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I think I’m a Producer. I’ve been working in the arts and cultural sector for over 10 years, generally I support artists to make work and audiences to see it. I’m also strident, passionate and an aspiring professional troublemaker.

Pick a show, book, film, exhibition, album, etc has changed your life and tell us about it

Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy, is an amazing book that I read as a teenager. It had an overwhelming power and effect on me at that time in my life.

What’s your ambition for the arts and culture? And how do you think WN? is going to help achieve that?

I think I have always been drawn to arts and culture because of the power it has to shine a light on the human condition. To make us think about the type of world we want to live in. For me empathy is hugely undervalued in society and the strength of the arts is that it can tell stories, express emotions and communicate ideas in new and powerful ways. My ambition is that we as a society, local, national and global recognise the importance and value of this so that future generations can experience a world as rich and vibrant as the one we have.

What Next? Is one of many movements that aims to articulate and strengthen the role of art and culture in society. I think the real strength of What Next? is in it’s focus on engagement with people and the desire to broaden the conversation.

How would you describe a WN? meeting to someone to encourage them to attend? 

What’s Next? Is a great collection of interesting and diverse people who all want to make a difference. What more could you want?