Thursday 13 October 2016


British Council appoints former communications head of Samaritans and UNICEF UK as interim Director of Communications

The British Council has appointed Sophie Borromeo as interim Director of Communications.

She will lead the corporate communications teams comprising the media team, internal communications and engagement, events, and oversee the homepage and corporate social media channels.

Sophie’s previous positions include executive Director of Communications at the Samaritans and Head of Communications at UNICEF UK, with experience in several interim senior communications roles at large charities.

She takes up the position following the departure of Sao Bui-Van to work at the King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The British Council’s Director of Strategy and Engagement Hilary Cross said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Sophie into our organisation and with her experience we’re sure she’s going to hit the ground running.

“She will take a lead in raising our profile and the understanding of our work in the UK and explain the vital role of cultural relations in an increasingly challenging world.”

Sophie said: “I’m delighted to be joining the British Council at such a pivotal time for this well-respected organisation. The task of clearly communicating our vision for sharing the best of the UK’s culture, education and language globally and the impact we make has never been more important and I look forward to working with the team on this exciting challenge.”

The British Council will be advertising for the permanent position shortly.

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The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries.

Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.

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