About us

The British Council was founded to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK’s security, prosperity and influence

We have been operating in Israel since 1950. We invest in world-class scientific research between scientists in Britain and Israel and have schemes for scientists in the Middle East and the UK to work together.  We create opportunities for audiences in Israel to see British art and for British and Israeli artists to work together.  Each year thousands of people learn English or take an exam with us.  

Directors of the British Council in Israel 

  Director  Years
C Hentschel 1950 - 1954
C T S Lake 1954 - 1958
Peter A I Tahourdin OBE 1958 - 1962
N. Sutcliffe 1962 - 1968
Robin Twite OBE 1968 - 1974
Edgar Henry Semmens OBE 1974 -1976
Miss M A J Swinley OBE 1976 - 1980
C N Horton 1980 - 1982
Ivor Llewellyn Watts OBE 1983 - 1986 
Peter Sandiford OBE 1986 - 1995
Harley Brooks 1995 - 1998
David Elliott 1998 - 2002
Kevin Lewis 2002 - 2005
Jim Buttery 2005 - 2010
Simon Kay 2010 - 2012
Alan Gemmell OBE 2012 - 2016