Friday 21 August 2015


The British Council is pleased to announce that Deborah Bronnert, Chief Operating Office at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), has joined the British Council Board of Trustees.  As Chief Operating Officer, Deborah is responsible for delivering the staff, estate, tools, services and events for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The Chair of the British Council's Board of Trustees, Sir Vernon Ellis, said: "I am delighted to welcome Deborah as a new trustee. She brings with her a vast breadth of experience, energy and ideas that will enable us to increase our impact and influence for the UK around the world through our work in arts, education and the English language."

Deborah Bronnert said: “I am delighted to join the British Council Board of Trustees, having worked closely with the British Council throughout my career.  The British Council makes a positive contribution around the world, helping to foster knowledge and understanding between Britain and the world that makes a lasting difference to the UK’s security, prosperity and influence. I look forward to working with them in the future.”

The British Council’s Board of Trustees assure the British Council’s charitable purpose and are accountable for the organisation's governance. They hold the Executive Board accountable for the organisation’s performance, strategy and policy. They are appointed to serve a three-year term, and are selected through a process of external search, interviews and final vote by the full Board.

Before joining the FCO, Deborah spent three years in Zimbabwe as UK Ambassador (2011-2014). She has also served in Moscow (2002-2005), been a member of a European Commissioner’s Cabinet (1995-1999) and served at the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels (1991-1993).

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The Board of Trustees are the guardians of the British Council’s purpose and are ultimately accountable for the organisation.

Chaired by Sir Vernon Ellis, they hold the Executive Board responsible for the organisation’s performance, strategy and policy. The trustees meet six times a year and edited minutes of their meetings are available to the public.

Please click on the link below for a full list of current trustees.


About the British Council

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. 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 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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