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WHAT’S NEXT? Hull UK City of Culture 2017: Evaluation Conference

Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 November 2019


Professor David Atkinson
Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography, University of HullDavid Atkinson is a cultural and historical geographer who has taught and researched at the University of Hull since 1998. He is Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering and Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography, Department of Geography, Geology and Environment.
David’s interests include the geographies of totalitarianism in the ‘dark’ 20th century, including the roles of geographers and geographical sciences in the production of modern Italy and Italian colonial space. He also works on the histories of geographical knowledge and its applications and imaginaries. A final interest revolves around the intersections of place, memory, identity and landscape, and the insistent eruptions of the past in the spaces of the present.
Before moving to Hull, David was a lecturer at the University of Wales, Lampeter.
He also serves as Chair of the Society for Libyan Studies, which is one of the British Academy’s British International Research Institutes.
Martin Atkinson
Executive Producer, Silent UproarMartin Atkinson is Executive Producer for Hull’s very own Silent Uproar and Manchester Collective, creating new work that tours all over the UK, across Europe and the USA, reaching tens of thousands of audience live and hundreds of thousands online, on BBC Radio and other international media platforms.

Martin has worked with Brighton Dome & Festival, Leeds Playhouse and was one of the Producers at Hull 2017, UK City of Culture.

Chenine Bhathena
Creative Director, Coventry City of Culture TrustChenine Bhathena is the architect of the UK City of Culture in Coventry 2021. She has overall responsibility for developing programmes, co-creation, community engagement, capacity building through development of national and international partnerships.
Chenine is building a cultural movement, harnessing activism and creating initiatives that are joyful and celebratory, but with a strong social conscience and that not only spotlight local global issues, but make change happen.
She previously worked at the Greater London Authority where she led the Mayor’s Cultural Placemaking Team and conceived, designed and delivered the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture competition. As London 2012 Creative Programmer for the Olympics/Paralympics she led London’s biggest ever outdoor festival and at Arts Council England (London and national offices) she led strategic programmes for Outdoor Arts, producers, local authorities, young people and disability arts.
Over the last five years she has made the case for embedding culture across city policy and invited artists and arts to go beyond their sphere and collaborate on major high street, housing and transport development schemes, including making the case the Thames Estuary and The Royal Docks Enterprise Zone. She initiated and led a range of high profile arts initiatives for the Mayor including Lumiere London 2016 and the Illuminated River. Chenine is a Board Director for IF: Milton Keynes.
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.
Victoria Bisset
PhD Researcher, Culture Place and Policy Institute, University of HullVictoria Bissett is a PhD student and Research Assistant at the University of Hull’s Culture Place and Policy Institute (CPPI).
Having trained as a visual artist and worked as an arts professional within the community arts sector, her PhD research brings together her working knowledge of community arts management and practices, research interests of socially engaged arts practices and cultural mega events.
As part of the CPPI team, Victoria has participated in the data collection for both the interim and final evaluation reports for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and is a key contributor to an evaluation project with Hull’s Creative People & Places during 2018 and 2019.
Dr Philip Boland
Reader, Queen’s University, BelfastPhilip Boland is an international expert on cultural events and economic development. Between 2013 and 2016 he led a three year Leverhulme funded research project that analysed Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture.
The subsequent publications interrogated the implementation and impact of CoC (Boland, Murtagh & Shirlow, 2016, 2019; Boland, Mullan & Murtagh, 2018; Murtagh, Boland, Shirlow, 2017). Similarly, his previous research analysed the legacy of Liverpool as 2008 European Capital of Culture (Boland, 2010, 2013). Thus, he has extensive experience and expertise in researching cities of culture. Philip’s research is published in international peer reviewed journals (International Journal of Cultural Policy, Social & Cultural Geography, Journal of Youth Studies, International Journal of Heritage Studies), and has been disseminated at international and national academic conferences (Association of American Geographers, European Schools of Planning, UK-Ireland Planning Conference). He is a member of the Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland and a Core Group Member of the newly created AHRC Cities of Culture, Turning Evaluation into Policy Research Network.
Professor Alistair Borthwick
Professor of Music, University of HullAlastair Borthwick is a composer and musicologist, based at the University of Hull, where he is a professor. His compositions include music for soloists, instrumental ensembles, choirs and orchestras, which have been performed across the UK and Continental Europe, Turkey, China, Hong Kong and the USA.
Commissions have been funded by organisations including Arts Council England, the Performing Rights Society and Beijing Modern Music Festival. They have ranged from concert to liturgical and film music. Alistair’s published musicological work includes writing on music theory and analysis, and British music since 1945 (especially Michael Tippett).
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 HullGlenn Burgess is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Hull. He served as the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) from May 2014 to August 2019, having previously held the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) since February 2010. He has been a member of the History Department since 1994.
Glen 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. He 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 current work, though, is on the political thought of George Orwell, and on the theory and history of free speech and academic freedom. 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
Chair, Absolutely CulturedLee 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.

Before joining Absolutely Cultured as Chair, Lee already had an established relationship with Hull, including working with Hull 2017, Hull Truck Theatre, Freedom Festival, Middle Child and Hull Time Based Arts.

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.

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

Krzysztof Czyżewski
Co-founder and President, Borderland Foundation and Director, Centre ‘Borderland of Arts, Cultures and Nations’Krzystof Czyżewski is a practitioner of ideas, writer, philosopher, culture animator, theatre director, editor. Co-founder and president of the Borderland Foundation (1990) and director of the Centre “Borderland of Arts, Cultures and Nations” in Sejny.

Together with his team, in Krasnogruda on the Polish-Lithuanian border Krzystof revitalized a manor house once belonging to Czesław Miłosz family, and initiated there an International Center for Dialog (2011). Among his books of poetry and essays are: The Path of the Borderland (2001); Line of Return (2008); Trust & Identity: A Handbook of Dialog (2011); Miłosz–Dialog–Borderland (2013); Miłosz. A Connective Tissue (2014); The Krasnogruda Bridge. A Bridge-Builder’s Toolkit (2016); and A Small Center of the World; Notes of the Practitioner of Ideas (2017).

Initiator of intercultural dialogue programs in Europe, Caucasus, Israel, Central Asia, Indonesia, Bhutan and USA. Teacher and lecturer – from 2015 a visiting professor of Rutgers University and the University of Bologna. His recent theatre productions include Three Women. Metamorphosis of the Medea’s Myth in Ovid and Picasso (2014) and The Mystery of the Bridge (2015).

In 2008 he was nominated as Ambassador of European Year of Intercultural Dialog (Brussels). He is a laureate of Dan David Prize 2014 and Irena Sendlerowa Prize 2015.Together with the Borderland team he is the 2018 Princess Margriet European Award for Culture (Amsterdam) laureate.

Andrew Dixon
Chief Executive and Director, Culture Creativity PlaceAs Director of Culture Creativity Place, Andrew Dixon has led bids for Hull 2017 City of Culture, Coventry 2021, Leeds 2023 and York’s UNESCO status.
In Coventry, Andrew co-wrote the cultural strategy, helping to secure over £40 million capital investment in the city for projects such as Coventry Cathedral, Daimler Powerhouse and Fargo Village.As Chief Executive of Northern Arts (Arts Council England) Andrew led the £250 million regional Case for Capital, helping implement projects such as The Sage Gateshead, Baltic and the Angel of the North. Chief Executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative the public private sector partnership he was responsible for repositioning the city for culture and tourism. He was Programme Director for the World Summit on Arts and Culturein 2006 and was the founding Chief Executive of Creative Scotland introducing place-based investment in Scotland.Andrew has an honorary doctorate from The University of Northumbria and is a visiting professor at Coventry University and Warwick Business School. He has worked with over 80 Local authorities across the UK and was an adviser to the Scottish Government Town Centre Review. He has spoken widely on cultural policy, tourism and the arts including in Ireland, Australia, Sweden, Turkey, USA, Hong Kong, Sierra Leone and South
Coral Flood
Coral Flood, Principal Policy Officer, Culture and Creative Industries, Greater London Authority.Coral Flood has been working at the Greater London Authority (GLA) for three years and is the lead officer on the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture programme, which launched in June 2017 and awarded Waltham Forest the title for 2019 and Brent for 2020. Round two of the programme is currently underway, with boroughs bidding for the title for 2021 and 2023.


Coral has over 20 years’ experience in arts management and developing the arts and creative industries. Prior to joining the GLA, she worked in the London Borough of Southwark for many years, where she managed a dynamic arts service, gained extensive knowledge of local government and led the development and implementation of the borough’s cultural strategy.

Both public sector roles have focused on connecting key stakeholders across different policy areas, providing advocacy for culture and the broad and powerful ways that it affects education, skills, employment, placemaking, cohesion and wellbeing. Coral has also worked in partnership with regeneration, property and planning colleagues to integrate cultural facilities within major regeneration schemes and ensure longer term investment in culture.

Coral has a long track record supporting London’s vibrant cultural sector and has worked for several performing arts companies, including Sadler’s Wells. She has also worked as an Associate for People Make it Work, on the Arts Council Wales Resilience programme. Coral is currently a trustee of the Cervantes Theatre, home of the Spanish Theatre Company.

Professor Lynn Froggett
Professor of Psychosocial Welfare,
University of Central Lancashire
Lynn Froggett is Professor of Psychosocial Welfare at the University of Central Lancashire and Co-Director of the trans-disciplinary Institute for Citizenship, Society and Change. She has a cross-disciplinary academic background in the Social Sciences and Humanities and this has led to an abiding interest in understanding human creativity in art, science and sport.


For over a decade Lynn Froggett’s research focus has been on the socially engaged arts and their contribution to health and wellbeing in clinical, community and cultural contexts. She has led a succession of research and evaluation projects with children, young people and adults in settings  as diverse as mental health, hospitals, primary care, education, youth justice and the cultural sector.  She has current research partnerships in Australia (University of New South Wales) investigating aspects of art-science and in India examining culture and eco-sustainability (Shika Rural Lifeline Trust). Much of this work involves participatory and co-creative methodological innovation. She is also Visiting Professor at the Universities of Stavanger (Department of Health Studies) and Roskilde (School of Lifelong Learning) and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Dr Beatriz Garcia
Senior Research Fellow in Communication Studies, University of Liverpool.Dr Beatriz Garcia is Senior Research Fellow in Communication Studies at the University of Liverpool and Culture Advisor to the International Olympic Committee. 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.
Beatriz has been at the forefront of research on the rhetoric, impact and long term legacy of culture-led city regeneration interventions since 1999. She has conducted fieldwork on the cultural impact of every edition of the Olympic Games (summer and winter) since Sydney 2000. Other projects directed by Beatriz include a review of all available evidence on the first three decades of the European Capital of Culture programme; the pioneering Impacts 08 ~ 18 programme, a 20-year study on the socio-economic and cultural impacts of Liverpool as European Capital of Culture; and the first nation-wide assessment of a Cultural Olympiad, focusing on the London 2012 Olympic Games. To conduct this research, Beatriz has been funded by national and international bodies such as the European Parliament, European Commission, International Olympic Committee, United Cities and Local Governments, British Council, British Academy and Research Councils UK. See:;; ;
Dr Pip Gardner
Former Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Hull 2017 Ltd.Dr Pip Gardner (pronouns: they/them or ze/zir) was part of the Monitoring and Evaluation team at Hull UK City of Culture 2017 from 2017-2018 alongside finishing a PhD in cultural geography at the University of Sheffield.
Pip led on the evaluation of the No Limits Learning and Participation Programme, collaborated on the evaluation of the heritage strand, and managed project monitoring processes. Ze’s latest role is as Communications Manager and Project Co-ordinator at Woodcraft Folk alongside freelance evaluation consultancy for a range of arts organisations including Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and Back to Ours.
Lady Jane Gibson
Chair, CAPSAG/Spirit of 2012 TrustAfter graduating from the University of Hull with a degree in Drama & English in 1985, Jane Gibson worked in theatre, film, television, radio, the record industry and marketing and PR in London. During this time she was housekeeper to Doris Lessing the novelist.
Jane moved to the North East in 1996 where she established Joined Up North, a consultancy business specialising in strategic development, regeneration and place marketing though culture, heritage and tourism projects.Following a move back to her home county of Yorkshire in 2009 she is now working in non-executive roles. She is founding Chair of Make It York, a destination management and business development company and is a board member of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP. She is acting Chair of Spirit of 2012, the London 2012 legacy charity, founded by the National Lottery Community Fund in 2013 with a £47m endowment. She chairs two partnership boards: the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site Board and the Culture & Place Strategic Advisory Group in Hull.
Jackie Goodman
Project Manager, Feral Art SchoolJackie Goodman is Project Manager of The Feral Art School, set up in September 2018. Jackie studied Textile Design & Fine Art at the University of Leeds and has since been involved with arts education and practice including visual arts, writing & theatre.
Jackie has worked across secondary, further and higher education sectors including project and institutional management. Her current personal practice is as director of multimedia performances including contemporary dance, poetry and video projection. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Hull looking at the links between architecture and fictional narrative.
Barbara Grabher
PhD Researcher, Culture Place and Policy Institute, University of HullBarbara Grabher works as a Research Assistant at the Culture Place and Policy Institute at University of Hull. Additionally, she is a PhD candidate at the University of Hull, UK and University of Oviedo, Spain in the context of the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Framework GRACE project (Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe).
Barbara holds a BA in Cultural and Social Anthropology from the University of Vienna, Austria, and an MA in Gender Studies from Utrecht University, Netherlands, and University of Granada, Spain.
Martin Green CBE
Former Chief Executive and Director, Hull 2017Martin has masterminded some of Britain’s most significant major 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 CEO and Director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Martin delivered 365 days of transformative culture for the city to huge acclaim. He is an advisor to the Japan 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Dubai Expo 2020.  In April of 2019 he became the Chief Creative Officer of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2020. Martin is an inaugural member of the Circle of Cultural Fellows at King’s College London. In 2018 He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Hull and made CBE in The Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Lord Haskins of Skidby
Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise PartnershipChris Haskins is the former Chairman of Northern Foods and Express Dairies. He was appointed Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership in 2011 and is currently a non-executive Director of JSR Farms Ltd.


As a former Board member of Yorkshire Forward Regional Development Agency
(1998-2008), he brings a wealth of experience in regional development and regeneration.

He was Chairman of the Cabinet Office’s Better Regulation Task Force, from 1998 –
2003, and Chair of the Council of the Open University from 2004 – 2014.

As well as chairing the LEP’s Board meetings and representing the LEP in public, Lord Haskins will also lead meetings with Ministers and be the LEP’s voice in Whitehall and Parliament.

Amanda Huxtable
ArtistAmanda Huxtable is an experienced Theatre Director, Creative Producer and Trustee. She has recently completed a successful two year role as the Changemaker and Artistic Associate at Hull Truck Theatre.

Amanda continues to build on her portfolio of Theatre Productions across the UK and further afield. Together with Vanitas Arts based in Sheffield she is developing a special immersive theatre work called Trumpet based on the Guardian Fiction Prize book by Jackie Kay.

As Co-Artistic Director of Hidden Gems with Marcia Layne, Amanda enjoyed five years touring Black British stories in the U.K. Her Freelance Directorial work has toured to London, Edinburgh, Canada and the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina, USA. As a Theatre Director, Creative Producer and Mentor she enjoys supporting the cultural ecology of the arts across the UK and the rest of the world. She continues to strengthen her practice by studying the Social Sciences including The Arts Past and Present. This year she is studying British Isles and the Modern World 1789- 1914 at the Open University

Professor Andrew Jonas
Professor for Human Geography, University of HullAndy Jonas is Professor of Human Geography in the Department of Geography, Geology and Environment at the University of Hull in the UK. He was recently listed in the top 25 globally most productive and cited urban scholars.
Andy’s research interests cover various dimensions of the cultures and politics of urban and suburban development in the USA and Europe. He is currently interested in how climate change and the drive towards low carbon economic development is enabling structurally disadvantaged maritime port cities to reimagine and transform their external image and place identity.He has also written extensively on the new geopolitics of city regionalism. He has co-authored a textbook, Urban Geography: A Critical Introduction(Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), with Eugene McCann and Mary Thomas. His other books include The Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics(Routledge, 2018), The Urban Growth Machine: Critical Perspectives Two Decades Later (SUNY Press, 1999), Interrogating Alterity (Ashgate, 2010), and Territory, the State and Urban Politics (Ashgate, 2012).
Dr Lisa Jones
School of Education, University of HullLisa Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Hull. Lisa joined the University of Hull in 2011 after previously working as a researcher at the University of Manchester for eight years.
Lisa’s research has predominantly focused on educational and social inequalities with a particular interest in social class and socio-economic disadvantage. She has worked on a wide range of projects focused in and around schools with teachers and young people (funders include the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Department for Children Schools and Families/Department for Education and the World Health Organisation.During the 2017 City of Culture year, Lisa worked with her colleague Dr Josef Ploner on a study focused on young people’s perceptions and uses of ‘culture’ funded by Hull 2017’s Learning and Participation Team.
Jessica Leathley
Audience Development & Engagement Manager, Hull LibrariesJessica Leathley read music at the University of Hull graduating in 1988. She then studied for a postgraduate diploma in Librarianship and Information Studies at Aberystwyth University before embarking on a career with Hull Libraries as a Librarian.
Jessica’s work with the Library Service has ranged widely including community development with adults and children, music library service development, project management and the creation of the Untold Hull oral history archive. During 2017, Jessica was instrumental in establishing a number of cultural programmes for Hull Libraries including the highly regarded reading and conversation project, Reading Rooms. She has represented Yorkshire Library Services with the Reading Agency’s Reading Partners programme and is currently a steering group member for the British Library’s Living Knowledge Network.
Maureen Lennon
PlaywrightMaureen Lennon is a Hull based writer & director. She is a Leeds Playhouse FUSE writer, Associate Artist of Middle Child Theatre and a co-founder of new-writing & storytelling company Bellow Theatre.
Her latest play Us Against Whatever, was a karaoke cabaret about Brexit produced by Middle Child Theatre in association with Hull Truck Theatre & Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. Her 2017 play Bare Skin On Briny Waters, was co-written with Tabitha Mortiboy and produced by Bellow Theatre, and was part of the Hull 2017 City of Culture Takeover at Edinburgh Fringe before a UK tour. It received two commendations from NSDF.Other writing includes, The Way Home (Paines Plough/Come To Where I’m From) & A Long Morning Quiet (Sheffield Theatres). Writing & directing credits include: Gobble (Bellow Theatre & Applause/ Creative Arts East), The Washerwomen’s Warning & The Cautionary Tale of Horrid Ham Carver (Bellow Theatre/Assemble Fest). Directing credits include: The Amy Johnson Fan Club (Bellow Theatre), Billy Through The Window (Bellow Theatre). Assistant Director credits include: Mighty Atoms (Hull Truck Theatre/Mark Babych), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Hull Truck Theatre & Queens Theatre Hornchurch/ Mark Babych).
Marianne Lewsley-Stier
Head of Culture Campus, University of HullMarianne Lewsley-Stier is the Head of Culture Campus at the University of Hull. The Culture Campus office was created to continue the momentum gained from the City of Culture year and to ensure the University remains at the heart of culture in the city, the region and beyond.
Marianne has been a champion of the role that art and culture play in Higher Education for the last 10 years and has been crucial in helping to deliver the University’s contribution to City of Culture, which included an extensive cultural programme.
Fredrik Lindegren
Head of the Culture Department, City of Umeå, Sweden.Fredrik Lindegren is currently working as head of Culture department in the City of Umeå, Sweden. He was originally hired 2006 by the municipality to work with the bid for becoming European Capital of Culture. After the successful bid he was appointed Artistic Director for the upcoming ECoC year, a position he maintained throughout the cultural year (2014) to the end of the project in September 2015.
Fredrik has a background in History of ideas and Drama-theatre-film at the University of Umeå, and during the 90s he was engaged by different companies, both theatres and television, as actor and stage director.
Fredrik is frequently hired by different organisations as a speaker and moderator and has appeared several times at TEDx and other major forums.
Focus for his work as an Artistic Director is how to create the dramaturgy of the program that will engage both stakeholders, citizens and broad audiences.
Mr Lindegren is also running a small cultural venue under the name The Artistic Bureaucracy – @Bureaucart; where he combines artistic performances with a bureaucratic twist.
Kate Macdonald
Director of TimeBank Hull and East Riding and Mutual Aid Network Hull and East RidingKate Macdonald is the founding Director of TimeBank Hull and East Riding and Mutual Aid Network Hull and East Riding. Her journey to solidarity economics came via her background in mental health, where she worked initially as a researcher in psychiatry and later in service improvement work. She led the development of the early psychosis service (EIS) locally. Working regionally and nationally for organisations including Care Services Improvement Partnership and Northern Centre for Mental Health, she championed recovery focused activity and tackling stigma.
In 2007, Kate founded a media company which specialised in this area of work producing films and marketing campaigns. Originally her idea for the TimeBank was as a bridge to community for young people with psychosis and their families, before austerity made clear the broader benefits of non-monetary exchange for whole communities. Since 2015, she has been working with Mutual Aid Networks (MANs), a new type of networked cooperative creating means for everyone to discover and succeed in work they want to do, with the support of their community.Through the HUMANs (Humans United in Mutual Aid Networks), a global umbrella cooperative, all pilot sites and members share their tools, experiences and resources demonstrating that the economy is what we make it. The TimeBank has recently moved into a community centre in East Hull which will become a Mutual Aid Network Hub, incubating worker co-ops, ethical businesses and co-producing projects with the community which meet their needs utilising the tools of mutual aid – sharing, timebanking, price based mutual credit and savings pools. She recently returned from a six week #solidaritysprint research trip in the USA exploring solidarity economies in action. The core of this work is weaving connective tissue between projects and holding space to practice working as ‘we’ rather than ‘I’, facilitating strengths based collaboration locally and globally.
Pete Massey
Director – North, Arts Council EnglandPete Massey is currently Director, North – Yorkshire & the Humber, based in Arts Council’s Leeds office. He leads a local team of 20 specialist staff and has responsibility for strategic partnership working across the north. At present his focus is on the Northern Powerhouse and devolution.
After studying Contemporary Studies at the University of Humberside, Pete worked for a short spell in a local authority planning department. He left to work in production at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough before setting up an independent arts development agency, Create, where he championed the role of culture and the arts in regeneration. While there he established the Scarborough Festival of Light (now Coastival), co-founded The Creative Coast creative industries network and was an inaugural member of Creative North Yorkshire. He represented culture on the Urban Renaissance Town Team for Scarborough.Pete has produced a number of festivals and specialised in commissioning and producing site specific performances and events before moving into festival research and consultancy. He has worked at Arts Council England since 2007 initially as Regional Partnerships Officer and then as a Senior Relationship Manager, before taking up his current role in January 2017.
Professor Luzy Mazdon
Dean of the Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education, University of HullProfessor Lucy Mazdon, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education at the University of Hull, is a film and television specialist.
Lucy studied at the Universities of Birmingham, Grenoble and Warwick, and completed her PhD on Hollywood remakes of French cinema at the University of Southampton in 1996. She was appointed to the post of Senior Research Fellow at Southampton in 1996 and with colleagues went to establish the Department of Film Studies, going on to become Chair in Film. She has published widely on film and television and has a particular interest in French cinema and questions of transnational exchange.From 2006 to 2010 Lucy led a 4 year AHRC funded project tracing the history of French Cinema in Britain. The results of this research are published in a book co-written with Catherine Wheatley, entitled French Cinema and Britain: Sex Art and Cinephilia (Berghahn, 2013). More recently Lucy has been writing on the films of Henri-Georges Clouzot and has just been commissioned to write a book on his seminal film Le Salaire de la peur (1953).
Sean McAllister
Film-makerDirector Sean McAllister is known for his candid, frank films, depicting with extraordinary intimacy the lives of ordinary people who are struggling to survive but are survivors, caught up in political and personal conflict, struggling to make sense of the world we live in.


From his early films Working For The Enemy (1997) and The Minders (1998), Sundance Jury Prize-winning The Liberace Of Baghdad (2004) and Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate (2008) to his more recent successes, The Reluctant Revolutionary and Sheffield Jury Prize winning, BAFTA nominated A Syrian Love Story (2015), Sean’s work continues to inspire, to surprise and to fascinate audiences.
In 2017, Sean was director of the opening ceremony of the Hull City of Culture – setting the year off with record audiences: 1.5 times the city’s population attended the opening week events.

Claire McColgan MBE
Director of Culture, Liverpool CouncilSince 2009, Claire has been Director of Culture Liverpool, responsible for Major Events, Liverpool Film Office, Cruise Liverpool, Tourism, City Halls and Cultural Policy. Claire developed the successful participation programme (Creative Communities) that was key to Liverpool’s transformative European Capital of Culture bid.


In 2006 she was appointed Executive Producer of European Capital of Culture with responsibility for major events, public participation and community engagement. She received the MBE for services to the arts in 2009.

Claire has led the legacy program in Liverpool over the last 10 years supporting and funding 35 cultural organisations, bringing new commercial events to the city and designing and producing a creative program for Liverpool that shapes it as a destination and a place to live. She sits on the City Regions Cultural Partnership and the Visitor Economy Board.   Claire is a recipient of many awards the most recent being Eventex Best Events Team in the UK and 15th in the World.

Claire is a national and international advisor on best practice in Culture acting for Arts Council England and Ireland, the British Council, Local Government Association and represented the UK in Thailand, Brazil and China. Claire was a Director on the Board of Derry/Londonderry the inaugural City of Culture program and is the European Board Director for Galway European Capital of Culture 2020. She was chosen by Karen Bradley, Secretary of State as the UK expert for the 2022 European Capital of Culture competition.

Oonagh McGillion

Director of Legacy, Derry City and Strabane District CouncilOonagh McGillion is the Director of Legacy, responsible for contributing to the design and delivery of strategic projects within the Chief Executive’s Department.


She was formerly the Director of Development for Derry City Council, the second largest Local Authority in Northern Ireland and in 2010 led the bidding team to secure the inaugural title of UK City of Culture. She has over 25 years employment experience in the areas of social and economic regeneration and European Programmes in the public, private and third sectors.

She is a graduate of the Ulster University with a BA (Hons) Hotel and Tourism and MSc International Tourism.

Oonagh is married with two daughters.

Stuart Merali-Younger
Associate Director, Hatch RegenerisStuart Merali-Younger is a specialist in evaluation and economic impact analysis and has been closely involved with the UK City of Culture competition since the early stages of its development.
Back in 2010 and 2013, Stuart was part of the consultant teams which led independent assessments of city bids for DCMS for the first two rounds of city of culture bidding, leading to the selections of Derry/Londonderry and subsequently Hull. Since Autumn 2016 he led the consultant team supporting the University of Hull with the outcomes evaluation of the UKCC year, and most recently he has undertaken work on the economic section of the latest evaluation report.Fascinated by the way UKCC and related competitions can drive a wide range of economic and social change in cities, he has supported economic and social impact analysis of numerous cultural city bids, and has led a study for the Local Government Association exploring case studies of culture-led regeneration from across the UK. At present he is leading a study to review the way the planning system can better support culture on behalf of the present London Borough of Culture, Waltham Forest.More broadly, Stuart has led major evaluation work for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, including currently managing a lifetime evaluation of the €3.6bn European Regional Development Fund for England.
Dr Nigel D MorpethCulture Place and Policy Institute, University of HullNigel Morpeth has worked at four universities in the UK and also worked in community based leisure and events organisation in three local authorities.

Nigel is currently a Research Fellow in the Culture, Place and Policy Institute at the University of Hull. His research, publications and teaching are informed by diverse inter-disciplinary academic groups of Cultural Studies, the Creative Industries, Tourism, Sport and Leisure. He is currently working on different evaluations of place making and cultural and arts programmes of Hull 2017 City of Culture and publications related to volunteering and different aspects the City of Culture year.

During Hull UK City of Culture in 2017, he worked with the Monitoring and Evaluation Team of Hull 2017 Ltd, interviewing artists, curators and peer assessors as part of the visual arts programme. He also worked as a volunteer for Hull 2017 Ltd. and continues in this role for Absolutely Cultured and is a practicing and exhibiting visual artist.

Professor Jonothan Neelands
Academic Director for Cultural Partnerships, University of WarwickJonothan Neelands PhD, DScis is Academic Director for Cultural Partnerships for the University of Warwick, Professor of Creative Education at the Warwick Business School (WBS) and Professor in Drama and Theatre Education at the University of Warwick.
Jonothan was Director of Study for the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value and Director of Research Projects for the Creative Industries Federation. He was the lead writer of the Coventry Cultural Strategy 2017-2027 and contributed to Coventry’s successful bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 and is now the Academic Lead for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Coventry City of Culture 2021.As Academic Director for Cultural Partnerships, Jonothan leads the University of Warwick’s engagement with Coventry City of Culture 2021 and develops national and international partnerships to strengthen and deepen the cultural life of Coventry and the West Midlands region.
Dr Alexandra Oancă
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Culture Place and Policy Institute, University of HullAlexandra Oancă, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Culture, Place and Policy Institute at the University of Hull, UK. She also works as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and ICP Coordinator at the University of Leuven at the Institute for Anthropological Research.
Previously, Alexandra worked as Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Amsterdam and a Global Teaching Fellow at Universidade do Vale do Taquari in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Broadly speaking, Alexandra specialises in the anthropology of policy, critical urban studies, and European studies, with a focus on the interplay between governance, policies, and cities.Alexandra has undertaken extensive research on different facets of the European Capitals of Culture: on the competition process for the ECoC 2016 title in Spain, on the lobbing by Russian cities for extending the reach of the programme, and on the impact and narratives of success of the ECoC 2007 year in the city of Sibiu, Romania, and its wider effects.Alexandra holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology (2018) and an MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology with a specialisation in Global and Urban Studies from Central European University, Hungary/Vienna (2010) and a BA in Sociology from the University of Bucharest, Romania (2008). Her PhD project, titled “Bidding Wars: Enactments of Expertise and Emotional Labor in the Spanish Competition for the European Capital of Culture 2016 Title”, focused on the politics of culture-led urban redevelopment and on the practices that make possible competition between cities on cultural grounds.
Dr Josef Ploner
School of Environment, Education and Development, University of ManchesterJosef Ploner is Lecturer in International and Comparative Education at the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) at the University of Manchester.
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 educational mobilities and immobilities, particularly in the context of higher education, but also in relation to children and young people growing up in disadvantaged social environments. Josef has also a keen interest in tourism, heritage and the cultural industries as meaningful sites of learning and the negotiation of social in/equalities. He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change (Routledge).
Malcolm Relph
Head of City Economy, Hull City CouncilMalcolm Relph is the Councils lead on Economic Development activity, overseeing ongoing development and delivery of the City Plan, providing the strategic direction of the city for the next 20 – 30 years.
The City Plan has overseen the creation of 6,800 jobs and facilitated over £3bn of public and private sector investment. Leading the economic development function of the City Council, delivering extensive business development activities provides the basis for further private and public sector investment in the city, including delivering EU funded programmes and economic interventions such as Enterprise Zones.Malcolm is also leading on the introduction of a Cultural Compact for the city aligning the future activities of the City Plan with the cultural landscape that now prevails in the city, optimising the opportunity to further develop the achievements of City of Culture 2017.With over 25 years’ experience in economic development, and previous experience in the private sector, though a successful career in economic development, drawing on his membership of the Institute of Economic Development, Malcolm has continually developed a wide knowledge of related activities and represents the Council on a number of Partnership Boards including the Freedom Festival Arts Trust. Working extensively with elected members, the wider efforts of the Service have seen Hull win a number of awards, including being identified as the most Enterprising Place in Britain for 2017. Malcolm gained his MBA from the University of Hull and has used the knowledge and skills attained to develop the Service over the years.
David Renwick
Area Director North, National Lottery Heritage FundDavid Renwick joined the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2017.
David was previously Director of Conservation at the North York Moors National Park. In that role he led the park’s conservation work, including archaeology, nature conservation and land management, as well as rural development and grant giving. He also led a number of National Lottery Heritage Fund – supported projects.David previously sat on the UK Biodiversity Strategy Programme Board. More locally he also sat on the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership’s European Funding Committee. He advised on funding decisions to support rural development and a range of other partnerships covering catchment management, flood and coastal risk management, as well as Local Nature Partnerships. David is a trained ecologist with a BSc in Environmental Management and MSc in Restoration Ecology and Public Management.David’s previous roles include Biodiversity Officer and Sustainable Development Manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, where he helped set up the Biodiversity Partnership and manage the funding and delivery of a complete ecological survey of the area. He also worked on ecology and wetland restoration at Scarborough Borough Council.
Dr Dan Roper
Chair, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning GroupDan Roper was born in Hull and after studying medicine in Edinburgh worked as a GP in West Hull for 30 years close to where he grew up. Over time the surgery doubled in size and it was honoured to receive an outstanding CQC rating in 2016.
For 25 years Dan was involved in the Vocational Education of GPs as Trainer and Programme Director. Alongside other roles he served as Medical Officer for Amateur Boxing in Hull from 1987-2014. He was a Clinical Tutor at HYMS from 2003-2016 and since 2013 has been the Chair of the Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, during which time it achieved 2 outstanding ratings and was named CCG of the year in 2017.Dan is the Primary Care Lead for the Humber Coast and Vale Health Care Partnership and Provost of the Humber and Ridings faculty of the RCGP and chairs the St Mary’s Health and Social Care Academy Steering Board. He works with Hull City Council as Deputy Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, collaborating with colleagues across the spectrum to tackle the social determinants of health and on its ‘Fairer Hull ‘agenda. He has a long interest in the use and interpretation of Arts and Culture in the everyday work of General Practitioners and particularly how it can help the Health Care Workers of tomorrow understand and interpret the lived experience of patients.
Garry Taylor
Assistant Director – Major Projects and Place, Hull City CouncilGarry Taylor manages the city’s £400m infrastructure programme, which includes the delivery of all major capital projects including highways improvements and the provision of new and refurbished cultural venues, leisure and retail developments, public spaces, historic parks, schools and other community facilities.
As Invest Hull’s visitor economy lead, he is also responsible for tourism, conferences and events from product development through to place management working in partnership with the Hull Business Improvement District (BID), the Fruit Market LLP and other partners.Garry’s award winning team has established an unrivalled reputation for delivery with successes including the large scale regeneration of the city centre and its cultural venues in the lead up to its year as UK City of Culture 2017 as well as the £450 million Building Schools for the Future programme, which saw every school in the city transformed. The team’s track record has been instrumental in securing pubic funding and private sector interest to kick start future phases of investment from the development of new homes at River Hull Quays, plans to build a cruise terminal for Yorkshire and the creation of the north’s next major heritage attraction, Hull Yorkshire’s Maritime city.
Kenn Taylor
Director, ArtlinkKenn Taylor is the Creative Director of Artlink Hull. He has worked on participatory and socially-engaged arts and heritage projects for nearly fifteen years.
Originally from Merseyside, Kenn has lived in several cities and worked with organisations including FACT, National Museums Liverpool, The Tetley, Metal Culture and Sir John Soane’s Museum. His work as a producer and curator informs his writing on culture, community, participation and the urban environment which has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, New Statesman, Museums Journal and Liverpool University Press.Kenn is a recipient of the Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education and received a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant to research socially-engaged arts practice in Detroit and Chicago in 2016. He has also delivered talks, lectures and workshops in his subject areas for organisations including the University of Leeds, Engage and the Arts Council of Wales.Kenn is currently Vice Chair of Creative Case North, exploring the creative case for diversity in the North of England and was Chair of Cultural Collisions Hull, the strategic group of Hull-based cultural organisations, from 2017–2019.
Ian Thomas
Global Head of Evidence, British CouncilIan Thomas is the current Global Head of Evidence for the Arts at the British Council, leading on the evaluation and research of the British Council’s global arts programmes particularly looking at the evidence base around arts, cultural relations and soft power.
Ian’s recent work includes the evaluation of Creative Europe funding in the UK, exploring a wide range of social, economic and artistic impacts across the funding programme in the UK and also the evaluation programmes such as the UK’s Cultural Protection Fund and the British Council’s international seasons and festivals. Ian has written and presented a number of papers exploring arts and soft power such as the recent Korean Foundation Public Diplomacy Week. Ian is a current Visiting Research Fellow with the Centre of Public Diplomacy at University of Southern California exploring arts, evaluation and soft power.Prior to his work at the British Council, Ian worked for Telford & Wrekin Council in the UK leading the development on a number of cultural and music education programmes. Previously, he worked for Arts Council England. He is a graduate of both the University of Liverpool and the University of Durham and a current Royal Society for the Arts Evidence Champion.
Julia Vogl
ArtistJulia Vogl is American & British with an international practice. She makes social sculpture and installations that are engaging with site and colourfully form community. Her Manifesto that motivates her work: “The art work must respond to site or community; the artwork must involve or engage others, the artwork must employ a strategy of decor.”
Public commissions include work themed on Death (at Bristol Cemetery) Freedom and Immigration (Boston Common, USA) and recently Eczema (with the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene).Julia’s work is primarily focused on lifestyle and what things do we, as humans, share and what makes us distinct. Commissioned by Tate, ITV, Facebook, Hull 2017 City of Culture, Artlink Hull, and most recently Wellcome Trust Neuroimaging Centre. All her works aim to represent the individual that participate as well as the collective, as beautiful installation that fosters a greater conversation. When not making art you can find her writing postcards, baking or directing art workshops for the London Brain Project. More at
Ben Walmsley
Professor of Cultural Engagement, University of LeedsBen Walmsley is Professor of Cultural Engagement in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds. He is Director of the Centre for Cultural Value and of the International Network for Audience Research in the Performing Arts.
Prior to his academic career, Ben managed a small touring theatre company in Edinburgh before working as Operations Manager and then Producer at the National Theatre of Scotland. Between 2010 and 2017, Ben was engaged as an Artistic Assessor for drama for Arts Council England. Since 2014 he has been the Academic Director of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme, which is now one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations. Ben is the Co-Editor of Arts and the Market and has published widely in a number of peer-reviewed journals on arts marketing, arts management, cultural policy and cultural value. His monograph Audience Engagement in the Performing Arts: A critical analysis was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019.
Kai Wooder
Director of Enterprise, The Rank FoundationKai Wooder is part of the executive team at The Rank Foundation and has a remit of proactive engagement with projects and communities. Kai’s focus on Enterprise extends to grants, partnerships and programmes.
Kai also has a leadership role with the Rank network including the annual conference and UK wide planning group. Kai leads on the Rank Aspire Programme, a youth social mobility programme and Rank’s place-based programme in Hull.Kai’s previous roles have been in the youth and community sector and she has also established and led a social enterprise. Kai is a WCMT fellow, a previous tutor with the YMCA George Williams College, an Action Learning Set Facilitator and founder of LGBT youth group ‘Work it Out’ in Merseyside.
Louise Yates
Director, Back to OursBrought upon a mix of the finest working men’s club turns South Leeds had to offer, it’s no wonder Louise Yates took to a career in the arts.
With a degree in Theatre and Music Tech from York and a PGCE from Huddersfield, Louise came to Hull 12 years ago to join Hull Truck Theatre’s education team. Like most visitors, she fell in love with the city and made Hull her home, moving on to manage the regional youth arts organisation Creative Connexions and then on to work for Hull City Council as one of their Arts Development Officers.As Producer for Hull UK City of Culture, her commitment and passion for engaging communities was evident through Back to Ours and Land of Green Ginger. As Director of Back to Ours, it’s now all about cementing those ingredients of mixing the familiar with the unfamiliar, e.g. Putting Black Grape in North Point Shopping Centre for a banging gig, or putting Ockham Razor’s Tipping Point in two school sports halls. Using venues that are comfortable and familiar to people is key, and removes one of the barriers from engaging with cultural events. Louise has placed herself firmly in areas across the city to connect with people and develop conversations that have resulted in a programme of spectacle, sparkle, laughs and brilliant acts in familiar places, right on people’s doorsteps.

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