Our advisory group includes researchers, artists, practitioners, policymakers and leaders from different disciplines and sectors. It acts as a link between the Centre and the audiences we work with and helps ensure that our work is shaped by a diversity of perspectives on questions of cultural value.
Together to the Workhouse Door, Sinfonia Viva. Orchestras Live. Photo: Charlie Jepson
Advisory group members
Dr Peter Campbell is a Senior Lecturer in the University of Liverpool’s Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology. His research considers social research methods and their application in the field of cultural policy, as covered in his 2019 monograph ‘Persistent Creativity: Making the case for art, culture and the creative industries’. His work in this field has considered the impacts of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Sistema England, and the European Capital of Culture programme. He is currently working on AHRC-funded research considering the role played by the arts in post-conflict societies.
Geoffrey Crossick was Director of the AHRC Cultural Value Project whose report, Understanding the value of arts and culture, was published in 2016. He is an urban social historian and Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. He was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of London and Warden of Goldsmiths after being Chief Executive of the Arts & Humanities Research Board. He is currently Chair of the Crafts Council and a member of boards in the higher education and cultural sectors, including Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Horniman Museum and the National Film & Television School. He is a member of the DCMS Science Advisory Council. He speaks in the UK and internationally on higher education and research strategy, the arts and humanities, and the creative and cultural sectors.
Stella Duffy is an award-winning writer, theatremaker, and the co-founder and co-director of the Fun Palaces campaign which supports local people to co-create community events, using creative skills-sharing as a catalyst for community connection. Fun Palaces has an annual weekend of action every October. Stella regularly writes and speaks on inclusion and equality issues, especially in the arts sector. She was awarded the OBE for services to the Arts in the Queen’s Birthday honours 2016.
John Davies is Economic Research Fellow, Data Analytics at Nesta. John’s work focuses particularly in the domains of creative activity and places, and in the use of data science techniques to understand social media and web scraped data. John is on the Intellectual Property Office’s research advisory committee and served on the steering group of the British Academy’s Where we live now project into place-based policymaking. Prior to Nesta, he led English Heritage’s social and economic research team and worked as a civil servant in a number of government departments.
Matt Fenton is Chief Executive at Contact in Manchester, the leading UK arts venue to place young people at the decision-making heart of the organisation. Matt leads on Contact’s innovative public programme of contemporary theatre, dance, spoken word and music for young and highly diverse audiences. Contact delivers creative and leadership projects, The Agency, ReCON: young producers and Future Fires, and the annual Queer Contact Festival. Contact also produces and presents a diverse programme of new shows exploring the issues and inequalities faced by young people and diverse communities. Contact productions tour widely, with four recent shows going on to become BBC TV programmes.
Seetha is Chief Executive of ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries, responsible for helping build an inclusive workforce and future-proofing the screen sector. She is also a member of the Creative Diversity Network board and the Royal Television Society Education Committee and was formerly VP of Pearson Qualifications International. She worked in television in senior roles including BBC Online controller and launching BBC HD and in a variety of production roles at the BBC and Channel 4. She began her career as the first woman reporter at the Financial Express in New Delhi, India.
Catherine Mallyon is Chair of our Advisory Group. She is Executive Director and Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Catherine is on the National Council of Arts Council England, and on the boards of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the West Midlands Combined Authority Cultural Leadership Board, and the Society of London Theatre. She is an Advisory Council member of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and chairs the Advisory Group for the Bristol + Bath Creative Cluster. Catherine’s previous roles include Deputy Chief Executive of Southbank Centre and as General Manager of Arts and Theatres, Reading Borough Council, the Oxford Playhouse and the Towngate Theatre, Basildon.
Photo: John Bellars © RSC
As Chief Executive of Glasgow Life, Bridget leads a staff of 2,600 helping to transform lives through cultural, sporting and learning activity. Bridget also leads the city’s destination marketing, including the PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW brand and Glasgow’s award-winning convention bureau. Bridget was instrumental in bringing the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow and oversaw the delivery of the inaugural European Championships. Bridget is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of Edinburgh and was awarded honorary doctorates from the Universities of St Andrews, Aberdeen, Glasgow and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Bridget was made a CBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for services to culture.
Photo: Sunday Post, Andrew Cawley.
In 2010 Dr Emily Pringle joined Tate as Head of Learning Practice and Research where she convened the Tate Research Centre: Learning and researched and wrote specifically on the role of artists in museum education and creative learning more broadly. In 2017 Emily was awarded an AHRC Leadership Fellowship to examine research practices in art museums, publishing the research ‘Rethinking Research in the Art Museum’ 2019. In February 2019 Emily was appointed Head of Research at Tate overseeing the strategic direction for research across the museum and managing a team of research-active colleagues. www.tate.org.uk/research
Pier is Professor of Cultural Economics, IULM University Milan; Co-Director of the Computational Human Behavior (CHuB) Lab of Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, and Senior Researcher, metaLAB (at) Harvard and Head of the Venice Office of the OECD. He has been the Special Adviser of the European Commissioner for Education and Culture, Tibor Navracsics. He is a member of the Europeana Research Advisory Board, of the Advisory Council for Research & Innovation of the Czech Republic, and of the Advisory Council of Creative Georgia. He works and consults internationally in the fields of culture-led local development, policy design and evaluation, and is often invited as keynote speaker in major cultural policy conferences worldwide.
Keith Saha is a writer, director, composer aswell as being Co-Artistic Director/CEO of 20 Stories High in Liverpool. His theatre journey started as a youth theatre member in the 80s. And from then on, his passion has been for making work and co-creating with young adults from excluded communities. He has been passionate about developing a wide variety of forms including spoken word, verbatim theatre as well as pioneering the form of Hip-Hop Theatre with Puppetry and Mask. His most recent play Knocking On visited the doorsteps of Liverpool 8 in July 2020 to young and older audiences who had been shielding.
Jim studied at Edinburgh University and worked for 20 years in the voluntary / community arts sector, including working with and for local residents to build an award winning arts and learning project (Wester Hailes Arts for Leisure and Education) in one of Edinburgh’s most disadvantaged communities. He then turned gamekeeper and his former roles include Chief Executive at Scottish Arts Council and Executive Director North for Arts Council England. He was Executive Director of the Saltire Society for five years and left in 2017 to focus on coaching and consultancy work, including working as Coordinator for Amateo, the European network for active participation in culture.