Meet our management team:

Our people

Colm McGivern

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. I was previously Director South and Southern Africa, Regional Director UK, and Country Director Northern Ireland. Before joining the British Council I worked in education and the arts, as well as in peace-building initiatives in post-conflict societies. I have lived in Warsaw since March 2019.

Jenny Simms

Jenny Simms

Director for English Language Services

I am responsible for our teaching centres, exams and services that we offer to teachers and students of English across the country.  I am originally from the UK and my career with the British Council has taken me from Japan to Turkey and from Vietnam to Spain.  I spent several years at British Council in London, focussing particularly on Younger Learners across the world, before joining the team here in Poland.

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Simeon Combes

Director of Studies

Originally from the UK, I have spent the last 20 years living and working in a wide range of countries including Germany, Ethiopia, Outer Mongolia and Egypt. The combination of an earlier career in logistics and systems management and a latter career in English language teaching has brought me to my current position in which I lead the day-to-day operations and strategic vision for the British Council teaching centres and English programmes in Poland.


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Ewelina Piorun

Exams Manager

I am Exams Manager, responsible for Examinations Services, consisting of 14 centres across Poland. I am focused on supervising current 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 in British Council Warsaw since 2002.


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.