How we change lives

The videos listed below feature British Council Country Directors working in some of the toughest and fastest-changing environments. All of them visited our offices in Edinburgh last year to address a Scottish audience.

Their talks are now available for you to watch and enjoy. Each talk gives a unique snapshot of the country from an insider’s perspective, as well as the economic, cultural and political opportunities they present to Scotland. 

Peter Upton, Director Pakistan

31 October 2013

In this video Peter Upton, Director Pakistan, challenges stereotypes about Pakistan and says there is not a single city in Pakistan the British Council does not engage with.

Peter Upton, Director Pakistan, talking about why Pakistan is different from what we usually think it is

Rosemary Hilhorst, Regional Director EU

12 September 2013

Watch Rosemary Hilhorst, Regional Director EU look at how cultural relations can help in dealing with the eurocrisis, youth unemployment and social tensions.

Rosemary Hilhorst talking about how cultural relations can help us deal with the eurocrisis

Sharon Memis, Director Innovation EU

12 September 2013

In this video Sharon Memis, Director Innovation EU discusses how innovation is crucial if our work is to remain relevant in the EU Region. 

Sharon Memis tells us how cultural relations can help us deal with the eurocrisis

John Mitchell, Director Afghanistan

27 June 2013

In this video John Mitchell, Director Afghanistan, shares his passion and belief in cultural relations in restoring the voice and confidence of the Afghan people.

John Mitchell, Director Afghanistan, talking about his commitment to cultural relations

Paul de Quincey, Director Russia

18 April 2013

Watch Paul de Quincey, Director Russia, telling us about the 2014 UK/Russia Year of Culture and how English teaching activities are reaching out to people from Moscow to Vladivostok.

Paul de Quincey, Director Russia, talking about the 2014 UK/Russia Year of Culture

Cherry Gough, Director Libya

21 February 2013

In this video Cherry Gough, Director Libya, helps us decipher the myths and reality of post-revolution Libya. 

Cherry Gough, Director Libya, talking about the myths and reality of post-revolution Libya

Elizabeth White, former Director Syria

23 January 2013

In this article written for The Herald Scotland, Elizabeth White, former Director Syria, shares her experience of working in Syria both before and during the current revolution.

A picture painted in November 2011 of Elizabeth White, former director of the British Council in Syria