Meet our management team:

Our people

Rachel Launay

Director, British Council Poland

I am the Director of the British Council in Poland and lead its work to strengthen cultural and educational links between the UK and Poland and promote the English language. Since 2014 I have been Country Director in Italy and in Germany and before that, I was responsible for a range of cultural engagement and English language programmes across the UK and East Asia. I have lived in Warsaw since October 2023.

Head of Exams Business Development Poland

Ewelina Piorun

Head of Exams Business Development Poland

I am Exams Manager, responsible for Examinations Services, consisting of 10 centres across Poland and 4 in Lithuania and the Baltic countries. I am focused on supervising exams-related activities, building the strategy and setting new directions for development. I am especially interested in improvements in the area of customer service and innovations in business development. I have worked for British Council since 2002. I love running, hiking, reading and spending time with my family and dogs.

Ewa Ayton

Ewa Ayton

Head of Arts and Culture

I have over two decades of experience in project management. I am responsible for managing a very diverse Arts and Culture programme across Poland, which strongly focuses on the creative industries agenda. I managed a three year pan-European Creative Cities project with 15 participating countries. I have extensive experience in developing effective communication and working methods to support networks and virtual working. 

Ewa Puzdrowska

Ewa Puzdrowska

Head of Education and Society

I studied Philosophy at the University of Warsaw. Since 1994, I have been working at the British Council, implementing projects supporting democratic transformation, and Poland’s accession to the EU. I worked closely with NGOs, public sector and higher education institutions supporting British-Polish collaboration in the field of diversity and multicultural education. Currently I lead on Education and Society work. I am passionate for intercultural dialogue, equal opportunities and diversity.