Leaders Now - Event Series for Social Sector: Sir Ciarán Devane

Leaders Now

Leaders Now is a series of breakfast meetings aimed at the social sector and is run in partnership with The House of St Barnabas; the Soho based charity, whose not-for-profit members’ club is run as a social enterprise to help London’s homelessness back into lasting work. These influential figures share insights into their leadership journeys, and guests have the opportunity to engage in discussion and question and answer sessions in an intimate setting.

The free breakfast meetings are a networking space for those interested in, or working for the social sector. Through the partnership with The House of St Barnabas the events bring together current and aspiring leaders to encourage new thinking and collaboration about social and ethical leadership.

Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of the British Council; Clore Social Leadership trustee

Sir Ciarán Devane became Chief Executive of the British Council in January 2015. Ciarán has focused on aligning the British Council behind key themes important to the UK, demonstrating the contribution of cultural relations to the UK’s security, prosperity and influence, and strengthening the organisation’s capacity and capability across its network in over 100 countries.

Prior to his current role, Ciarán was Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support where he transformed the scale and impact of the charity (NGO) both as on its own and in collaboration with other organisations and raised its profile as an authoritative voice on cancer and health matters, leading to Macmillan being the UK public’s most respected NGO.

Ciarán was educated at University College, Dublin where he studied biochemical engineering after which he started his career in the chemical industry before coming a management consultant specialising in complex change programmes with companies such as AstraZeneca and RollsRoyce.

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