British Council recruits V&A’s Cole-Hamilton

The British Council has recruited Robin Cole-Hamilton, who is currently head of public affairs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, as its new director of communications.

The British Council has recruited Robin Cole-Hamilton, who is

currently head of public affairs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, as

its new director of communications.



Cole-Hamilton joins the organisation, which exists to promote British

cultural interests overseas, in April. He will have a staff of 30 and

will report to the organisation’s director-general, David Green.



Nigel Semmens, director of press and PR, said that Cole-Hamilton had

been picked because of the relevance of his experience, and his

familiarity with the organisation.



’At the V&A he has acted as an ambassador, both here and overseas when

exhibitions have been on tour. Much of his work has overlapped with that

of the British Council, so he is familiar with our organisation,’ he

said.



Cole-Hamilton’s experience in both the public and the private sector -

before joining the V&A in 1991 he worked for information services

company BIS Group and BT - were also relevant in the selection, Semmens

said, as was his management experience.



Among his early responsibilities at the British Council will be work to

secure the pounds 30 million increase in government funding (to a total

of pounds 160 million) that the Foreign Affairs Committee recommended

last year, and also to pull together the organisation’s various

communications activities.



Cole-Hamilton will also look after design and branding. The organisation

does not use external PR agencies.



He replaces Paul Doherty, who is leaving London to run the body’s Prague

office.



The British Council operates 254 offices in 110 countries worldwide and

has 7,500 staff. Each overseas office is largely responsible for its own

communications but Cole-Hamilton will have a watching brief and will

also handle internal communications.



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