Meet our management team:

Our people

Simon Gammell

Simon Gammell

Director, British Council Poland

I am Director of the British Council in Poland. I began my career in professional theatre, working primarily as a director and much of my work with the Council has focused on the arts. I am a 25-year veteran of the British Council, working previously in Rome, Buenos Aires, London, Sydney, and Mumbai. I arrived in Warsaw following 5 years based in Los Angeles, where I built strategic global partnerships for the British Council with major West Coast corporations, foundations and institutions. 

Jenny Simms

Jenny Simms

Director for English Language Services in Poland

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.

Agnieszka Malinowska

Agnieszka Malinowska

Exams Manager

I am Exams Manager, focused on supervising current activities of the Examinations Services in Poland and setting new directions for development. I am especially interested in building positive customer relations as well as delivering excellent customer service. My greatest achievement to-date is creating the “Addvantage” partnership scheme for institutions registering groups of candidates for Cambridge exams. I have been based in 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.

Karolina Szlasa

Karolina Szlasa

Head of Communications

I am responsible for development and management of communications strategy, media relations and media campaigns, brand management, and marketing campaigns for the British Council in Poland since 2013. I gained international experience during scholarships in the United States and Italy.