisations, global commercial brands and ‘Big Four’ accountancy. She has held senior finance and commercial roles at organisations including the Southbank Centre, Unilever and Novartis Pharmaceuticals in the UK, Benelux, Thailand and Switzerland. 

Sir Martin Davidson, British Council Chief Executive, said: “Caroline’s experience, most recently as CFO of Save the Children, will be a great asset to the organisation as we respond to the increasing international demand for UK cultural and educational programmes and services at a time of reduced public funding. Caroline’s knowledge of working in the commercial and third sector organisations in different parts of the world is a great background for her role in the British Council which has teams based in over 100 countries.”

Ms Stockmann said: “I am delighted to be joining the British Council - a fantastic organisation with a purpose very close to my heart.”

Caroline will join the British Council’s Executive and Management Boards and will be the lead for Finance professionals globally. She will start on 2 June and will be based in London.

The British Council’s interim CFO, Christopher Kinsella, will continue to lead several major change programmes within the British Council until Ms Stockmann starts. He will oversee the year-end financial process and hand over to Ms Stockmann in early June. 

For more information or an image, contact Mark Moulding in the British Council Press Office on 0207 389 4889 or mark.moulding@britishcouncil.org

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We work in more than 100 countries and our 7000 staff – including 2000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year teaching English, sharing the Arts and in education and society programmes.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than a quarter of our turnover which last year was £781m.  The rest we earn from English teaching, UK exams and services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with other institutions, brands and companies.  All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and creates prosperity and security for the UK and the countries we work in all around the world.

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