The Culture24 board is comprised of a great mix of professionals. Read on to find out more about them. 

John Newbigin (Chairman) is a strategic consultant for the cultural industries. He is Chair of Creative England, and was previously Chair of the RSA network Screen England.  Prior to that he was Head of Corporate Relations at Channel 4 Television and a special advisor to Chris Smith MP when he was Secretary of State for Culture.

He joined Channel 4 in January 2000 and previous jobs also include working for David Puttnam’s film company Enigma (1992-97) and as a Policy Advisor to Neil Kinnock (1986-92).



Adam Gee is Commissioning Editor – Cross-platform (Factual) at Channel 4 and is one of the most experienced commissioners in UK broadcasting of multiplatform interactive projects.

His productions have won over 50 international awards including a BAFTA, two RTS Awards, a Media Guardian Innovation Award, a Design Council Millennium Award and the Grand Award at the New York International Film & TV Festival. Adam has served on the Interactive and Television Committees of BAFTA, and is a voting member of the European Film Academy.



Michael Bedingfield is Director of Sales and Marketing for the Royal Automobile Club.  He joined from the tourism industry, being Chief Executive of Tourism South East and previously, Marketing Director for VisitBritain, responsible for marketing Britain internationally, attracting over 32 million visitors each year.

Prior to VisitBritain he was Head of Brand Marketing at P&O Cruises and has held senior marketing posts in the travel and industry with Avis Europe and Thomas Cook.

Michael is passionate about culture, becoming a Trustee of the Brighton Dome and Festival in 2007.



Rowena Loverance is a freelance writer and e-learning consultant. Previously head of e-learning at The British Museum, she has been involved in digital media since the early 1990s, when she made the museum’s very first CD-ROM, and she created the museum’s extensive series of children’s websites on the ancient world,

She currently writes for the National Museums Online Learning Project. Apart from the day job, she is a specialist in Byzantine sculpture, and she has written several books on the relationship between religion and the visual arts.



Tom O’Leary is currently Head of Education at the UK Parliament where he leads a rapidly expanding programme to engage young people with the work of Parliament. Before this Tom worked at The National Archives for 10 years in a number of roles, finishing as Head of Online Services and Education. This involved overseeing the web site, education, digitisation, outreach and museum functions.

During his time at the archives he led the development of the award winning education website, The Learning Curve. Prior to joining The National Archives, Tom taught history to 11 to 18 year olds in the state sector for four years. Tom is also on the board of trustees for the RAF Museum, The E-Learning Group for Museums Libraries and Archives and serves as a school community governor. Tom has degree in History and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education.



Eddie Berg is Director of Partnerships at the British Film Institute. He led the successful £8m expansion of the National Film Theatre into BFI Southbank and is responsible for the creative leadership and business management of the venue.

Prior to this he was founder and Chief Executive of FACT (the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool. FACT is now Britain’s leading centre for digital arts and film. Eddie has curated and organised a wide range of exhibitions, screenings and events across the world and has lectured extensively and served on juries and panels at film, art, media, government and corporate events, and festivals internationally.

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.



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.



Matt Locke is the founder of Storythings,  a company established to experiment with new ways of telling stories. Prior to this he was Head of Multiplatform Commissioning at Channel 4 where he was responsible for running the Multiplatform Commissioning team with a £7m budget for multi-platform projects around some of Channel 4′s biggest brands, including Million Pound Drop, Skins, Misfits, Embarrassing Bodies and Big Brother.

From 2001-2007, Matt Locke was Head of Innovation for BBC New Media, where he ran a team responsible for developing internal and external innovation projects with the BBC’s content commissioning teams. He was one of the creators of the BBC’s Creative Archive project, and co-founded BBC Backstage and the BBC’s Innovation Labs.

Matt is a regular speaker at industry events and regularly writes for a number of publications and blogs, including Wired UK. He is on the Advisory Boards of the National Media MuseumThe Edinburgh International TV FestivalThe Children’s Media Conference and The Brighton Photo Biennial. He also sits on the BAFTA Children’s Committee and the BAFTA Learning & Events Committee.



Anna Rafferty is responsible for Penguin Books’ UK’s award-winning ecommerce and community websites, digital marketing, social media and digital publishing.  This includes websites such as,,, and as well as Penguin’s eBooks, apps (like Moshi Monsters, MyFry, Peter Rabbit and more), games, interactive reading and all sorts of other, new, imaginative story-telling tools.

She is also on the BAFTA Children’s Committee, involved in the content and presentation of the annual British Academy Children’s Awards, a Lovie and Revolution Awards judge and a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.