Eleanor is a former ambassador and charity director. After graduating in modern languages from Somerville College, Oxford, she joined the British Diplomatic Service. She was posted to Paris, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Geneva and finally Strasbourg, where she was ambassador to the Council of Europe. She received an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to human rights and diplomacy. From 2013 to 2020 she was Director of Advocacy at The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, working across the Commonwealth to empower young people and to curb blindness. Eleanor is a Trustee of the Vision Catalyst Fund and a magistrate on the South East London bench. Eleanor is married and has three adult sons.
What motivated you to join the Oxford School of Drama Board of Trustees?
I have had a lifelong interest in the arts. My daughter in law is a graduate of the Oxford School of Drama and when she told me about it I was hooked and wanted to be part of it.
What would you like to contribute or achieve as part of your role?
The School is going through a period of change, creating both opportunities and challenges. I would like to play a part in ensuring that it is a beacon of excellence in all that it does.