Pride in Hull 2017 © Tom Aaran

Cultural Transformations

The Impacts of Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Thursday 15th and Friday 16th March 2018


Rachael Abbey
Co-founder, The Roaring GirlsRachael Abbey is a co-founder of The Roaring Girls, a Hull based feminist Theatre Company who create  work that explores big issues and little idiosyncrasies. It’s somewhere in between theatre and a conversation: interactive, improvised, intimate .
Rachael graduated from the Drama department of The University of Hull twice, in 2012 from her BA( Hons) course and in 2015 from her Masters degree. In 2017 The Roaring Girls collaborated with the University of Hull and Hull City of culture 2017 to create Weathered Estates, a modern retelling of Trojan Women
Catherine Alexander
Research Fellow, Culture, Place and Policy Institute, University of HullDr Catherine Alexander is a Research Fellow at the Culture, Place and Policy Institute. Catherine’s research is centrally concerned with social justice and inequalities, and focuses on the intersections of youth, crime and citizenship.


Catherine is passionate about community engagement, and prior to coming to Hull, Catherine was Development Officer for the Participatory Research Hub (Durham University), which linked up local community researchers with social science academics. Catherine has 10 years’ experience in social research, project management, university-community liaison and impact evaluation. She has previously held academic positions at the universities of KTH (Sweden), Newcastle, Teesside and Durham.

Georgia Allenby
Manager, Allenby Commercial, HullGeorgia Allenby is the Director of Hideout Hotel Limited, a new Boutique Apartment Hotel located in her hometown, Kingston Upon Hull. Georgia also works for the family business Allenby Commercial, a property development company, located in Hull. Before joining the family businesses fulltime, Georgia worked as a Design Coordinator at graphic design firm SGS whose clients include Proctor and Gamble, Nestle and Kellogg’s.


Georgia still uses her graphic design background in her current work as she is head of design and marketing at Allenby Commercial. In recent years Georgia has started collaborating with other like-minded local businesses. She sources many of the materials and finishes used on their projects from independent local businesses, and regularly commissions local artists to help transform their new and existing commercial properties. Georgia designed and sourced all of the interior finishes at Hideout Hotel.Georgia is passionate and excited about Hull and its future and is proud to be spreading the word about her City to the rest of the world. She has recently featured in The Observer, BBC Breakfast TV (twice), GQ Magazine and BBC News.

Professor David Atkinson
Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography, University of HullDavid Atkinson is a cultural and historical geographer with interests in how memory, heritage and a sense of place are negotiated across space and in landscapes. He has worked on these topics in contexts including twentieth-century Italy, colonial Libya, and modern Britain.
David has worked in Hull for nearly twenty years and has written about the city’s identity and ‘Hullness’, and about how Hull’s history shapes its present. He co-edited Hull: Culture, History, Place (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2017), and served on the evaluation committee for Hull 2017.
Hasan Bakhshi
Executive Director, Creative Economy and Data Analytics, NestaHasan Bakhshi is Executive Director, Creative Economy and Data Analytics at Nesta. His work includes co-authoring the Next Gen skills review, which led to wholesale reforms of the school ICT and computing curriculum in England, and more recently The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030, a collaboration with Pearson and Oxford Martin School which develops an innovative methodology for predicting how the workforce composition is likely to change and the implications for job reskilling priorities.


Prior to Nesta, Hasan worked as Executive Director at Lehman Brothers, as Deputy Chief Economist at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and as an economist at the Bank of England. Hasan is an Adjunct Professor of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, and in the 2015 New Years Honours was awarded an MBE for services to the creative industries. He is a founding member of the Creative Industries Council, a member of DCMS’s Science Advisory Council, and in 2017 was elected to sit on the Royal Economic Society Council.
Phil Batty
Director of Public Engagement and Legacy, Hull 2017In his role at Hull 2017, Phil lead on all aspects of marketing and community engagement, including the development of learning and volunteer programmes. With responsibility for increasing cultural participation amongst local residents and engaging over 2500 volunteers, Phil aimed to ensure that all aspects of Hull 2017’s work leave a lasting and tangible legacy for the city.


Phil joined the Hull 2017 team after a decade running a leading UK youth marketing and research agency, established in 2006 at the age of 16 as part of a Young Enterprise Company Programme. Phil was also a volunteer on the Hull 2017 bid team.
Paul Benson
Paul Benson is a retired teacher who became a Hull City of Culture volunteer in 2016. So impressed with my description of the excellent training he had received and the reading materials he took home, his wife also became a volunteer at the start of 2017.
Paul said “It is a real privilege to be part of an ongoing amazing and exciting programme of art and culture. It has also been wonderful to experience, at first hand, the appreciation and real pride shown by the people of Hull in their city throughout 2017 and into this year. I have met and certainly worked with some amazing people, artists, City of Culture staff and other volunteers on a huge variety of different types of volunteer shifts such as meeting and greeting visitors to Hull, being part of the community chorus in The Flood, recruiting, interviewing and training new volunteers, invigilating the Turner Prize, gallery support, being a costumed guide on One Day Maybe, set building, event support, marketing support etc.
Professor Franco Bianchini
Director, Culture Place and Policy Institute, University of HullFranco Bianchini is Professor of Cultural Policy and Planning – and Director of the Culture, Place and Policy Institute – at the University of Hull. From 2007-2016 he was Professor of Cultural Policy and Planning at Leeds Beckett University.
In 2003 he acted as adviser to Liverpool Culture Company on the preparation of their successful bid for the 2008 European Capital of Culture. He initiated, and was a member of the artistic team for, ‘Cities on the Edge’, a project of cultural co-operation between Liverpool, Bremen, Gdansk, Istanbul, Marseilles and Naples (2004-2009). The project formed part of the programme of Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008. From 2010-2014 he was a member of the team preparing the successful bid by the city of Matera, in Southern Italy, for the title of European Capital of Culture for 2019. He has published widely on a range of subjects, including the role of culture in urban regeneration, cultural diversity and interculturalism as resources for innovation in urban policy, and the development of urban cultural strategies in the context of the current political, economic and environmental crises.
Vickie Bissett
Culture Place and Policy Institute, University of HullVictoria is a second year PhD student at the University of Hull developing “an exploratory study of the contributions made by Hull UKCC 2017 to the development of community arts in the UK, with particular reference to Hull”.
Victoria studied Fine Art at Humberside University and has made the city her home since, working and volunteering across the creative and community sectors, whilst focussing her energies within the field of community arts.

In her previous role as Director of Artlink (2002-17) she led the organisation through a period of growth and change, including the development and establishment of a £1.2 million capital project to establish Hull’s first dedicated Centre for Community Arts and permanent base for the organisation. During her time at Artlink, she developed the organisation into a creative hub for community arts practice, learning and exhibition working across Hull and the Humberside region.

Victoria is driven by her passion for the arts and how it reaches, engages, and changes people’s lives.

Councillor Stephen Brady
Leader of Hull City CouncilCouncillor Stephen Brady has been a local councillor since 2000 and Leader of Hull City Council since 2011. On leaving school, he worked in a number of local industries, including BP Chemicals where he was also a convenor for the Transport & General Workers Union. Prior to being elected to the Council, he owned and ran his own business for 10 years, an experience which has shaped his leadership of the city and his determination to see Hull realise its potential.

As Leader of Hull City Council, Stephen Brady has driven Hull’s regeneration, bringing all sectors and communities to work together to deliver a shared and inclusive vision for the future of the city. Establishing a private sector led City Leadership Board to oversee the delivery of a long-term economic plan, he has worked tirelessly to accelerate investment and positive change in Hull and to ensure that the Council plays its role as a community leader and enabler to the full.

Under his leadership, the plans to reinvigorate Hull economically, socially and culturally have seen more than £3bn of investment and thousands of new jobs flow into the city. They have also seen a transformation in perceptions of the city, driven by its status and success as UK City of Culture 2017.

In 2013, Hull City Council led the city’s successful bid to host UK City of Culture 2017 and Stephen Brady has been the driving force behind the city’s preparations to host this national celebration of the arts and the legacy plans. As Vice Chair of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and as Chair of the city’s Readiness & Place Board, he has secured support for and overseen the delivery of unprecedented public and private investment in cultural and visitor infrastructure that have been a key factor in the success of the year to date and will be critical to ensuring that UK City of Culture 2017 delivers a lasting legacy for Hull, the North and the UK as whole.

Professor Glenn Burgess
Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of hullProfessor Glenn Burgess was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) in May 2014, having previously held the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) since February 2010. More
He was born in New Zealand, and educated there (Victoria University of Wellington), as well as at the University of Cambridge, where he completed a PhD in 1988.Professor Burgess returned to New Zealand to teach at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch from 1988 to 1994, when he joined the History School at Hull. He was awarded a personal chair in 1998.He served as Head of School of History from 2003 to 2009 and has also served as Deputy Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education. He has been a member of Senate since 2001.Professor Burgess’ research interests lie in the history of Tudor and Stuart England, the history of political thought, and philosophy and theory of history.His major publications include The Politics of the Ancient Constitution: An Introduction to English Political Thought 1603-1642 (1992); Absolute Monarchy and the Stuart Constitution (1996); British Political Thought 1500-1660: The Politics of the Post-Reformation (2009); and, as editor, The New British History: Founding a Modern State 1603-1715 (1999); English Radicalism, 1550-1850 (2007), and European Political Thought 1450-1700 (2007).Professor Burgess is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Lee Corner
Creative Industries PracticionerLee Corner is a leading cultural specialist with a long track record of helping the development of organisations both large and small, particularly within the arts and third sectors, across the UK and internationally.


Senior voluntary positions Lee has held include: Chair of The Media Centre, Kirklees; a founder Director of the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills; member of the Creative Industries Advisory Panel of the British Council. She is currently a member of the Arts Council’s North Area Council.

Since 2013 Lee has designed and delivered creative management and professional practice courses for undergraduate and post graduate students in the Department of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield.

Internationally, Lee has worked with organisations in Japan, Singapore, Nigeria, the Eastern Cape of South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Oman, Qatar and Russia.

Lee also has an established relationship with Hull, including working with Hull 2017, Hull Truck Theatre, Freedom Festival, Middle Child and Hull Time Based Arts.

Margaret Collins
Director, Regeneris ConsultingMargaret Collins is a Director at Regeneris, an economic consultancy. Margaret has over 16 years’ experience working in economic development, providing advice on a wide range of issues including Culture. Margaret was a key part of the team which appraised bids for UK City of Culture, helping to select Derry/Londonderry in 2013 and Hull in 2017.


She has recently led the Hull City of Culture Outcomes Evaluation, and directed economic impact research to support Milton Keynes’ European Capital of Culture 2023 bid. Margaret is currently directing a study focusing on Cultural Led Regeneration on behalf of the Local Government Association.
Shaun Crummey
Head of Volunteering, Hull 2017As Head of Volunteering at Hull 2017 Shaun is responsible for the design, delivery and strategic direction of the volunteer programme for Hull’s tenure as UK City of Culture.
The impact of Hull 2017’s award winning volunteer programme is already being felt, with 2,500 volunteers recruited, vetted, trained, empowered and deployed, delivering 350,000 hours of community action to date.

He now presides over the future direction of a volunteer programme that builds on the momentum established through to 2017 itself. In this new phase the programme looks to opportunities beyond just arts and culture, also with an eye on social prescribing and community activation.

Prior to working in Hull Shaun has held positions with amongst others: The Tour de France as Volunteer Programme Manager for its award winning 2014 Grand Depart; The FA Premier League as a National Manager for its flagship Kickz social inclusion
programme; and The Coalfields Regeneration Trust & Football Foundation’s ground-breaking partnership delivering regeneration of former coalfield communities.

Shaun has also freelanced for many years across the regeneration, community and volunteer management arenas, including periods with The British Council and International Disaster Volunteers developing social inclusion and emergency response volunteer programmes in Haiti, India, and across South East Asia.

Sharon Darley
Quality of Life Manager, Goodwin Development Trust, HullSharon is Chelsea School of Art trained with 20-years’ experience working with communities within a range of development contexts. Sharon returned to academia as a mature student, gaining an Honours Degree in Humanities with Classical History with the Open University.


She is currently studying an MSc in Development Management whilst working for Goodwin Development Trust as Quality of Life Manager. Accredited with the creation and development of Estate of the Nation arts programme and the development of Thornton Neighbourhood Plan; eight-years at Goodwin has presented opportunities to create a heady mix of arts and non-arts community development to improve the quality of life for people living on the Thornton estate, Hull.
Dr Sarah Jane DickensonSchool of Arts, University of Hull
Kate Fox
PoetKate Fox is a stand-up poet. Her second comedy series was broadcast on Radio 4 last June. She has been Poet in Residence for the Great North Run, Glastonbury Festival and Saturday Live on Radio 4.
She has been commissioned by the Yorkshire Festival, Hull 2017 and several literature festivals. She has been a conference/plenary poet for organisations including the Arts Council, Cultural Forum North, B.T, Coloplast, Circle Healthcare, Arts Awards North East and BALTIC. She has recently completed her PhD on class, gender and Northern English regional identity in stand-up performance, having held a full-time studentship in the Performance and Cultural Industries School at the University of Leeds.
Louise Ejgod Hansen
Director of RethinkImpacts 2017Louise Ejgod Hansen is Associate Professor, PhD, Research manager of rethinkIMPACTS 2017, conducting the research-based evaluation of Aarhus 2017. Her own research areas include cultural policy, evaluation of culture, audience research, cultural institutions etc.
Dr Beatriz Garcia
Director of Institute of Cultural Capital, University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores UniversityDr Beatriz Garcia is the Director of the Institute of Cultural Capital and senior Research Fellow in Communication Studies at the University of Liverpool. She is a member of the European Capital of Culture Selection Committee –nominated by the European Commission, and expert member at the Culture & Olympic Heritage Commission –nominated by the International Olympic Committee.


Dr Garcia has been at the forefront of research on the rhetoric and impact of culture-led city regeneration interventions since 1999. Major projects include a review of all available evidence on the first three decades of the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) programme; the pioneering Impacts 08/ Impacts 18 programme, a 20-year study on the socio-economic and cultural impacts of Liverpool as European Capital of Culture; the first nation-wide legacy assessment of a Cultural Olympiad, focusing on the London 2012 Olympic Games; and the first comprehensive study of the 20-year legacy of hosting an ECoC, focusing on Glasgow post-1990. To conduct this research, Beatriz has been funded by national and international bodies such as the European Parliament, European Commission, International Olympic Committee, British Council, British Academy and Research Councils UK.
Pippa Gardner
Monitoring & Evaluation Manager Hull 2017Pippa joined Hull 2017 as Monitoring and Evaluation Manager in March 2017, overseeing project reporting for grant-funded projects across the programme and supporting in-depth evaluation on a selection of in-house productions.


She has also taken the lead on the evaluation of the No Limits learning programme. Pippa has recently submitted a PhD in Cultural Geography at the University of Sheffield examining curiosity, creativity and innovation in civic museums. Prior to joining Hull 2017, Pippa has held a variety of audience development roles across a range of arts and heritage organisations including at Woburn Abbey and Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
Jacqui Gay
Head of Communications, Hull City CouncilJacqui has over 20 years’ experience at a senior level in public, private and third sector communications. Currently Head of Communications for Hull City Council, since 2013 she has led the work to rebrand and reposition Hull, acting as the city’s strategic communications lead for UK City of Culture 2017 from bidding through to delivery.
Martin Green CBE
Former Chief Executive and Director, Hull 2017Prior to taking up his latest post as Chief Executive and Director of Hull’s Culture Company, Martin masterminded some of Britain’s significant artistic events including the opening of The 02 in London; the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ in Leeds.


Such success has earned Martin an international reputation. As Director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Martin delivered 365 days of transformative culture for the city to huge acclaim. Martin is an inaugural member of the Circle of Cultural Fellows at King’s College London and sits on the Board of The Space, the digital commissioning and development organisation, founded by the BBC and Arts Council England. In 2018 He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Hull and made a CBE in The Queen’s New Year Honours List.
Dom Heffer
Dom Heffer is a professional artist, based in Hull. His work consists of paintings, film and installations that often play with philosophical ideas or reveal hidden processes and infrastructures, be they physical or psychological.


He has worked with arts, education and research institutions nationally and internationally – most recently working with the Media Ecology Association in Bologna, the Institute of General Semantics in New York, and Hull 2017. Further information about Dom’s work can be found at
Darren Henley
Chief Executive, Arts Council EnglandDarren Henley OBE is chief executive of Arts Council England. His two
independent government reviews into music and cultural education resulted in England’s first National Plan for Music Education, new networks of Music Education Hubs, Cultural Education Partnerships and Heritage Schools, the Museums and Schools programme, the BFI Film Academy and the National
Youth Dance Company.
Before joining the Arts Council, he led Classic FM for fifteen years. He holds degrees in politics from the University of Hull, in management from the University of South Wales and in history of art from the University of Buckingham. A recipient of the British Academy President’s Medal for his contributions to music education, music research and the arts, his books include The Virtuous Circle: Why Creativity and Cultural Education Count (2014), The Arts Dividend: Why Investment in Culture Pays (2016) and Creativity: Why It Matters (2018).
Ruth Hollis
Director of Policy and Research, Spirit of 2012Ruth is Director of Policy and Impact at Spirit of 2012, an endowed charitable Trust set up by the Big Lottery Fund in 2013. Spirit of 2012 funds events and projects that achieve social outcomes and improve wellbeing – by enabling people to be more active, creative or connected to others – in order to recreate the sense of pride and positivity that characterised the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Ruth was one of the team responsible for setting up the charity. She has shaped and managed its strong focus on learning and impact: an independent evaluation spanning Spirit’s first three years of funding found a 9% increase in participants’ wellbeing across its project portfolio. Prior to this Ruth’s career was in central and local government, most recently in the Cabinet Office working to deliver a commitment that at least 25% of government business goes to small businesses and voluntary organisations. Outside work Ruth is a Non-Executive Director of a Multi-Academy Trust, swimming teacher, Archers fan, avid reader and mum.
Jenny Howard-Coombes
Executive Director, Freedom Festival Arts TrustJenny’s career spans two decades operating across the arts and commercial event sectors specialising in business strategy, event management, fundraising, evaluation and cultural transformation.


She joined Freedom Festival Arts Trust in 2013 and has worked extensively with communities and cross sector organisations to champion the role of arts and culture as an enabler of change for people and place. She is passionate about opening up access to and engagement in the arts believing it to be integral to communities in which people can thrive. Her work with industry is focused on community engagement, exploring the role that industry plays in shaping the communities in which they reside, employee consultation and creative leadership.
Dr Ann Hutchinson
Research Fellow, HYMSAnn Hutchinson has a degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford and is now a Research Fellow at the Hull York Medical School.
Her PhD at the University of Hull was on the experience of chronic breathlessness. Ann is currently working with local people and the Hull artist Anna Bean to create a photographic exhibition to show the public what it is like living with breathlessness. Workshops to develop ideas for the exhibition were funded by Hull City of Culture 2017 and the Wellcome Trust.
Dr Lisa Jones
Lecturer in Education in the School of Education and Social Sciences, University of HullLisa Jones is a Lecturer in Education at the University of Hull. She studied her MA in Social Policy and Welfare and her PhD in Education at the University of Manchester where she also worked for eight years as a researcher on a wide range of projects focused in and around schools (funders include the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), the Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF)/Department for Education (DfE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO)).
Lisa’s research focuses on educational and social inequalities with a particular interest in social class and socio-economic disadvantage. Her teaching is similarly focused on these areas and covers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in addition toMore supervising doctoral students.
Matt Jukes
Chief Executive, Hull City CouncilMatt Jukes, 46, is the Chief Executive for Hull City Council, having joined the organisation in December 2013, as Chief Operating Officer. His role is to work with Elected Members to achieve the key priority for the city – improving the lives of local people.


He is Chair of the Hull Place Based Board, delivering on the city’s Strategic Transformation Plan, and leads on delivery of the City Plan and the City Leadership Board. He is also on the Hull 2017 Board.Prior to this, he had over 20-years experience in the private sector, mainly in the ports and logistics business, where he worked in various roles throughout the UK for Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s largest port operator. This culminated in 8 years as Port Director for the Ports of Hull and Goole, including overseeing Humber Estuary Services (the Humber Competent Harbour Authority). Outside of the major investment projects undertaken by Hull City Council in the last 3 years, Matt has been involved in many regionally significant investment and development projects including, most notably, the initial inception and subsequent progression of the “Green Port Hull”” project.
Ros Kerslake OBE
Chief Executive, Heritage Lottery FundRos Kerslake joined the Heritage Lottery Fund as Chief Executive in July 2016, from The Prince’s Regeneration Trust where she was also CEO. Ros trained as a solicitor and started her career in legal roles before taking on wider leadership positions in the private sector, including for Gulf Oil and Booker Group.


As Property Director of Railtrack, she developed an interest in the issues around place and urban regeneration which have characterised her roles since. Ros went on to lead RegenCo – an urban regeneration company in the West Midlands – where she was the first CEO. Among her achievements at The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, Ros led the team that saved one of the last working Victorian potteries in the UK, Middleport Pottery, bringing new life and business to the restored site. Ros is a non-executive director of U and I group, a regeneration based property developer, and a member of the Community, Voluntary & Local Services Honours Advisory Committee. Ros was awarded an OBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for services to British heritage.
Dr Andrew King
Interim Head of the School of ArtsDr Andrew King is the Interim Head of the School of Arts having previously led the music subject area. He has led major research projects funded by AHRC, the Arts Council, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (via PRSF, Sound and Music) in the areas of online music education, psychological wellbeing and evaluating the impact of composer residencies.
He is the editor of the international journal Music, Technology, and Education and the editor of Music, Technology, Education: Critical Perspectives and The Routledge Companion to Music, Technology and Education.
Pecha Kucha
Nyan Kulkarni
ArtistNayan Kulkarni’s visual art practice is concerned with the effects and affects of cinematic imagination on human experience, personal identity and the built environment. This interest is expressed in light, sound, and video installations as well as collaborative curatorial and performance based work.
Varied projects extend the scope of his work to context and place specific artworks in architecture, the public realm and landscape. His artworks deploy an extensive vocabulary grown from of an ongoing studio and research enquiry into perception and the image as a luminal phenomena. His practice has resulted in some of the most ambitious light works in the UK.
Trained in sculpture at Birmingham and then The Slade Schools of Art (1993 & 1997) Nayan is currently a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art (Naktam: Speculative Cinematographic Movement). His research is developing new ways to understand the complex formations of experience and meaning generated by artificial light in the city. The perceptual, intellectual, ethical and technological dimensions of light as medium and idea are fundamental elements in his research.
Professor Susan Lea
Vice-Chancellor, University of HullProfessor Susan Lea is passionate about the role of universities in transforming lives and positively impacting society. She has a track record of leading successful, inclusive organisational change with a consequent raising of performance.


Professor Lea brings extensive leadership experience, from a broad range of universities. Her career spans research and teaching intensive universities, as well as those that play a key role in the region, with senior positions at the University of Greenwich, King’s College London and, earlier, the University of Plymouth.Professor Lea began her career as a lecturer in psychology at the University of Cape Town. She moved to the University of Plymouth in 1994 where she held a number of senior positions, at both faculty and University level whilst maintaining her commitment to her research into domestic and sexual violence. She moved to King’s College London in 2010 where she simultaneously held a number of senior management roles, including Dean of Education and Professor within the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. She was King’s Interim Vice-Principal (Education) from November 2012 to March 2013, and went on to hold a number of senior, cross institutional roles. Professor Lea was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Greenwich in April 2015, where her responsibilities included playing a key role in developing the strategic vision for the University, driving and managing change in order to improve the quality and scope of staff engagement, improving academic outcomes and leading, with the DVC (Research), the integration of teaching and learning into the University’s research strategy.She now brings to Hull that vision and experience with a commitment to realise the full potential of the University, and contribute significantly to the city and region.
Marianne Lewsley-Stier
Head of Culture Campus, University of HullMarianne Lewsley-Stier is Head of Culture Campus at the University of Hull. As the Cultural Programme and Partnership Manager, she was responsible for the management and delivery of the University’s contribution to City of Culture. Working together with Hull2017 she led on the development and delivery of the Cultural Programme for 2017.


Key objectives for the University programme were to be exceptional and inclusive, provide a platform for students and staff and to include research at the heart of the programming. She is now working on the legacy of the City of Culture programme for the University.
Professor Philip Long
Honarary Visiting Research Fellow, Tourism and Hospitality, Bournemouth UniversityDr Philip Long is an Honorary Visiting Research Associate and former head of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality at Bournemouth University. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Sheffield’s Master’s programme in Cultural and Creative Industries Management. His previous academic posts were at Leeds Beckett and Sheffield Hallam Universities.


His research interests and publications include work on: festivals, cultural events and their tourism dimensions; connections between creative industries and tourism; diaspora communities, social exclusion and tourism; and partnerships and collaboration in tourism development. Philip maintains long-standing links with the tourism, festivals and cultural sectors through his board membership of the International Festivals and Events Association (Europe) and fellowship of the Tourism Management Institute. Prior to his 30 year academic career, Philip worked for 12 years in the tourism industry in the UK and Zimbabwe.
Kathy McArdle
Director, England and Cities, British CouncilIn 2002, she came to Scotland to take over the role of Director of The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, one of the UK’s most loved and respected music and performance venues. This was followed by a period in Liverpool from 2005 till 2010 where, among other roles, she worked with Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium on their civic role, supporting the participation of children and young people in the culture of the city.
Subsequently, she worked as The Quays Arts and Cultural Development Manager, developing a destination strategy and events programme there, which resulted in it becoming a leading visitor destination nationally. From 2013 onwards, she led the Creative Quarter Initiative in Nottingham. As CEO, she spearheaded the economic development and regeneration of the CQ area and the wider city, garnering a European Enterprise Promotion award from the European Commission for its success. She took up her role as Director England and Cities with the British Council in May 2017 and is working on a Global Cities Strategy for the organisation and leading on the engagement with Hull2017 and with Coventry 2021.

Laura McMillan
Director of Operations and Legacy, Coventry City of Culture TrustSince leaving University with a Drama degree, Laura has lived in Coventry. She began her career in the Sales and Marketing department of Warwick Castle where she was responsible for publicising the weddings, event and conferences packages.


She then moved to the Royal Shakespeare Company where she spent four years in their Marketing department with a focus on their productions and young people’s scheme, the RSC Key. In October 2015, Laura moved to the newly formed Coventry City of Culture Trust to coordinate the citywide bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 overseeing all aspects of the process from bid writing, relationship management, events programmes and governance. Since Coventry was awarded the title in December 2017, Laura has taken the role of Director of Operations and Legacy overseeing the running of the charity and delivery of the 2021 year and beyond.
Dr Kevin Moore
Chief Executive, Humber Bridge BoardDr Kevin Moore joined the Humber Bridge Board on 1 February 2017 as the Board’s first Chief Executive. His role is to lead the operation and development of the Bridge, including developing the Bridge as a visitor attraction.


Kevin was previously the founding Director of the National Football Museum. The Museum, in the centre of Manchester, attracts over 500,000 visitors each year. Previously he was a Lecturer in Museums Studies at the University of Leicester. He has published many academic papers and books in museums studies, cultural studies and sports history. Kevin is a Visiting Fellow at three universities, a Board Member of the Silverstone Heritage Trust, and a Panel Member of the Designation Scheme of Arts Council England.
Dr Nigel MorpethResearch Fellow, Culture Place and Policy Institute, University of HullDr Nigel D Morpeth is a Research Fellow at the University of Hull’s Culture, Place and Policy Institute and is currently an Associate Lecturer at the International Business School at the University of Lincoln. He has previously worked for two other universities in the UK and three local authorities working in community based leisure and events organisation.
His teaching and research focusses on diverse inter-disciplinary academic groups in Tourism, Cultural Studies, the Creative Industries and Sport and Leisure and recently edited book publications include: Planning for Tourism: Towards a Sustainable Future and Tourism and the Creative Industries. He is a contributor to the recently published Sage International Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism. He has delivered over 25 conference papers and key note addresses. He worked with the Monitoring and Evaluation Team of Hull 2017 to interview artists, curators and peer assessors who were part of the visual arts programme of Hull 2017.

He is part of a network of visual artists, based in Barton-upon-Humber, in Lincolnshire, who stage an annual community based open studios event and he has exhibited in a range of exhibitions in different cultural settings nationally, including the Royal Scottish Academy.

Emma Morris
Incoming Executive Director of Future Co.Emma Morris has over twenty years’ experience of working at a senior level for prestigious arts organisations, including overseeing the finances of the £8.5 million capital refurbishment of the acclaimed De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea.
Emma was until very recently Executive Director at Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne. Her role there included overseeing the artistic and learning programmes, audience development, marketing, fundraising and all commercial activities, including securing over £1,450,000 for the programme, acquisitions and a small capital project in 2016.
Chris Murray
Director, Core Cities UKChris works as Director of the Core Cities UK, a collaboration between ten cities that sit at the centre of the largest economic areas outside London.
Chris is also a visiting Professor of Practice at Newcastle University, an Honorary Fellow of the Heseltine Institute at Liverpool University, sits on the Advisory Board of the Prime Ministers’ Regeneration Investment Organisation and is Chairman of award winning social enterprise company Fusion21.
Prior to this he has had a long association with economic development, regeneration, culture and public policy.

A member of the national Egan Task Force on Skills, during 2005 Chris was seconded to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to establish the Academy for Sustainable Communities, a national regeneration skills agency based in Leeds. Prior to this he worked as a Director of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, the Government’s watchdog for urban design, and before that in local government for 10 years. Earlier in his career he worked in education, community work and as a psychiatric social worker. Chris holds qualifications in art and design, teaching, business and marketing and European cultural planning.

He is author of several publications and books, the latest being ‘Psychology & The City: The Hidden Dimension’, jointly authored with Charles Landry in 2017.”

Madeleine O’Reilly
Director, Assemble FestMadeleine is a freelance director and facilitator and cofounded Assemble Fest in 2013. She is passionate about creating high quality theatre that is accessible for everybody. She has worked as a project manager for Freedom Festival and as the programmer of Women of World Hull in 2017. She has worked at a number of theatres across the UK including Royal and Derogate Northampton, The Lyceum in Edinburgh and West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Robert Palmer
Former Director of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Council of EuropeRobert (Bob) Palmer is an independent consultant who works internationally on a wide range of cultural projects in the areas of cultural policy and strategy, organisational development, festivals and events, the creative economy and issues related to cultural policy and strategy, and the cultural development of cities.
He has been very involved in the EU programme of European Capitals of Culture (1985-present), was the Director of two European Capitals of Culture – Glasgow and Brussels, and an advisor to many others, currently Leeuwarden ECoC 2018, Matera ECoC 2019, and Galway ECoC2020. He was recently the Director of Culture for the Council of Europe based in Strasbourg, France (2006-2013), responsible for work across 50 countries. He advises UNESCO, European Commission, many different European Cultural Institutes and cultural networks on cultural matters. He is the author of the book “Eventful Cities” published by Elesevier/Routledge, which analyses the process of cultural event development, management and marketing.After living for periods of time in the U.K., Canada, Belgium and France, he currently lives in Edinburgh, and is at present working on projects in Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Egypt and the U.K.
Alastair O’Sullivan
Managing Director, Diony I’m Alistair O’Sullivan, the managing director of Diony – a rapidly growing digital marketing and design start-up based in the centre of Hull. Our ethos is to embrace new technologies, to work ethically, and to educate. All by utilising artificial intelligence and psychology based marketing. I love being creative, I love making things, and of course, i love Hull!
Robert PalmerFormer Director of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Council of EuropeRobert (Bob) Palmer is an independent consultant who works internationally on a wide range of cultural projects in the areas of cultural policy and strategy, organisational development, festivals and events, the creative economy and issues related to cultural policy and strategy, and the cultural development of cities.


He has been very involved in the EU programme of European Capitals of Culture (1985-present), was the Director of two European Capitals of Culture – Glasgow and Brussels, and an advisor to many others, currently Leeuwarden ECoC 2018, Matera ECoC 2019, and Galway ECoC2020. He was recently the Director of Culture for the Council of Europe based in Strasbourg, France (2006-2013), responsible for work across 50 countries. He advises UNESCO, European Commission, many different European Cultural Institutes and cultural networks on cultural matters. He is the author of the book “Eventful Cities” published by Elesevier/Routledge, which analyses the process of cultural event development, management and marketing.After living for periods of time in the U.K., Canada, Belgium and France, he currently lives in Edinburgh, and is at present working on projects in Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Egypt and the U.K.
Dr Josef Ploner
Lecturer in International Education, Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education,University of HullJosef Ploner is Lecturer in International Education at the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education (FACE) at the University of Hull, UK. His academic portfolio is interdisciplinary in scope and features an MA in Cultural Anthropology (University of Vienna) and a PhD in Tourism and Heritage Studies (Leeds Beckett University).
Josef’s research focuses on the interlinks between education and mobility, particularly in the context of inter- and transnational student mobilities in higher education. Josef has also a keen interest in tourism, heritage and cultural events as meaningful sites of education and learning. In his current role as Lecturer at the University of Hull, he teaches across a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes and supervises a number of doctoral projects in the field of international education.
Vanessa Reed
Chief Executive of the PRS FoundationVanessa Reed is Chief Executive of the PRS Foundation. Since joining in 2008, Vanessa has repositioned the Foundation as the UK’s most pioneering and effective funder of new music and talent development, significantly increasing resources for the music industry and launching a diverse range of new initiatives which respond to the needs of composers and songwriters of all backgrounds.


Recent initiatives initiated by Vanessa include Momentum – the ground-breaking talent development fund for artists working in pop music (in partnership with Arts Council England, PPL and Spotify) and a range of international initiatives including the pioneering Keychange campaign which invests in female talent whilst encouraging music festivals to aim for a 50:50 gender balance by 2022.

Before joining the Foundation, Vanessa worked as an independent arts consultant, as Grants Manager at the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), in the Education and Culture Directorate of the European Commission (Brussels) and as Promotions Manager at the British Music Information Centre. Vanessa was selected as one of fifty ‘Women to Watch’ by the Cultural Leadership Programme in 2010. More recently Vanessa won the music category of the Hospital Club’s 100 Awards for UK creative industry influencers and was awarded a Fellowship by Leeds College of Music. Vanessa is Chair of Sound UK Arts and Board member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Jez Riley French
Sound ArtistAlongside performances and installations Jez lectures and runs workshops focusing on located sound in contemporary art. He also works as a curator. His work often involves long form listening and extended recording techniques. He has also developing the concept of ‘scores for listening’.


Amongst his works are pieces capturing the dolomites dissolving, ants consuming fallen fruit, public buildings vibrating and the infrasound of the world turning.He has exhibited in shows with Yoko Ono, David Bowie, Chris Watson, Jana Winderen, Alvin Lucier, Annea Lockwood, Riyuchi Sakamoto, Jeremy Deller, Sarah Lucas, Brian Eno etc, at galleries including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, MoCA Tokyo.  Jez was commission by CoC 2017 for projects including Height of the Reeds & North Atlantic Flux.
Sir Nicholas Serota
Chair of Arts Council EnglandNicholas Serota has been Chair of Arts Council England since February 2017 and is a member of the Board of the BBC. He was Director of Tate between 1988 and 2017.
During this period Tate opened Tate St Ives (1993) and Tate Modern (2000 & 2016), redefining the Millbank building as Tate Britain (2000). Tate also developed its national role by creating partnerships with 35 regional galleries across the UK in the Plus Tate network.
Andrew Shimmin
Head Teacher, McMillan Nursery School (Sixteen Thousand)Born and raised in Hull, after completing a BA in English at Oxford University, I became fascinated with young children’s learning and play through devised theatre and performance work in Oxford in the nineties.


I trained as a teacher at Oxford Brookes University, specialising in Early Years Education and after working at an infant school in Kent, eventually returned to Hull, where I have worked at McMillan Nursery School in North Hull Estate for 22 years, as a Nursery Teacher, Deputy and, after gaining NPQH, as Headteacher since 2006.I have always had an interest in the relationships between play, learning and creativity for both children and adults, and have sought opportunities for young children and artists to work together – including developing McMillan as a ‘School of Creativity’ through the Arts Council Creative Partnerships initiative from 2002-2010. This has offered children, staff and artists opportunities to research together and develop understanding, mutual respect and shared skills, as well as exploring models such as the Reggio Emilia approach and its application to the social and cultural environment in Hull. The school published ‘The McMillan ABC – The 100 letters of the alphabet’ in 2011.I believe that young children are citizens with their own unique and valuable perspective on the world, and that they have the right to explore and experience the world through a multi-sensory, multi-media, cross-curricular approach, appropriate to their individual developmental levels. At the same time, young children are individuals who exist in the context of their families, and of the settings and adults who live and work with them. Their access to opportunities for development, exploration and expression of their own perspectives and experience – their access to and expression of culture – is dependent on this social context.
Moira Sinclair
Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn FoundationMoira is Chief Executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation which has a particular interest in social justice, in supporting young people and in the importance of the arts. She is Chair of East London Dance and Vice Chair of the London Mayor’s Cultural Strategy Board.


She is also a member of the British Library Advisory Council, of the Investment Committee for the Arts Impact Fund and of the Governing Council for the European Foundation Centre. Previously she was Executive Director London and South East for Arts Council England, and Director of Vital Arts. She has worked in local government, and in theatre and production management. A graduate of Manchester University where she studied drama, Moira became a Clore Fellow in 2004/05.
Garry TaylorCity Major Projects Manager, Hull City CouncilGarry Taylor is a regeneration and project professional with over 15 years experience and a proven track record in developing and delivering successful strategies and major projects in the north of England at regional, sub-regional, city and local neighbourhood levels. Garry is responsible for overseeing Major Projects and Infrastructure in Hull, this includes implementing the City Plan.
He has successfully delivered the extensive City Centre works programme for 2017. All works are making Hull a world-class visitor destination.

Garry’s recent achievements include the development of a strategic investment and medium to long term development plan for multiple investment programmes across the City of Hull. He has also successfully submitted funding bids which have brought in an additional £80m of public funding into Hull with an equivalent private sector match of over £500m of investment.

He currently leads a team of project management specialists to deliver a large-scale programme of new-build, refurbishment, public realm and cultural/economic regeneration. This programme is the catalyst that prepared the city for its year in the spotlight as UK City of Culture 2017 and beyond. The priority projects include a £25m Public Realm programme, major refurbishments to the city’s art gallery and theatre, improvements to parks and to key gateways into the city. Ambitious projects beyond this include a cruise terminal and a leisure, music and events arena.

Garry’s particular areas of expertise are creative and visionary thinking grounded in delivery, partnership building and development, large-scale programme and project management, leadership of multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting teams and successfully drawing in both public and private sector funding.

Elinor Unwin
Head of Monitoring & Evaluation at Hull 2017Elinor Unwin is Head of Monitoring &anp; Evaluation at Hull 2017. Joining the organisation in October 2015, she has been responsible for leading a dynamic team of four staff to ensure the comprehensive and robust research of Hull’s year as City of Culture.
This has involved managing the research process: from defining the research parameters through to reporting. Believing that research can also be fun, Elinor has designed imaginative and creative approaches to data collection, alongside more traditional methodologies, which have been used in the evaluation of Hull 2017’s “”Hero”” Projects and Programmes: seven specially selected projects from the year’s Artistic Programme; the Hull 2017 Volunteer Programme; and the No Limits learning programme. In evaluating the year, Elinor and her team have worked in partnership with the University of Hull, the internal team at Hull 2017, and creative sector partners, as well as procuring and commissioning external research specialists.

Elinor’s passion for research comes from knowing the key role that monitoring and evaluation can play within organisational learning; celebrating success; informing decision-making and project design; and being accountable to the funders, organisations and communities who support arts and culture.
Prior to taking on her role at Hull 2017, Elinor has worked at a diverse range of creative and cultural sector organisations, including:

  • The Art House – Wakefield, project managing a diverse programme of exhibitions, training and audience engagement activities
  • Film London, coordinating and supporting National Lottery funded film festivals and film education projects
  • ABL Cultural Consulting, leading research projects for a prestigious and diverse cultural portfolio; and
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe, dipping her toe into the arts and cultural sector and getting hooked!
    Elinor holds a First Class MA(Hons) in Business Studies from the University of Edinburgh and an MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research Practice

James WaltonWriter and Journalist, The SpectatorJames Walton is a reviewer for The New York Review of Books and TV critic The Spectator. He is a Creator, writer, sole researcher and presenter of Radio 4’s books quiz, The Write Stuff, which has run for 17 series. James is also a Presenter of Radio 4’s Pick of the Week, contributor to Saturday Review and A Good Read. He also writes a weekly quiz for the Financial Times FT magazine and is a Books Editor for the Reader’s Digest.

  • 1998-2008: TV critic for the Daily Telegraph doing daily reviews. Now an occasional reviewer.
  • 1994-1998: Deputy Literary Editor of the Daily Telegraph


  • Creator, writer, sole researcher and presenter of All the Way from Memphis, Radio 4’s first-ever pop quiz, which ran for two series.
  • Writer and researcher of Dorothy Parker: Laughter and Hope and a Sock in the Eye — a 45 minute documentary.
  • Contributor to several radio and TV programmes including Greatest TV Moments, Night Waves, Before the Booker, BBC Breakfast, Right to Reply, Who Stole Bob Monkhouse’s Jokes?, Sky News papers review, A History of the Costume Drama, Top of the Cops, the Simon Mayo TV panel, Open Book and the Today programme. I have also done items for Telegraph TV.
  • Travel writer for the Daily Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveller and BBC Lonely Planet magazine
  • Features writer for the Telegraph arts pages
  • Writing straight journalism, as well as colour and comment pieces for the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs
  • Judge for the Royal Television Society awards
  • Judge for the Whitbread First Novel awards and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize
  • On-stage interviewer at the Cheltenham Festival of Literature, the Oxford Literary Festival and the Woodstock Literary Festival. Writing and hosting quizzes at those festivals and others
  • Writing quizzes for the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveller and others
  • Writing arts features for the Spectator on subjects ranging from Carry On films to stand-up comedy and books about angels
  • Book reviewer for The Spectator, The Sunday Times, Literary Review, The Independent on Sunday, The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph – and writer of many literary features pieces, including interviews with John Updike, Kazuo Ishiguro and Graham Swift. I also wrote a piece for the Daily Express on the 50th anniversary of Raymond Chandler’s death
  • Writing jokes for Radio 4’s satirical show Weekending, a few for Spitting Image – and scripts for Radio 4’s Out of Order, a political quiz show which featured leading politicians as the team-members


  • The Faber Book of Smoking (Faber, 2000), an anthology telling the history of smoking from Christopher Columbus onwards. Revewed widely and enthusiastically and a Times Book of the Week.
  • Sonnets, Bonnets and Bennetts: a Literary Quiz Book (Faber, 2008). Published in the United States, in Americanised form, as Who Killed Iago? (Perigee, 2009).
Dave Windass
First Story ProjectDave Windass is a writer his plays include Pale Blue Dot (2018), Revolutions (2015), Yalda (with Roya Amiri, 2015), The Whitsun Weddings (2014) and, for Hull Truck, Ballroom Blitz (2012), On A Shout (2008), Sully (2006) and Kicked Into Touch (2005).
He has written four Christmas shows for Middle Child. Dave is a director of theatre company Ensemble 52. For E52, he co-produces the Heads Up Festival, produced in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre. He co-founded arts venue and E52’s base The Other Space (now Kardomah94) in 2013. He founded the long-running theatre development night Scratch@Fruit in 2010. He was a founder member, in 2003, of Hull Truck’s Blockheads, which developed and explored skills in writing for the stage.

He has facilitated creative writing workshops for a wide range of organisations, including the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Sheffield Young Writers, Hull Truck and the University of Hull. He led Hull Truck’s successful PlayWrite course from 2011. He was script consultant on Cascade Arts’ Dickens-inspired interactive storytelling project Open Threads (2012) and, with Matt Stephenson for Collaborate, Create, Engage and Future Ferens, he co-created the Gypsy & Traveler exhibition To Be Able To Pull Up and Sit and Have a Chat Around The Fire (2012). He has introduced and compered many Humber Mouth and Head in a Book literary events. He frequently works as a dramaturg and new writing mentor. He is a part of artist collective What Is?

As a journalist, he wrote countless articles for a host of publications. He was a theatre critic for The Stage and, arts correspondent for Artscene and a regular contributor to The Big Issue in the North. He was a lecturer at Hull School of Art & Design from 2009-2014. Euphoria was the first recipient of the Larkin 25 Arts Award. Short play On Your Marks (2011) was the first Cultural Olympiad project in Yorkshire to be awarded the Inspire Mark by the London 2012 programme. Meyer-Whitworth nominee On A Shout was awarded an RNLI commendation.

He is currently involved in the development of several new pieces of work, developing a parallel career as an artist working with sound as Artificial Limb Unit and working for First Story, whose programmes in secondary schools help young people find their voices and realise that their voices have value.

Photo credit: Tom Arran