Distinguished Executive Address Series: Sir Vernon Ellis, Chair of British Council

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Date: 05 December 2012
Venue: 2D67 (Glendinning Lecture Theatre), Frenchay Campus, UWE Bristol
Time: 18:00 Registration and Refreshments/18:30 Lecture/19:30 Buffet supper

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Sir Vernon Ellis, Chair, British Council will deliver a lecture entitled; 'Building Trust in the UK around the World' as part of the Distinguished Executive Address Series.

Trust is a prerequisite for relationships that underpin our trade and security. Recent research has underlined the importance of cultural and educational links to building trust. The British Council - with 7000 people in 110 countries - has a key role to play in using great UK assets in English, the Arts, and Education and Society to build understanding and trust. Already partnerships, with both non-governmental organisations and major corporations are an important part of its activities. Less than 25 per cent of its income comes from public grant. What kind of institution should it be in the future?


Vernon Ellis became Chair of the British Council in March 2010. The British Council is the United Kingdom's International organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

Vernon is also involved in a number of arts organisations and is a director of several companies. He was Chairman from 2005 – 12 of the English National Opera (now President) and is a former trustee of the Royal College of Music.

Prior to 2010, Vernon worked for Accenture where he led the firm's operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India, before becoming its International Chairman in 2001. At Accenture he established the Global Corporate Citizenship activities and global Accenture Foundations.

He chairs Martin Randall Travel, a leading cultural tour operator, and One Medical, which delivers company primary care. He is a non-executive director of FTI Inc.

Cost: Free
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