Wednesday 29 October, 8.30am-9.30am

Room 0.05, Bute Building, Cardiff University (NB: further info at bottom of agenda)

Chair: Laura Drane

With thanks to Sara Pepper and Cardiff University for support with the meeting space

The purpose of What Next?

BROAD AIM: to find new ways of engaging with our audience and visitors: the ever-expanding millions who value and take part in the cultural work that happens day-in, day-out up and down this country.

GUIDING STAR: to encourage the people of this country, as individuals and as communities, to see connections between the many different ways art and culture affect and enhance our lives; to urge everyone to register their endorsement of – and pleasure in – their art and culture, especially where these are under threat.

WN? Cardiff site (agendas, members, etc):

WN? UK movement website:


Cardiff: or @WNCardiff and #wn2014

UK: and #wn2014

  1. Welcome & introductions


  1. WN? updates

– Co-chair – 12 Nov till 17 Dec

– January event

– Senedd paper

– Any more biogs and pics for WNCdf site

– Communications survey from WN? team –

  1. Speaker – Robin Simpson, CEO, Voluntary Arts

Followed by Q&A/ discussion

Since September 2005 Robin Simpson has been Chief Executive of Voluntary Arts, which provides a universal voice for approximately 63,000 voluntary arts groups, across the UK and Ireland, involving more than 10 million participants in creative cultural activities. Voluntary Arts provides information and advice services, undertakes lobbying and advocacy work and delivers, and supports the delivery of, projects to develop participation in creative cultural activities. Voluntary Arts’ support is particularly focused on those creative citizens who – beyond their own participation and beyond any remuneration – give their time to make such activity more available within their communities (of locality and interest) and to improve the quality and range of those opportunities and activities.

Before joining Voluntary Arts Robin was Deputy Chief Executive of Making Music – the national umbrella body for amateur music making, supporting over 2,000 amateur music groups throughout the UK, including choirs, orchestras, and music promoters. Previously Robin worked as General Manager of The British Federation of Festivals, supporting the volunteer organisers of more than 300 festivals of music, dance and speech & drama across the UK. Robin has substantial experience of working with volunteers having also worked for six years for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, managing a team of over 130 volunteer readers to record academic textbooks onto tape for visually-impaired students.

Robin completed his MBA with the Open University Business School in 2002. He is a member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities Advisory Group, the AHRC Cultural Value Project Advisory Group and the Arts Council England Cultural Commissioning Programme Advisory Group. Robin is a Trustee of the Luminate Festival (Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival), a member of the ACEVO Arts, Culture & Heritage Special Interest Group, an Observer-member of the Arts Development UK National Committee, and a member of the England Volunteering Development Council. He was a Trustee of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations from 2007-08, a member of the NCVO Executive Committee from 2007-08, a member of the NCVO Members’ Assembly from 2008-13 and a member of the ChangeUp Volunteering Hub Scrutiny Committee from 2006-08. Robin has served on committees and boards for several Government Departments including: the Office for Civil Society (Cabinet Office); Department for Culture, Media and Sport; the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

A keen amateur French horn player, Robin is currently a member of the Northampton Symphony Orchestra. Robin is a perennial ballroom dancing student, a frequent theatre-goer, an enthusiastic reader of contemporary fiction, an insatiable consumer of classical and world music and a keen blogger at and

  1. Coming weeks/ nextsix weekblock



LHD to chair till 5 Nov

5 Nov ideas and actions for public engagement


12 Nov local and national angle – Michelle

19 Nov local and national angle

26 Nov local and national angle

3 Dec local and national angle – Michelle

10 Dec local and national angle, leading to public engagement (and 14 Jan planning/ prep) – Michelle

17 Dec ideas and actions for public engagement and (14 Jan planning/ prep)

Xmas/ NY break

7 Jan – final 14 Jan planning/ prep

14 Jan – national WN? day linking with other chapters

21 Jan – standalone session; week after starting new six week block

  1. AOB

Information on venue:

This will be our new regular space until the end of the year.

The room is to the left and down the stairs when you walk into the building.

There is bike parking next to the building and car parking (paid for) in front of the building. Bus stop also opposite Bute Building.

Refreshments won’t be provided, but there is a coffee shop as well as food and drink machines in the foyer.

More info re: access, transport, catering and coffee facilities etc here:

Many thanks to Sara Pepper and Cardiff University for this support.


ArtFreedomWales event at Chapter, 27 Nov:

WG Early Years consultation: