Maddalaine Ansell
Speaker
Director for Education, British Council.

Maddalaine is a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge where she read Classics. She then took the CPE and LPC at the College of Law, Chester and qualified as a solicitor practising with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and later the US law firm Sullivan and Cromwell LLP. After six years, she joined the civil service on the fast stream.

She has held a number of appointments including with the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, Home Office, DIUS and BIS. She was Deputy Director for Skills Strategy & Communications for John Denham. During this time, she was seconded to BERR to co-lead the development of Peter Mandelson's Industrial Strategy. She worked on the 2011 Higher Education White Paper for David Willetts and was then asked to lead the International Knowledge and Innovation Unit where she led the development of the International Education Strategy and set up the £375 million Newton Fund. Maddalaine then acted as Chief Executive of University Alliance for four years. She joined the British Council as Director for Education in November 2018.