David Green Drawing in Indonesia

About the Author

David Green - Self Portrait

David Green has drawn and painted since he was a young boy. After leaving school he spent a year working as a VSO volunteer teaching at a school in the Punjab in Pakistan. On his return he trained as a teacher in Norwich where he met his future wife, Corinne. They both went on to Cambridge University.

His first job after qualifying was teaching art at a comprehensive school in Conisborough, a coalmining community in South Yorkshire. He taught for five years in Conisborough and Rotherham before taking up the post of Director of Children's Relief International(CRI), a small charity based in Cambridge. He merged CRI with Save the Children with which he worked for 13 years rising to the position of Deputy Director-General.

He then became Director of VSO where he stayed 9 years.until 1999, the year in which VSO sent over 2,000 volunteers to 6o countries to share their skills and experience.  He was awarded the CMG for services to international development.

He was appointed Director-General of the British Council from where he retired in 2007. The British Council is the Uk's organisation charged with promoting cultural relations and building mutually beneficial relationships with people and organisations in other countries. At the time he left it had 7,500 staff working in 225 centres in 110 countries across the world and a budget in excess of half a billion pounds.  He was awarded a knighthood in 2005 for services to international cultural relations.

Whenever he travelled overseas he invariably took his sketch book and paints.

Corinne retired recently from her role as headteacher of primary school and they have three daughters and one grandson.

He is currently the chair of the Dartington Hall Trust, The Prince's School of Traditional Arts and Dash Arts, and a member of the boards of the University of Arts London and the Royal Court Theatre.