The Culture24 board is comprised of a great mix of professionals. Read on to find out more about them.
Anna Rafferty (Chair) is the Global Director of Digital Marketing at BBC Worldwide, in which she sets the BBC commercial and international arm’s overarching digital plans for major marketing launches, its branded services such as BBC Brit, BBC Earth and BBC First, as well as world-renowned brand franchises like Top Gear and Doctor Who. She is tasked with developing the BBC’s direct-to-consumer offerings, editorially leading the company’s short-form and social content production unit BBC Worldwide Digital Studios, and driving the corporation’s reputation in the marketplace for digital innovation.
She joined BBC Worldwide from Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s digital publishing, e-commerce, entertainment and news company which is the digital heart of Rowling’s Wizarding World, where she was the Director of Product, Content and Creative.
Prior to Pottermore – Rafferty spent 11 years at Penguin Books where she was MD for its Digital Division and became the youngest member of the company’s UK management board. She worked with major talent and IP including Roald Dahl, Jamie Oliver, Stephen Fry, Penguin Classics, John le Carré, Malcolm Gladwell, Zadie Smith, The Snowman and Beatrix Potter amongst many others.
Andrew Dewdney was the Principal Investigator on the Tate Encounters project, and is Chair of the Board for both DA2, (Digital Arts Development Agency) and Southwark Theatres Education Project – an independent art trust which connects young people to the power of theatre. He is a member of the South Bank Cultural Quarters Directors’ Group.
Originally trained as a fine art painter, in the 1960s Andrew went on to become involved in the Sociology of Art and Cultural Studies and was a founder member of the Department of Cultural Studies at the Cockpit Arts Workshop. He is interested in, and concerned with, the concept and practical utility of critical reflexivity and really useful knowledge in the service of progressive cultural change. He is also working on a research collaboration with The Photographer’s Gallery London on the development of programming Digital photography on screen based media.
Eddie Berg is the Chief Executive of Rich Mix, east London’s independent arts centre From 2005 -2014 he worked at the BFI, firstly as Director of BFI Southbank (leading the transformation of the venue) and then as Director of Partnerships where he was responsible for leading the BFI’s lottery investment in film exhibition, education and skills across the UK. Eddie is also the Founder and former Director of the £11m FACT Centre in Liverpool which opened to popular and critical acclaim in 2003.
He was part of the curatorial team for the 2002 Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art; a judge for the 2004 Paul Hamlyn Awards for Artists; was a member of the Alexander Korda Jury for the Best British Film at the 2006 BAFTA’s and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Frances Croxford is the Founder of The Seeking State: a consultancy that helps organisations unleash their curiosity to propel them towards their ambitions and realise their seeking state. With over 20 years’ in the cultural, heritage and education sectors, she has experience in brand, communications and retail to ultimately help organisations have more impact and make them more effective and sustainable in the long term.
She spent 10 years as the Product Developer at Tate Enterprises translating the brand into financial and emotional benefit for Tate and 10 years as Managing Director of an International Branding Consultancy, where clients included V&A Dundee, National Museum Sweden, National Museum of Qatar, Glyndebourne, Whitworth Art Gallery and the Open University.
Hasan Bakhshi is Director, Creative Industries in Nesta’s Policy & Research Unit, where he leads NESTA’s creative industries and digital policy and research.
Prior to Nesta, Hasan worked as Executive Director and Senior International Economist at Lehman Brothers, and as Deputy Chief Economist at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has eight years’ experience as an economist at the Bank of England. Hasan has published widely in academic journals and policy publications on topics ranging from technological progress and economic growth to the economics of the creative and cultural sector.
He has also consulted for a number of organisations, including the European Commission, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the British Film Institute. Hasan has a BA in Economics from Cambridge and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.
Janita Bagshawe has over thirty years’ experience in the museum sector, much of it gained at the Royal Pavilion and Museums where, prior to becoming Director, she held a number of senior management positions. Her introduction to museums was through voluntary work for the National Trust and Norfolk Museum Services. She went on to have posts in museum education and teaching in Norfolk, Swindon and Brighton. She now sits on the NMDC, as Brighton Museums have Major Partner Museum status with Arts Council England.
Lianre Robinson is on the board of Livity, a youth engagement agency which specialises in involving the target audience in campaign, content and creative development, often explicitly rewarding them with training and development opportunities. The company works with the private sector, including brands like Google, Barclays, Coca-Cola, BBC, Penguin and C4, as well as not-for-profit orgs like the NSPCC, The Big Lottery Fund, Public Health England and Cancer Research.
One of her largest projects at the moment is SomeWhereTo, focussed on giving young people access to space particularly for arts and cultural expression. She has worked for other marketing and events agencies, specialising in stunts and large-scale events including Jack Morton, Cunning Stunts, Iris and Exposure.
Owen Valentine Pringle is a senior digital strategist with over 20 years of experience across cultural, media and NGO sectors, having been the functional lead for digital at ITN, Sky, Southbank Centre and Amnesty International.
Owen is the Founder / Director of Therein, an independent consultancy practice specialising in digital business transformation and organisational change. He also serves on advisory panels for Business in the Community and the events arm of Daily Mail & General Trust, is a Faculty Member of the V&A’s Innovative Leadership Programme and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Rob Yates has worked in fundraising for more than 15 years. He previously worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Royal Pavilion & Museums in Brighton, where he helped establish a successful fundraising programme for the historic royal palace and the city’s fine museums. He is currently Head of Development with a national music charity, Music for Youth.
He spent 4 years working in Tanzania and Guyana with Voluntary Service Overseas, managing projects and development programmes. Rob lives in Sussex and enjoys walking on the South Downs and growing stuff on his allotment. He’s also a big fan of Jazz and is learning the piano in the hope that one day he can play at a railway station near you.
Wolfgang Wild is the creator of Retronaut, a brand that shows “the past like you wouldn’t believe”. In 2014, Wild licensed Retronaut to Mashable and National Geographic published the first Retronaut book – two further books will be published in 2016.
Number 20 on the Times of London’s list of the “50 people you should follow on Twitter”, he worked across the museum and archive world for the better part of a decade. He is guest curator for a range of digital and physical museums, and lives near Oxford, England, with his wife, Annie, and two children.