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Soft power and Wales
The importance of modern foreign languages to Wales
Jenny Scott, Director British Council Wales
Jenny was appointed Director, British Council Wales in February 2014. She was previously the British Council Business Development Director for the Middle East and North Africa region and Account Director for DFID-funded global education projects. Jenny has also held overseas posts for the British Council as Director Education in Hong Kong and the USA, and Country Director in Cameroon and Senegal.
Originally from Swansea, Jenny graduated in French Language and Literature from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Arts in Wales including Showcasing
Welsh theatre, music and literature
Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts, Wales
Rebecca joined the British Council from the Soho Theatre, London where she was Creative Producer. Originally from Cardiff, Rebecca is the current chair of Theatre Iolo and also an education associate artist for the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has worked extensively as a theatre director, including as an associate director at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, as young people’s project director at the National Theatre, director of the Education Company at the English Shakespeare Company and as associate director at the Made in Wales Stage Company.
Rebecca was co-founder and Director of Tinderbox Alley and TheatreScience, who work closely with the Wellcome Trust to foster a wider awareness through theatre of advances in biomedicine.
Modern foreign language learning in Wales
The Welsh Language in Patagonia and Wales
Dr Walter Ariel Brooks, Education Manager, Wales
Walter is originally from Patagonia, Argentina, and is a fluent Welsh, English and Spanish speaker. He studied languages and translation at the University of Buenos Aires and specialised in sociolinguistics for his postgraduate studies in Wales. He joined British Council Wales in 2015 to coordinate the Patagonia 150 celebrations on behalf of the Welsh Government, going on to become our Education Manager. He is an expert in the Welsh language and its history and is a former Welsh language lecturer at Cardiff University.