The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. 

We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. 

Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. 

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

We have been in Israel since 1950 .Every year, we reach out to thousands of students, educators, policymakers, academics, researchers, creatives and entrepreneurs in Israel.

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