Sir Ciarán Devane
Chief Executive, British Council, UK
Prior to his role with the British Council, Sir Ciarán Devane was Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support from 2007 to 2014. He was educated at University College, Dublin, where he gained first-class honours in biochemical engineering. He then started his career as an engineer and manager for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) before becoming a management consultant, mostly with Gemini Consulting. He specialised in complex change programmes with companies such as AstraZeneca and Rolls Royce. Ciarán has also held non-executive roles on the board of organisations ranging from small local charities to NHS England. He was awarded a knighthood in 2015 for his services to cancer patients. He holds a Master’s degree in International Policy and Practice from George Washington University, Washington DC.