Kenya says kwaheri to British Council Country Director Tony Reilly

Tony Reilly and Nic Hailey
Outgoing British Council Kenya Country Director Tony Reilly with UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey. Photo: Twitter/HCNicHailey

Last night, Kenya said goodbye and thank-you to outgoing British Council Kenya Country Director Tony Reilly who is moving on after five years in post.

Mr. Reilly has worked for the British Council for over 30 years, having previously held posts in Sri Lanka, Iraq, Ireland, South Africa, Turkey, Kuwait, and Oman.

In January 2012, he was recognised at the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for his service to the British Council in Iraq and was awarded the prestigious title ‘Order of the British Empire’ (OBE).

Through his Twitter account, UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey thanked Mr Reilly for his “passion, leadership and connection with this vibrant and exciting country of Kenya.”

This was one of a number of messages of thanks which were posted on social media.

HEVA Fund Managing Partner George Gachara thanked Mr Reily “for a transformative time while in Nairobi,” adding: “We wish for you good wind for your next steps.”

Nairobi based singer/rapper/drummer Muthoni Drummer Queen Tweeted: “You’ve been a great captain to the British Council. Thank you for everything you have done for the creative sector in Kenya. We’re so grateful. Thank you!”

Tweeting after the event, Mr Reilly said: “Thanks to our partners and my wonderful team. It’s been some journey.”

To take a look back at our reports from Tony’s time in Kenya, please click here.

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