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Head of Media: Chloe Kembery 


Hayley Willis - Senior press officer

Ekene Oboko - Press officer 

Education and civil society: 

Alison Langley - Senior press officer

Campaigns, soft power and language learning in the UK

Peter Hawkins - Senior press officer

Amber Mezbourian - Press officer


The list below is not exclusive. We have experts on arts, education, culture and international affairs in more than 100 countries worldwide. Contact us to discuss how we can help you.

The UK's role in the world, soft power and international relationships post-Brexit

Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive

Sir Ciarán Devane took up the role of Chief Executive in January 2015. Ciarán has focused on ensuring that all stakeholders understand and value the contribution that soft power, cultural relations and the British Council makes to security, prosperity and influence, and that the organisation and staff are aligned behind that vision. Ciarán was educated at University College, Dublin where he gained first-class honours in biochemical engineering. He then started his career as an engineer and manager for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) before becoming a management consultant, mostly with Gemini Consulting. He holds a Masters degree in International Policy and Practice from George Washington University, Washington DC.

Kate Arthurs, Director, Arts

Kate started as Director Arts in May 2018, leading the British Council’s global arts programme. Her previous roles at the British Council include Director Strategy, Arts, Head of Arts in Mexico, Deputy Country Director Vietnam with East Asia-wide leadership of vocational skills training, and culture and development work in South Sudan.  She began her career managing Europe-wide projects at the Foreign Policy Centre and British Council Brussels on themes of diversity, inclusion, soft power and Britain’s role in Europe. She is a Director of Wasafiri magazine of international writing and speaks three languages.

The importance of learning modern foreign languages and gaining international skills for the UK economy

Vicky Gough, Schools Adviser

Mark Herbert, Global Head of Schools Programmes

Commentary on British arts and creative industries

Cortina Butler, Director, Literature

Emma Dexter, Director, Visual Arts

Cathy Graham, Director, Music

Briony Hanson, Director, Film

Sarah Mann, Director, Architecture, Design, Fashion

Neil Webb, Director, Theatre and Dance

Stabilising societies in crisis and cultural heritage protection in conflict zones

Sheelagh Stewart, Head of Societies in Crisis

Steve Stenning, Head of Culture and Development

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