Sir Ciarán Devane took up the role of chief executive of the British Council in January 2015.
Ciarán was previously chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support from 2007 to 2014. Ciarán was educated at University College, Dublin where he gained first-class honours in biochemical engineering. He then started his career as an engineer and later joined Gemini Consulting. Ciarán also holds a Masters degree in International Policy and Practice from George Washington University. Ciarán has previously held non-executive roles on the board of organisations ranging from small local charities to NHS England. Ciarán was awarded a knighthood in 2015 for his services to cancer patients.