Regional Director EU Europe
Rebecca Walton took up the role of British Council Regional Director EU Europe in 2015. She is responsible for over 2,000 staff across 30 countries. Since the EU referendum in the UK, Rebecca’s professional life has focused on the cultural and educational relations between the UK and the rest of the EU, working with Ministries and heads of Cultural and Educational Institutions across the EU to protect the strong links that currently exist, and to advise the UK’s government departments dealing with the Brexit negotiations. Rebecca joined the British Council in 1985 and has worked extensively in Norway, Jordan, Pakistan and Russia. At the British Council’s London headquarters Rebecca has held a number of senior management roles. From 2005–07 she was Director Corporate Affairs, 2008–11 she was Director Arts, and from 2011–15 she held the new role of Director, Partnerships and Business Development. Rebecca’s fields of expertise are international cultural policy, cultural relations and education. Rebecca trained initially as a teacher and, many years ago, taught in the Isle of Man and at the Anglo-American School in Moscow.