It is the role of the School Board to provide strategic guidance for the School and to effectively oversee and review the School’s management. Governance practices require the School to formalise and disclose the roles and responsibilities of the School Board and its Members.The governing body provides non-executive leadership. The regulations make clear that the head teacher is responsible for the educational performance of the School and for the internal organisation, management and control. The relationship between the Principal and the Chair of the Board is pivotal to the success of the School.

Steven Murrell

Steven Murrell

Steven has worked in education for over thirty years and his focus has been on the teaching of English to adults and young learners (ELT). He worked for many years in the Middle East as a teacher, trainer and business manager, before moving to Spain where he is currently the Director of English for the British Council’s teaching centres. His specialist area is teacher training and development. He is working on projects around Special Educational Needs and Diversity.

Germán Velázquez

Director of Finance and Resources of British Council Spain since 2013. Previously held several positions in commercial companies in the areas of Finance, Controlling, Administration, Internal Audit and Business Consulting, as part of more than 25 years of professional experience with a multicultural international exposure. Born in Mexico has also lived in Switzerland and is resident of Madrid since 2005.

Susan Douglas

Susan Douglas

Since 2012, she has also held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Eden Academy Trust. In her position as Senior Adviser at the British Council, Susan provides sector expertise and advice to a wide number of educational programmes involving ministries of education, school leaders and teachers across approximately 40 countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She has a particular interest in leadership and professional development and inclusion.


Mercedes Hernández Estrada - Ex office

Mercedes Hernández Estrada – Head of School. Ex office

Ms. Mercedes Hernández Estrada joined the school for the 18/19 academic year. Her previous role was CEO of Pioneer Educational Trust in Windsor and Slough and executive principal. She has worked in UK schools since the late 80s after completing her Philology degree and CAP at Oviedo University. She has been a Lead Practitioner for Curriculum Design and Leadership and recently, as National Leader in Education, she has supported schools, the Spanish and UK ministries and the Comunidad de Madrid.

Arabella Gonzalez- Ex office

Arabella González - Ex office

Ms. González is the secretary of the Board. Arabella joined our school as Bursar in March 2013 and has since been responsible for the Finance and Resources departments of the School. She has more than 20 years of experience in company management across the UK, Spain, USA and Hong Kong.

Mark Robson

School London Committee. Mark Robson joined the British Council, and the Executive Board, in November 2007, initially as Director Operations with oversight of the British Council’s overseas network, as well as of its global English & Exams business and UK-based contract and project delivery unit, C&P (now P&P). In November 2010, he took up the new Executive Board post of Director of the British Council’s English strategic business unit.

Andy Mackay

British Council Regional Director Europe since 2019, Andy was Board Chair and Director of the British Council in Spain since July 2015, with previous leadership roles for British Council operations in the UK, Europe, North and South America and the Middle East. He has additionally worked across UK government and has extensive experience in corporate and charity governance roles both in the UK and other countries, including as Chair of the Advisory Board for the British School of Washington DC. 

The London Committee is accountable for :

  • To approve the statement of mission and philosophy for the school
  • To approve a strategic business plan to guide the development of the school
  • To approve the annual update to the strategic business plan
  • To approve the formal budget plan each financial year

British Council Spain

Delegación en España de la Fundación British Council. Inscrita en el Registro de Fundaciones del Ministerio de Cultura con el núm. 847. Registro de operador intracomunitario ESW0061076F. CIF W0061076F The British Council School's DfE number is 6069 and its URN is 142417.

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