My role: As Chief Executive I am responsible for the overall leadership, development and direction of Culture24. I spend a lot of my time dealing with policy and strategy issues both for the cultural sector as a whole and Culture24 as a business. I lead our Let’s Get Real action research and VanGoYourself.com. I am often invited to write and speak about my work at conferences around the world and in the UK.
My background: I have a cross-disciplinary degree and studied art, film, video and music. Before Culture24, I ran an arts organisation for 10 years called Lighthouse in Brighton, was involved in bringing together the first media centre in Brighton and was part of the councils successful bid for city status. While I was there the web was born and changed the way we did everything. Before Lighthouse I worked as a film-maker, producer and editor. Before that I used to make a lot of Super 8 films, writing poetry and play in a band. I blog about my thoughts on digital, culture and learning at www.janefinnis.co.uk
My inspiration: I try and keep track of what is happening in the online world – commercially and creatively and I get inspired by things that make me think differently, feel more connected or make me laugh. I don’t like bureaucracy and believe that you should never be afraid to admit if you are wrong (it’s only when you won’t admit it that you are really in trouble). I seem to be continuously interested in the gaps and overlaps between different areas of practice and the ways in which technology can completely change the way we think, play or do things.
If I am in another city I always visit a museum or gallery and find a café to sit in. I spend my downtime with my two kids and my husband and I love the Mediterranean sun, Japanese food and actual newspapers printed on paper. I am a big fan of enjoying life.