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Nicola Norton - Senior Press Officer

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British Council global activities

Modern foreign languages and English teaching

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The following spokespeople are available to UK media and we also have experts on arts, education 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 Officer

Rebecca Walton, EU Regional Director

Kate Arthurs, Director, Arts

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

The value of international students to the UK

Dr Jo Beall, Director of Education and Society

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, Culture and Development

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