A sculpture of a Welsh dragon built into the site of a city lamppost
A sculpture of a Welsh dragon built into the site of a city lamppost ©

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The main duties of members are:

  • participating in Committee meetings, normally four a year: three half-day meetings and one full-day away-day
  • contributing to the pursuit of the Committee’s aims as outlined in the terms of reference
  • keeping British Council Wales abreast of major developments in the public, educational, economic and cultural life of Wales
  • serving as a channel of professional advice within his/her own area of expertise, and identifying new opportunities
  • providing access to communities within Wales for whom the British Council’s work has relevance
  • acting as advocates for the Council’s work in Wales and in the UK as a whole
  • contributing to the thinking of the Country Plan and monitoring the achievement of plan objectives.

Typical items of business at the regular meetings could include:

  • briefings on British Council strategy and policy and discussion on implications in Wales
  • updates on British Council global and Welsh projects, focusing at each meeting on a different theme/sector of work, and discussion of relevance to Wales
  • considering research into British Council engagement in Wales/across the UK
  • advice on strategic relationship management of key partners in Wales.

Other activities that members may be asked to engage in will include:

  • providing advice between meetings to managers on strategy or project development
  • participating in meetings with relevant strategic partners
  • attending flagship conferences, consultation events, media briefings or project launches.

We expect that members will need to make a commitment of around three half days and one full day per year to fulfil the role, plus additional attendance at Council-organised events. There is a minimum requirement for members to attend at least two out of four meetings in a 12-month period. Committee members are appointed for a three year term, renewable for a further three years. Positions on the Wales Advisory Committee are not remunerated but expenses will be reimbursed at standard British Council rates.

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