Meet the Team

Chantal Harrison-Lee

Senior Programme Manager | South Asia and EU


Chantal is responsible for developing partnerships and programmes within the EU, including Cultural Skills Academy, Live Skills, and International Museums Academy Greece.

She holds an MA in Film Production and Business management and prior to joining us worked in independent film production, the visual arts, and cultural and creative skills sector, with a focus around managing and delivering projects within the EU including cooperation strands and European Social Fund projects.

Rosemary Parkhill

Programme Manager | Sub Saharan Africa and Wider Europe

Rosemary manages our Cultural Skills work in festivals, connecting UK knowledge and skills with sectors overseas, working with colleagues to design festival management programmes she has delivered festival projects in: Brazil, Indonesia, Nigeria, The Gulf, India and UK, and has advised on programmes in Southern Africa, East Africa and Jamaica.

Rosemary has worked in British Council Arts for 8 years and holds a BA in English Literature and Women’s Studies.


Vanessa Gabriel-Robinson

Programme Manager | Americas

Vanessa has over 12 years experience in the cultural and creative field, developing projects with social impact for both private and public institutions. Previous posts include working for Instituto Claro, in Brazil, and Innovation Manager for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University.
Vanessa has an MBA in Strategic Communications and an MA in Science and Information, where she researched how the internet can empower isolated communities.

Giulia Crossley

Marketing and Communications Manager

Giulia manages the Communications for the Cultural Skills team. She is responsible for the day to day running of Communications for the department as well as the website and digital offers. 

In a Marketing career spanning 10 years Giulia's background balances the creative industries; visual art, theatre and design with roles in local government, environment and digital tech. Giulia has a BA in Social Philosophy and Applied Ethics and is a member of the Arts Marketing Association.

Susan Winter

Programme Manager | East Asia and EU

Susan manages our Cultural Skills work in East Asia and the delivery of several programmes in Europe. She is presently the unit's lead on Disability Arts. Before joining The British Council, Susan was Resident Producer and Project Manager at Greenwich Theatre for ten years working across education, production and artist development.

Susan holds a BA in Modern Drama Studies from Brunel University and an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmith’s University London. 


Juliana Peppl

Team Assistant

Juliana has more than six years of work experience in arts and education. She worked as a Programme Coordinator at the Education Programme of the Mercosul Biennale in Brazil. In London, Juliana has experience working in museums, galleries and community centres.

Juliana holds a BA in Social Communication and a postgraduate certificate in Economy of Culture.

Irini Vouzelakou

Programme Manager | EU

Currently on Maternity Leave

Irini develops and manages our EU Europe regional strategy. She was previously Head of Arts at the British Council in Greece. She has worked extensively with artists and organisations across the cultural and creative industries. Prior to this, she was Assistant Artistic Director at the European Capital of Culture “Patras 2006” and prior to that Section Manager of Culture at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.