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

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

Education and Science Advisory Group

Professor Colin Grant

Prof. Colin Grant - Chair

In April 2018 Professor Colin Grant took up the post of Vice-Principal (International) at Queen Mary University London. He formerly held the same role at the University of Southampton. He is Chair of the Russell Group International Forum, and a member of both the Universities UK International Strategic Advisory Board, and of the DAAD Global Strategic Partnerships Review Committee.  

Sharon Bolton

Dr Sharon Bolton is the Dean of Student Life at International Students House. She also runs the House’s Scholarship Programme, which offers up to 50 residential scholarships per year to non-EEA students in collaboration with university partners, and the Mary Trevelyan Hardship Fund. Sharon oversees a programme of activities designed to enhance the international student experience. Prior to joining ISH in August 2015, Sharon was Head of International Student Support at Imperial College London. 

David Hughes

David Hughes became Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges in September 2016. Before that he was CEO at Learning and Work Institute, a leading think tank, research and policy organisation. From 2000 to 2011, David worked in senior roles at the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) where he led the funding and improvement relationships with colleges and providers.

Jonathan Brady

Nominated by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland, Jonathan Brady is Principal of St Killian’s College – an all ability, co-educational college. He recently led the amalgamation of St Killian’s College and in its most recent Education and Training Inspection (ETI) the College was assessed as being very good with elements of its work outstanding. He is an Associate Assessor for ETI and is an Assessor for the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools.

Maddalaine Ansell

Maddalaine is a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge where she studied Classics. She has held a number of appointments including with the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Home Office and BIS. She worked on the HE White Paper for the then Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts and set up the Newton Fund to facilitate research partnerships with emerging powers. She became Chief Executive for University Alliance in January 2015.

Prof. Colin Riordan

Professor Colin Riordan is a British academic who has been President and Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University since 1 September 2012 and was formerly Vice Chancellor of University of Essex. He is the current Chair of University UK’s HE International Unit.

Prof. Lesley Yellowlees

Professor Lesley Yellowlees is currently Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science & Engineering, and Professor of Inorganic Electrochemistry, at the University of Edinburgh. 

Dr Janet Brown

Dr Janet Brown was appointed Chief Executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority in 2007. Her background was in the private sector, working in science and technology. She worked in the electronics sector for almost two decades, spending a considerable time in the US with the likes of AT&T, Bell Laboratories and Motorola. She returned to the UK to take up a post with Scottish Enterprise before moving to the SQA.

Sir Roger Fry

Sir Roger Fry, CBE, President of COBIS Council of British International Schools. COBIS is a responsive organisation, open to current and future opportunities. The association has developed markedly since its foundation, changing to meet the needs and aspirations of its growing global school membership base. 

Professor John Hearn

Prof. John Hearn

Professor John Hearn is Chief Executive of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). WUN works in research, education and mobility; with a focus on climate change and food security, public health in non-communicable disease, reform of higher education and research, and understanding cultures. His background is in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine at the Universities of Edinburgh, University College London, Wisconsin, ANU and Sydney.