Nick Thomas is Director, China at the British Council, China and Minister (Culture and Education). In this role, he oversees the British Council’s work to support more connections in education and culture between the United Kingdom and China. He was appointed to the role in February 2023 to lead one of the largest country operations in the British Council’s global network of 100+ offices.

China has been a major focus of Nick’s career. His undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford was in Chinese Studies, and he spent more than a decade living and working in China, both in Beijing and Shanghai, before he joined the British Council.

His career at the British Council began as Country Director Philippines in 2013. He then spent two years in London working on South Asia and East Asia, before moving to Country Director Ukraine, originally based in Kyiv before moving to Warsaw following Russia’s invasion in February.