Wendy Waring

  • Since August 2014, Wendy has been working as the Global Programme Lead for the Newton Fund, which is a £735m programme funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The programme operates across 16 countries and focuses on economic development and social welfare. Wendy is responsible for the successful delivery of the Newton Fund programme in the areas that the British Council is involved in.

    Previously Wendy worked as the Portfolio Lead in the UK for a number of key education projects and programmes working across the school and HE sector. The focus was on international student mobility programmes such as IAESTE, Language Assistants and Study USA as well as the International Education Programmes in Wales and N Ireland which provide professional development and linking opportunities for teachers and pupils.

    Prior to that, Wendy was the Deputy Head of Product Delivery across the UK (a team of over 200 staff) and Head of FE/HE programmes at British Council Northern Ireland.

    Wendy joined the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges in 1992. This organisation later merged with the British Council in 1994 so Wendy has over 20 years of experience in the educational field.

    Having studied at Methodist College in Belfast, Wendy went on to take a BA Hons in French and Classical Greek at Goldsmiths’ College and Birkbeck College, University of London. She has a keen interest in teaching English to speakers of other languages and has taught for Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Leon in Spain. Wendy enjoys travelling and has spent various periods working overseas mostly in a teaching capacity. She has worked in France, Germany, Poland and Spain. She completed a Masters in English language teaching in 2000 at Queen’s University Belfast. More recently (2011 & 2013) she has worked in the Brandenburg area of Germany as part of an initiative to help teachers retrain and improve their fluency and command of the English Language.

    Wendy is based in Belfast and is married with 2 children.


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