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).