British Council Director, Architecture, Design and Fashion(London) Top Urgent)

Director, Architecture, Design and Fashion
Ref: MH09026

Location: London

Salary: £47,000-£55,000 + £3,300 London Market Allowance

Who We Are

The British Council uses cultural relations to address some of the great global challenges for the UK. We are working worldwide to build intercultural dialogue, create opportunity for people to participate in the global knowledge economy and tackle the threat of climate change. We do this by harnessing the power of education, the arts and creativity, sport, science, English and governance to build relationships of mutual benefit and to work together on global issues. We connect people in 110 countries and territories all over the world with people, knowledge and ideas from the UK.

This work builds engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people worldwide, generates opportunities for individuals to fulfil their potential and fosters the co-operation that contributes to a stable world.

How We Work

Our Architecture, Design and Fashion department contributes to the development of successful cultural relations by working with the best of British creative talent to develop innovative, high-quality events and collaborations that link thousands of individuals and cultural institutions around the world through the British Council’s global network.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director Arts and managing a team of five, your role will be to maintain and develop relationships with key partners, organisations, practitioners, opinion formers and stakeholders in the architecture, design and fashion sectors to secure support for the British Council’s cultural relations strategies. You will provide strategic expertise, both within the sector and across all art forms, to develop high-quality global projects that deliver the British Council’s corporate strategy.

You should have extensive knowledge and a strong track record of working in architecture, design or fashion in the cultural sector, as well as a broad network of significant contacts that include partners in these fields. Your ability to make critical judgements to inform or influence decision-making is essential, as is evidence of continuously building your professional profile in the relevant field.


This post attracts a generous benefits package, including 32 days’ leave and civil service pension arrangements, and benefits from a range of family-friendly policies.

For more information about the job, visit our website

For an application pack, please e-mail Louise Matthews at [email protected] quoting the reference number. Applicants who do not read standard text should state preferred format for application pack.

The deadline for applications is 1200 noon on Monday 2 November 2009.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applications from disabled candidates are particularly welcome, as this group is under-represented at this level in the organisation. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria. The United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. A registered charity: 209131 (England and Wales) SC037733 (Scotland).


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