Samantha Lanaway / Country Director - Peru

What do you love most about working here?

We make a real difference in the lives of people, organisations, systems and societies. I see and hear and feel the evidence of this every day.

Why would you recommend other people to join this organisation?

You will learn, learn, learn. You will grow, you will challenge yourself, you will build connections, you will become a better and stronger professional. You will be surrounded by talented people, and you will form part of a global network that never ceases to amaze. You will experience an organisational culture that speaks openly and works hard to embrace many principles that are critical to today’s society: life balance, equality, diversity and inclusion, child protection, data protection, and many others.

What do you think is our company's biggest strength that we should be focusing on?

Our power to convene. We work across many themes, many sectors, many geographies. We bring people together (within countries and internationally) in new ways to address fundamental issues, which is a very powerful thing.

What three words would you use to describe our culture?

Creative, professional, dynamic.

What impact has the British Council had in your career?

It has been a natural extension of the work that I was doing previously (in basic, technical and higher education), but it has stretched me to apply that knowledge and those skills in new environments and for new purposes: international relations; cultural relations; policy work; building partnerships for sustainability and impact; connecting the power of arts and education for social transformation. As such, it has taught me to navigate more complex waters with broader scope and impact.

What motivates you to go above and beyond at work?

I know that what we do matters. I see people in all corners – within British Council, within our stakeholder organisations, and people participating in the programmes that we deliver – doing incredible work to build better, safer, stronger societies. We are in a privileged position to bring people together, from the United Kingdom and from all over the world, to have much-needed conversations and to do much-needed work.