Angela Tolliday: 2015 Future Leader

Angela is participating in a part of the British Council Future Leaders scheme. She started at British Council in September 2015.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m a half British half Peruvian speaker of French, Spanish and English. Over the last few years I have worked with the European Commission with Erasmus+ projects, the ONE campaign lobbying and advocating to eliminate poverty and ICBL and an NGO working to eliminate landmines. I also worked as a language assistant in Colombia with the British Council immediately after finishing University. 

What about the British Council Future Leaders Scheme attracted you?

The Scheme immediately stood out as it was unique in its offer to provide a globally mobile career combined with personal and professional development and support throughout the scheme. Another appealing aspect for me was the opportunity to work in the three main areas of the business which has helped me better understand the organisation itself and where I best fit within it.  

Can you briefly summarise the work you have done with British Council as a Future Leader and beyond?

Since the start of the scheme my work has varied dramatically depending on which Strategic Business Unit I have sat in. In Education and Society I produced a higher education policy brief, assisted on a communications strategy for an external event and worked with the business strategy for the education sector. Within Arts I completed an evaluative report  on an amazing social impact film project ‘Stories’ as well as visited Jordan to film footage of the Stories workshop which featured on the British Council website. Within English and Exams I have helped to organise our global meeting for English for Education Systems. As a result I have exercised my skills in stakeholder management by bringing together our global colleagues together for a weeklong conference and connecting them to our relevant stakeholders in the north of England.

How has your time with British Council benefited you?

From the multitude of trainings that I have participated in as part of the scheme I have been able to develop many skills and reflect heavily on the way I work, such as how to manager myself and how to work effectively with others. In addition, the scheme has provided me with various opportunities to learn on the job and implement these new found skills which I have found to be the best way to both enhance my skills and build up my experience. 

What has been the most exciting project that you have worked on with British Council?

I really enjoyed working with ‘Stories’, a project working to build the capacity of local filmmakers in conflict or marginalised communities to voice their local stories internationally. This project has taken place in Bangladesh, Morocco, Libya, Pakistan, Palestine and Jordan. Working in partnerships and with our overseas offices has led to many of the participant’s films being featured in international film festivals; a concrete example of the positive impact British Council’s work can have on individuals lives and the UK’s relationship with other countries.

If you had to sum up your experience with British Council in one sentence, what would you say?

It is refreshing to work in a place where everyone is excited about what they are working on and passionate about what they do. 

Angela is participating in the British Council Future Leaders Scheme, aimed at UK young professionals.