Carrie Hage / Arts Manager, Canada

What's been the most important thing you've learnt as a result of working with the British Council?

The most important thing I have learned so far as a result of working with the British Council is impact of cultural relations, and the complexities and sensitivities that come with this work. Working on programmes on an international scale at times demands more attention to how we communicate our intentions, how we build relationships, how we engage with communities, and how we ensure we are providing accessible and inclusive opportunities. 

What skill have you developed or learnt working here?

In my current role as Arts Manager, I have developed my relationship building skills. Building trust, respect and reciprocity in our partnerships is at the heart of the work and I have loved doing this the most. I am also developing my critical thinking skills and grateful for the opportunities to problem solve in safe and creative environments. 

How would you describe the people you work with?

I would describe the people I work with as curious, considerate, challenging, creative, open, diverse, and reliable. At times the work we do can be demanding and I have consistently felt supported and motivated by my colleagues. 

What other area or business unit would you like to explore within the organisation?

As the EDI coordinator I am keen to continue to explore this area and build more capacity, and I am really looking forward to working closely with my colleague in Society on a new programme for 2020-2021. I always look for opportunities to collaborate and am very interested in Society’s work in social enterprise. There are so many great connections with our Arts portfolio and I’m looking forward to exploring this together. Stay tuned! 

What do you think the British Council could/should do more of?

Similar to how the British Council has regional projects, I think there are great opportunities to build more connections based on shared programming objectives and priorities with other British Council offices globally.

What would you like to say to anyone interested in working with the British Council?

The British Council offers a sense community on a global and local scale and the work we do will open you up to new ways of considering possible outcomes. The British Council is a place to bring your whole self to the work you do and the relationships you build and support can have an immeasurable impact.