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The Cultural Institute team manage our programme of activities, as well as offering brokerage and facilitation between staff and students at the University and the creative industries.

The team comprises:

  • Professor Ben Walmsley, Dean of Cultural Engagement
  • Wieke Eringa, Director
  • Nichola Casse, Project Manager
  • Rebecca Milnes, Administrative Support Officer
  • Erica Ramsay, Lead Producer
  • Emma Ratyal-Brooks, Creative Producer
  • Jo Nockels, Creative Producer
  • Yasmeen Soudani, Communications Officer

Steering group and committees

Our internal steering group is drawn from academic and professional staff at the University, as well as representatives from our strategic partners. The steering group shapes the strategic direction of the Institute, ensuring it provides value to both our university community and the wider creative sector.

Internal members:

External members:

  • Dominic Gray, Projects Director, Opera North
  • Pam Johnson, Head of Culture Programmes, Leeds City Council
  • Khadijah Ibrahiim, literary activist, theatre maker and writer
  • Herfa Thompson, artist

In addition to the Cultural Institute steering group, we also have committees to advise on particular aspects of the Cultural Institute’s work. These groups have representation from a broad range of different faculties and services within the institution, ensuring our work is strategically aligned and connected across the institution.

  • Cultural Advisory Board, made up of 12 students across the University
  • Cultural Institute cultural engagement strategy group
  • Culture on campus group

Contact us

If you are an individual or organisation wishing to work directly with the Cultural Institute, please contact us at:


Cultural Institute
Clothworkers’ Building South
University of Leeds

Email the Cultural Institute at

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