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
Shreeya’s background is within Investment Banking currently working within Lloyds Banking Group. Before that, I was working within investment management within Aviva Investors. My passion has always been been working to increase Diversity and Inclusion in the society that we live in which has led to me Co-founding Untold Ltd which is a social enterprise platform that focuses on creating change from conversations by engaging in grass roots project with the partnerships with Reading university and the local council and other authorities. I’m very excited to be see the intersection of diversity and culture and excited to work with the Group.
Kate is a cultural relations specialist and cultural diplomat, with experience working internationally across all art forms, most recently leading the British Council’s worldwide arts programme as Global Director of Arts. She instigates exchange and creative dialogue to build trust between people and partners, with experience working across the UK and in Belgium, Spain, Mexico, Vietnam and South Sudan. She led the team that shaped and ran the UK government’s flagship £30m Cultural Protection Fund, protecting culture at risk internationally from conflict and climate change. Her previous roles have focused on arts evaluation and strategy. She is a 2021 John F Kennedy Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
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.
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.
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
Tajpal Rathore is an actor, writer, producer, presenter and dramaturg who previously worked in TV and film for ten years before moving into theatre in 2013, when he founded Tribe Arts, an award-winning, philosophically inspired, radical-political, actor-led theatre and media production company based in Leeds.
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.