Meet the team: Directors, Board, Secretariat, and Ambassador

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The UK National Commission for UNESCO is comprised of a Secretariat team of seven full-time staff and is supported by six Non-Executive Directors appointed by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Together, we use education, culture, communication and information and science to build mutual dialogue and peace in the United Kingdom.

A word from Ambassador Laura Davies

“The National Commission and the Delegation are the closest and best of partners. What the Delegation negotiates on paper, the National Commission brings to life through its expertise, vision and contacts – not just across the UK, but around the world. It is an asset that is respected by UNESCO’s members and Secretariat, that inspires us to think bigger, and without which the UK’s sites, and the communities around them, would be significantly the poorer.”

Ambassador Laura Davies, UK Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office


Explore the #Board of Directors Profiles


Meet the UK National Commission for UNESCO Secretariat

James Bridge
SINCE 2011
Chief Executive and Secretary-General

James runs the UK’s National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) and represents it as Secretary-General at UNESCO headquarters and to its 193 member states. The UKNC received an A+ rating in 2022, the eighth year in a row.  He works with the UK’s UNESCO sites and designations and the global network of 199 National Commissions for UNESCO, and was an Alternate Member of the UNESCO Executive Board for the UK from 2013 – 2019.

James worked on EU Trade and Partnership Agreements with the Majority Leader on Trade at the European Parliament, including human rights clauses; in the policy co-coordination unit for the Secretariat-General of the European Commission; and the UK Financial Services Authority; ran local, national and regional policy, outreach and campaigns for Age Concern with its European Federation; and the 300,000 member plus Royal College of Nursing, where he wrote its first policy position paper on nursing and human rights. He ran the Brussels offices of the Law Societies, Save the Children International, MHA Associates and the start up Internet company I-Wave Limited.

Andrea Blick
SINCE 2011
Head of Accreditation and Finance

Andrea joined the UK National Commission for UNESCO in June 2011, having previously worked for 20 years as Finance Manager for a leading set of criminal barristers. Previously she worked in theatre and theatrical management. Andrea is Head of Finance and Accreditation at the UKNC. She oversees applications to UNESCO’s programmes in the UK and those wishing to apply for UNESCO Prizes and Patronage.

Matthew Rabagliati
SINCE 2017
Head of Policy, Research and Communications

Matthew is the Head of Policy, Research and Communications at the UK National Commission for UNESCO. He leads the organisation in developing and delivering its policy advice and research to the UK government, devolved administrations and UNESCO. He also works on strengthening relationships with experts and representatives from UNESCO designations across the UK. Matthew is also responsible for the UK National Commission’s wider communication portfolio.

Charlie Kennedy
SINCE 2019
Communications and Information Officer

Charlie supports the UKNC in their communications output and administration. He assists in the management of the UKNC’s online presence and helps to coordinate the organisation’s business processes. He has formerly worked for the NHS and in the Pharma and Medical Communications industries, as well as completing an internship at the 1954 Hague Convention Secretariat at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.