Vernon Ellis is Chair of the British Council, the UK’s international cultural relations organisation. Prior to taking up this appointment in 2010, he was at Accenture for
40 years where he was International Chairman. He is very much involved in the arts, particularly music. He was Chairman of the English National Opera and is now its President. He is also the Chairman of the National Opera Studio and was a trustee of the Royal College of Music for six years. Through the work of his own Foundation, he supports a wide range of arts organisations and hosts around 90 concerts a year at his home in London. He is also Chairman of Martin Randall Travel and of One Medical Group, and is a non-executive director of FTI Consulting Inc. He was knighted in 2011 for services to music and in 2012 was appointed Chairman of the Arts and Media Honours Committee.