The Culture24 board is comprised of a great mix of professionals. Read on to find out more about them.
Anna Rafferty (Chair) started her career at the start-up poster-child that was lastminute.com, moved to a digital agency (Dowcarter), went on to manage web projects at the V&A and spent over a decade running all things digital – marketing, publishing and innovation – at Penguin Books.
She is currently Director of Product, Creative and Content for Pottermore from J. K. Rowling. In this capacity she oversees creative, editorial, product and technology teams who develop and refine existing product and innovate to meet the needs of Pottermore’s vast global audience.
She’s on the BAFTA Children’s Committee and Young Games Designer steering group, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a member of IADAS, a judge of many awards and at the mercy of two small, bellowing boys.
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.
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 an independent consultant specialising in film and digital arts. 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’s love of culture and business, food and psychoanalysis, classics and cricket led her to a tipping point to recently found The Seeking State: a business that helps clients redefine how to engage with culture in the future. She’s working with the Initiative of Heritage Conservation in Athens to controversially introduce the idea of brand into the world of heritage; the Galway International Arts Festival in Ireland to inspire a team to ‘plane’ and create extraordinary experiences for all and the Manchester Art Gallery to shape an entrepreneurial and creative retail culture.
Her classrooms have been Classics at St Johns Cambridge and a discovery of the joy of footnotes, Christies’ New York and Contemporary Art Theory at the Courtauld Institute. Academia surprisingly led her to be the Product Developer at Tate and a love of Monday morning sales figures. There she was responsible for the strategic direction, creation and production of Tate product, committed to supporting the Tate brand financially and emotionally through the retail experience. Work included copyright machinations for Matisse/ Picasso; planting a forest for Joseph Beuys; collecting rain drops with Olafur Eliasson and getting in trouble for her Agent Provocateur knickers.
Frances was a Director at Jane Wentworth Associates, an international branding consultancy in the cultural and educational sectors. Clients included V&A Dundee, National Museum Sweden, National Museum of Qatar, Glyndebourne, Whitworth Art Gallery and the Open University. Helping to grow the business from 2 on the kitchen table to an international team with offices in Dalston was the ultimate classroom and preparation for The Seeking State.
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.
John Newbigin 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).
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.
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.