The British Council


The UK’s international cultural relations body. Partnering with organisations gives access to global audiences and markets, intercultural expertise and a trusted global brand. The British Council is an executive non-departmental public body, a public corporation (in accounting terms) and a charity. The Patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Prince of Wales is our Vice-Patron. The British Council operates at arm’s length from the UK government and it does not carry out its functions on behalf of the Crown. However, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs is answerable to parliament for the policies, operations and performance of the British Council whilst the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is the British Council’s Sponsoring Department.