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Welcome new Advisory group and team members

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We are pleased to share news of new appointments to our Advisory group. The Advisory group 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. The group includes researchers, artists, practitioners, policymakers and leaders from different disciplines and sectors.

Nowist, Artist and Activist Adah Parris joins the Advisory group as Chair. An enthusiastic curator of people, patterns and stories, her work sits at the intersection of ecology, technology, innovation and art. The Centre would also like to thank Catherine Mallyon who is stepping down following her tenure as Advisory Group Chair.

Adah said:

“I believe that many of society’s biggest problems are caused by differing perceptions of value and impact. I am honoured to be joining the Advisory Group for the Centre for Cultural Value as Chair at a time when the world is looking and ready for new measures of success. I feel that we have a window of opportunity to empathetically influence the status quo by integrating some of the lifelong lessons this latest pandemic had taught us individually and collectively. I’m excited for what lies ahead of us all.”

Five new Advisory Group members have also been appointed: cultural relations specialist Kate Arthurs; creative sector leader Jo McLean; financial services specialist Shreeya Paudel; Tribe Arts founder Tajpal Rathore; and EDI specialist and advisor Rob Adediran.

Ben Walmsley, Centre for Cultural Value Director said:

“I’m delighted to welcome these brilliant six people to our Advisory Group. Together, they bring an incredible wealth of insight and expertise and they will help us to navigate the next stage of our journey as a new national research centre.”

We also welcome new faces to the Centre’s core team. John Wright joins as Postdoctoral Research Associate, his current focus being an extensive review of research and practice relating everyday creativity and participation. Jenny Elliott joins as Communications Manager and Amy Rushby as Communications Officer (Maternity Cover) both working to communicate our work and reach new audiences.

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