Sir Martin Davidson

Sir Martin Davidson

Sir Martin Davidson is the Chairman for the Great Britain China Centre and chairs the GBCC Board of Directors. He was previously the Chief Executive of the British Council for 7 years.

When he joined the British Council in Beijing in 1984, British Council China was an operation of 6 people working in a converted bicycle shed at the British Embassy. In those days it was illegal for a Chinese national to speak to a foreigner. Sir Martin played a pivotal part in building this fledgling presence up to its present strength of more than 230 people. 

He has also held various posts in the British Council’s Geographical Directorate with responsibilities that have included South East Europe, in a particularly troubled time in the region’s history, the Middle East, East Asia and the Americas.

Sir Martin was born in Lowestoft in 1955. He graduated with an MA in English Language and Literature from St Andrew's University. He is a Governor of Goodenough College. Sir Martin speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin.

He is married with 3 children