I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the British Council operation in Thailand. British Council has been creating opportunities and building trust between the people of Thailand and UK since 1938. Our first offices in Bangkok opened in 1952. Hundreds of thousands of people from different generations have ‘come through our doors’ and more recently interacted with us online as you are doing now.
In all my jobs it has always given me great pleasure when I hear from people things like: ‘I am really grateful to British Council for helping me to study medicine in Cardiff 35 years ago, it changed my life’ or ‘I learnt my English with you in the 1980s, my children did and I hope their children do too.’ That’s what cultural relations is about. That’s what we want to keep on doing. Every English lesson we teach, every time we bring UK universities to Thailand, every time young artists perform and interact in either country, every time someone sits an exam with us, every partnership between schools and colleges continues to bring the countries closer. I am very keen during my time here to build on that heritage so that more and people from Thailand can access UK culture, the English language, our education systems and expertise in areas such as social enterprise. At the same time our partners in UK and young people on mobility programmes have the chance to benefit from this interaction with Thailand.
As for me, I have just moved to Thailand from Kuwait, where I was Country Director for three years. I am really looking forward to getting to know and exploring your country and its culture. Before Kuwait I had worked in a number of countries across Europe as a manager and early on in my career as a teacher. I’ve worked in Italy three times, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, UK, Serbia and Montenegro. I originally graduated in Politics and German from Bristol University, before taking teaching qualitifcations, An MSc in Teaching English from Aston University and a Diploma in Management from Henley Business School
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Country Director, Thailand