Three new members have been appointed to the Advisory Committee of British Council Scotland following an open application process. They join their colleagues on the Committee in acting as advocates for the British Council’s work in and on behalf of Scotland, advising senior staff, and helping Scotland connect with and contribute to the wider world.
The new members (listed below) represent a variety of backgrounds and demonstrate the reach and scope of British Council Scotland’s work across education, arts and global engagement.
- Asif Kahn: Director, Scottish Poetry Library
- Alan Mackay: Vice-Principal International at the University of Edinburgh
- Mariem Omari: Co-founder and Artistic Director of Bijli Productions
The Scotland Advisory Committee is chaired by Dame Seona Reid an arts administrator, formerly Director of Glasgow School of Art and now serving as a non-executive director on a range of boards including National Theatre of Scotland and Tate.
Welcoming the new appointments Dame Seona said,
“I’m delighted to welcome Asif, Alan and Mariem to the Scotland Advisory Committee. They will bring a wealth of highly relevant experience, creativity and knowledge to the Committee and the British Council’s work in Scotland, supporting the international ambitions of the education and arts sectors and helping to ensure that the British Council’s global work is informed by a distinctive Scottish voice”.
British Council Scotland Acting Directors Lucy Young and Norah Campbell added,
“We were honoured to receive such a high number of strong applications and we’re looking forward to welcoming the new appointees, whose depth of experience could not be more relevant as we face today’s global challenges.
“This is a vital time for British Council Scotland as we find innovative ways to help keep organisations and communities globally connected through the pandemic and beyond. Through their breadth of knowledge, the new members will enrich our work in bringing international and intercultural experience to life for people all-across Scotland”
While 2020 has brought with it significant challenges for the arts and education communities in Scotland and around the world, British Council Scotland is working to help facilitate exchange and mobility opportunities and bring-to-life education programmes and creative work in a digital format. This year the Scotland team is engaged in activities which include delivering the first digital Future News Worldwide 2020 youth journalism conference, a special edition of the Edinburgh International Culture summit and working with the higher education sector to research and publish an update to the report on the Distinctive Assets of the sector in Scotland. The forthcoming digital Momentum programme will connect creative expertise and practice from around the world with Scottish counterparts from visual arts and literature – continuing to build relationships for the longer term.