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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 Frank Finlay, Director
  • Wieke Eringa, Associate Director
  • Nichola Casse, Project Manager
  • Rebecca Milnes, Administrative Support Officer
  • Erica Ramsay, Project Manager
  • Yasmeen Soudani, Information and Communications Assistant

External advisory group

Our external advisory group connects our work to wider agendas and contexts and is made up of senior leaders in higher education, culture and the creative industries. Membership includes:

  • Chair: Godfrey Worsdale, Director, Henry Moore Institute
  • Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England
  • Dan Shah, Director of Research, British Council    
  • Jane Ellison, Freelance Creative Consultant
  • Simon Dancey, Chief Executive, Creative and Cultural Skills
  • Caroline Norbury, Chief Executive, Creative England
  • Alan Bishop, Chief Executive, Creative Industries Federation    

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
  • Yvonne Hardman, Head of Programmes and Collections, Leeds Museums and Galleries
  • Pam Johnson, Head of Culture Programmes, Leeds City Council

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 Institute student opportunities strategy group
  • 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

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