Rebecca Walton, Director Partnerships and Business Development at the British Council, is an experienced professional in the field of cultural relations and education. She is educated to Masters level in the Economics of Education for Development and has worked internationally throughout her career.
Rebecca trained initially as a teacher and taught in the Isle of Man and at the Anglo-American School in Moscow for some years.
She joined the British Council in 1985, and has worked in many different cultural environments. She was a Country Director in Jordan, where the extensive programme included projects in social development, higher education cooperation, English teaching and teacher professional development. She worked on British Council programmes in different parts of Pakistan and Russia, primarily in education reform.
At the British Council’s London headquarters Rebecca has held a number of senior management roles. She has been Secretary to the Board of Trustees, and Director of Corporate Affairs. From 2008 – 2011 she was Director Arts and in 2011 she took up the role of Director, Partnerships and Business Development on the Executive Board. In this last role she has led the development of a number of new partnership deal between the British Council and the other large organisations, including: joint working with Microsoft in several parts of the world, a tie up with Aardman Animations in English teaching for very young learners, and on-going sponsorship from BP for UK festivals of culture overseas.
Rebecca is an Advisor to Blue Chip Leaders.