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

The Society 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. 

The members of the Society Advisory Group are listed below.

Society Advisory Group

Society Advisory Group Meg Munn

Meg Munn – Chair

Meg is an independent governance consultant. A Governor at Sheffield Hallam University, a Non-Executive Director of the Phone-paid Services Authority and a Non-Executive Director of the Esh Group, Meg also works overseas on parliamentary processes, political party development, gender mainstreaming and women's leadership. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. From 2001 to 2015, Meg was the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley, including being Minister for Women and Equality.

Society Advisory Groups member Gweneth Barry

Gweneth Barry

Currently Head of Governance and Programme Advocacy at CAFOD, Gweneth has over 15 years’ experience of civil society development in Africa and Asia, supporting organisations to develop advocacy and governance work with a particular focus on monitoring and evaluation. She developed the Voice and Accountability Tool, an innovative method for monitoring civil society advocacy work and led the establishment of a joint NGO/ DFID learning group on Measuring Results in Empowerment and Accountability.


Ruth Campbell (temporary image) – Society Advisory Group

Ruth Campbell

Ruth is a community development specialist with 30 years’ experience of developing learning and citizenship opportunities in deprived communities, engaging people in social innovations to tackle poverty and promote community empowerment and human rights. Ruth is a Clore Social Leadership Fellow and her career spans work in NGOs, government and local government. She is currently founder and CEO of Scottish community development charity Comas.

Advisory Group Society member Ryan Gawn

Ryan Gawn

Ryan is Head of International Communications for ActionAid International. He is also a Director of Stratagem International, an international public affairs consultancy. Whilst previously based in Pakistan, he ran a multi-channel award-winning campaign for education reform for DFID. He previously worked as Director of Penn Schoen Berland and Regional Manager for Peace Dividend Trust, an economic development NGO in Afghanistan. He is a former editor of Chile’s largest English language newspaper. 

Monica Golding

Monica has a wealth of experience of working with sport and development in both the education and voluntary sectors. She is currently Head of the Premier League Charitable Fund (PLCF), which she helped establish, working mainly with the charitable arms of professional football clubs, empowering them to work within their local communities, particularly through social inclusion and engagement initiatives.

Alexander Guittard - Society Advisory Group

Alexander Guittard

Alexander leads on governance programming at M&C Saatchi World Services. His work is focused on applying innovation and communications expertise to governance challenges in fragile and conflict-affected states in support of US and UK development, defence and diplomatic agencies. He previously served as a US diplomat and Army officer focused on US-UK security cooperation. He is a policy fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. 

Brandom Hamber – Society Advisory Group

Brandon Hamber

Brandon has undertaken consulting and research work and participated in various peace and reconciliation initiatives in Liberia, Mozambique, Bosnia, the Basque Country and Sierra Leone, among others. He has lectured and taught at Colombia University, York University and Ulster University. He remains an Associate of the African Centre for Migration and Society in South Africa. Formerly the Director of INCORE at Ulster University, he is now the John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace.

John McMullan – Society Advisory Group

John McMullan OBE

John has a BA (Hon) Degree in Business Studies and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Ulster. John is Chief Executive of the Bryson Group, one of the UK’s largest social enterprises. He is a Life Fellow of RSA; NI and UK Social Enterprise Leader of the Year 2011; distinguished graduate of Ulster University; IoD NI and UK Public/3rd Sector Director of the Year 2012 and 2013 and Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management.

Gerri Moriarty - Society Advisory Group

Gerri Moriarty

Gerri is a freelance arts consultant, specialising in evaluation and strategic planning. She began work as a community artist. She has a long-standing commitment to exploring the contribution that arts and culture can make to nurturing social change. Her current interests include helping to establish Live Well Make Art, a network promoting arts and health as a social movement and working with film-makers with the aim of making evaluation reports accessible to a wider audience.

Servane Mouazan - Society Advisory Group

Servane Mouazan

Servane is an innovation entrepreneur, helping organisations understand people’s needs in a changing economy. As the founder/director of Ogunte CIC , she has developed the first incubator for women in social enterprises in the UK. She also runs the International Women’s Social Leadership Awards. Her expertise includes women in social entrepreneurship; the gender lens on investment, activism and leadership; as well as open internet / tech-for-good initiatives.