Digital Advisory Group

The Digital Advisory Group advises the Digital leadership team and influences how the British Council’s vision and strategy are developed.

The Digital Advisory Group reports to the Executive Board. Its formation or disbandment is the responsibility of the CEO. It is a forum for advice and has no decision making or executive powers.

The members of the Digital Advisory Group are listed below.

Our Digital Advisory Group members

Dawn Ellis - Chair

Dawn has worked in international publishing, digital marketing and communications for over 25 years. She began her career teaching English as a foreign language in Paris where she then joined Heinemann Publishers in their marketing department. She was Director of New Media at Oxford University Press and then moved to the University of Edinburgh to create and deliver digital platform strategies for multi-disciplinary and diverse university audiences.

Digital Advisory Group member Dawn Ellis

Rohan Gunatillake

Rohan Gunatillake's first specialism is exploring how the arts can do more interesting things with digital tools & digital thinking. He is the co-producer of Sync and is the learning partner of the £7M Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. His second specialism is understanding how popular technologies might create joy, focus and calm instead of distress, distraction and anxiety. He is the creator of buddhify, the mobile mindfulness app for modern life.

Digital Advisory Group member Rohan Gunatillake

John Howie

John Howie is the Chief Privacy Officer and Head of Cybersecurity for Huawei Consumer Business Group. He is a Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Computing, and a Research Professor at the University of Arizona. John graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a BSc (Hons) in Computing, in 1991, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Technology (h.c.) in 2012, and holds CISSP, CISM, CISA, CIPP/US and CIPP/IT certifications.

Digital Advisory Group member John Howie

Terry Makewell

Terry is the Chief Digital Officer at the Office for National Statistics and has delivered multi-million pound digital transformations across both the public and private sectors. He has a seat at the Government Digital Leaders group and is also a trustee of the South West Heritage Trust which is committed to protecting and celebrating the heritage of the South West of the UK. He graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Computer Science and gained an MBA in 2006. 

Digital Advisory Group member Terry Makewell

Dr James Miller

Professor James Miller has been Deputy Vice Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University since August 2015. He began his career in 1986 as a Clinical Nurse in the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh after graduating from North Lothian College of Nursing and Midwifery. He was appointed Director of the Open University in Scotland in 2010. Professor Miller gained an MBA from Napier University in 1998 and a PhD from Edinburgh University in 2004. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Digital Advisory Group member James Miller

Tessa Quinn

Tessa is a digital engagement specialist providing advice and guidance to the cultural and third sectors. She is also on the board of community arts charity Impact Arts and the Art UK Steering Group. A graduate of the University of Glasgow, Tessa spent her early career working in the Employment Service, before joining the British Film Institute in London. On return to Scotland, she became Head of Digital at the National Galleries of Scotland.

 

Teresa Quinn

Vikas Shah

Vikas is Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship on MIT Sloan’s European Programme in Lisbon.  He is CEO of Swiscot Group, and is a serial-entrepreneur and angel-investor. Vikas is Chair of FutureEverything, President of TiE UK North and a member of the UK Government’s Industrial Development Board.  He is a trustee and board member of a number of charities including Mustard Tree, Street Soccer Academy and Cancer Research UK and publishes Thought Economics.

Digital Advisory Group member Vikas Shah

Dr Chris Westcott

Dr. Chris Westcott is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Policy Institute at Kings College, London, specialising in Open Source Intelligence. From 2003 to April 2015, Chris was the Director of BBC Monitoring, the BBC’s open source division. Chris led the development of BBC World Service’s digital media portfolio, founding the World Service New Media department in 1995. His awards include a Webby for World Service Online, and multiple BAFTAs.