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Learning Leadership Team

The Learning Leadership Team (LLT) is one of two teams with strategic briefs and executive authority, which together ensure the effective running of the College. The other team is the College Leadership team, and both teams are led by the College President. The LLT is made up of the College President, the Heads of Campus and the Directors of Teaching of Learning from Dover and East, along with the Principals from both campuses. The team is responsible for ensuring that student learning across all five elements of the UWCSEA learning programme is mission-aligned and based on the College learning principles and the UWCSEA profile.


Carma Elliot CMG OBE
Carma Elliot CMG OBE
College President

Carma joined UWCSEA in August 2019 as the first College President. A career British diplomat for 23 years until 2010, Carma worked in a wide variety of roles and across continents, including bilateral politics, trade and investment, immigration and protocol. Her final three postings were as Consul-General in Chongqing (China), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and finally Shanghai (China).

Carma has spent much of her adult life in China; 2019 marked the 35th anniversary of Carma first going to China, as a student at Fudan University in Shanghai. After leaving the Foreign Office, Carma became Executive Director at China’s single largest international NGO, the Half the Sky Foundation (2010-2013), focused on enriching the lives of China’s orphaned children, before joining the British Council in 2013 as Director China, and concurrently Minister for Culture and Education in the British Embassy Beijing, a member of the Ambassador’s senior leadership team. Throughout her professional life, Carma has affected meaningful change in the government, international education and development sectors in several countries, most recently completing a complex business transformation at the British Council in China.

Carma is originally from Scotland, and is proud to call herself a global citizen. A ‘third culture kid’ herself, she grew up living in multiple countries as her family moved around with her father’s job. Through her professional life, she has developed a deep knowledge of the cultural nuances required to successfully navigate and create intercultural understanding and an appreciation of the importance of respecting diverse perspectives when working towards peace between people. Carma has been honoured twice by Her Majesty The Queen, for her service to the UK abroad.

She is single and has two adopted daughters.

Carma Elliot CMG OBE
Elizabeth Bray
Graham Silverthorne
Lynda Scott
Brian Ó Maoileoin
Peter Coombs
Rebecca Butterworth
Pauline Markey
Erin Robinson
Nicholas Alchin
Stuart MacAlpine
Eleanor Alchin


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