THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Victoria is the Director of the Cultural and Wellbeing Alliance, the organisation which acts as Secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. Victoria has a background as a composer, researcher and project manager specialising in culture, health and wellbeing, and was an arts manager for the NHS for 15 years. From 2010-2013 she was chair of London Arts in Health Forum and was the founding chair for the National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing in 2012. She is also a Research Associate in the medical humanities at WiSER (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg), helping to support the Medical & Health Humanities Africa Network.
Alan Lane is Artistic Director of Slung Low directing most of their work over the last decade including projects with the Barbican, the RSC, The Almeida, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman, Sheffield Theatres, Singapore Arts Festival and the Lowry. Slung Low make large scale people’s theatre work on stages, trains, castles, swimming pools, fishing boats and town centres. In 2017 Slung Low headlined Hull UK City of Culture 2017 with Flood by James Phillips: a 4 Part epic performed online, live and on the BBC. Over half a million people saw a part of Flood. It won a Royal Televisual Award Yorkshire for innovation in drama. Alan has directed in places as wide ranging as the National Theatre of Croatia, a sari shop in Manchester, Buckingham Palace and in a village in Purulia, Southern India.
He was the Artistic Director for the National Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 2016: a ceremony with a people’s theatre company of 450. In 2018 Slung Low, with support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, will open a new Cultural Community College in Leeds offering a full range of cultural lessons in activities from South Indian Cooking to Blacksmything, star gazing to documentary film making and much in between. In 2019 Slung Low took over management of the oldest working men’s club in Britain, The Holbeck in South Leeds: they run this venue as a Pay What You Decide creative and community space.
Lucy is based at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University and is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society at Monash University. She is key member of the Manchester Institute for Art, Health and Social Change. Lucy is also Co-Investigator on the D4D project (an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project on disability and community from arts based/qualitative perspectives) and a Consultant on the Arts Council England project on transforming leadership in the arts, working with Access All Areas.
Dr. Lucy Burke
Andrew is Head of Communications at the Museum of London and a Clore Leadership Fellow. Andrew is a member of the Museum of London’s Executive Board. Andrew also leads the marketing workstream for the Culture Mile partnership and manages a dedicated team. Beyond his marketing and communications responsibilities, Andrew has a central role in Culture Mile’s annual Smithfield Street Party festival and was part of the team which delivered the GLA’s Punk London celebrations in 2016. Andrew serves as a trustee of Theatre Centre, a touring theatre company for schools and young people. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Prior to the Museum of London, Andrew worked at the Science Museum and Habitat as well as two global communications consultancies. In 2012, Andrew was listed as one of PR Week magazine’s young industry leaders.
Holly is the Director of Rural Touring Forum. Holly has worked in creative industries at a senior level since 2001. She founded the Brighton Fringe in 2004, managing it to become the 3rd largest Arts Fringe Festival in the world. She was a senior manager at the Edinburgh Fringe Society and Director of an Edinburgh Fringe venue. Known for working within some of the UK’s largest international Festivals. In 2007 pooled her knowledge of the cultural sector to found World Fringe Network, which links nearly 300 Fringe Festivals across the globe. As well as this she lectured at Universities on event & business management. Was an assessor for the Arts Council England, where she assessed the NRTF and has been an Executive Trustee of the British Arts Festival Association for 8 years. More recently she was the Project Director for Wooden O Theatres and left her position as the Artistic Director of Fusion Arts Oxford to join the NRTF.
Dr Steve Ball, is Associate Director at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre where he leads on learning and participation. He trained as a teacher and taught in Essex and Barcelona before training as an actor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. He worked for a number of children's theatre and theatre in education companies and moved to Birmingham in 1986 where he founded The Play House, one of the region's leading educational theatre companies. He has also been employed as a writer and producer for BBC Education, lectured at universities in the US and Australia and was Head of Arts for Birmingham City Council from 2001 to 2003. Steve has contributed to a number of journals and books, has an MA in Arts Management in Education and a doctorate in Theatre in Health Education. He was a co-founder and the inaugural chair of Birmingham Pride Community Trust (now Birmingham LGBT) and initiated the first SHOUT Festival of Queer Art. Steve was the National Participation Co-ordinator for the award winning We Are Here Because We Are Here project with artist Jeremy Deller and the National Theatre. He has co-produced four Bedlam Arts and Mental Health festivals and was Executive Producer of both ON THE EDGE, the ASSITEJ World Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences, held in Birmingham in July 2016 and For/With/By the European Youth Theatre Festival held in Birmingham in July 2019. Steve sits on Birmingham Creates, the city’s Cultural Education Partnership, is chair of Rockwood Academy Local Governing Body and chairs two national associations, the Theatre Education Forum and the Drama, Theatre and Education Alliance.
Dr. Steve Ball
Julie served as Member of the European Parliament for the North West of England in the 2014-19 legislature. Julie was the Vice President of the Culture and Education Committee, sat on the Regional Development (REGI) Committee, and the Committee on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights (FEMM). Julie was instrumental in the passing of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and authored the Ward Report on 'the role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values'. Julie previously had a long career in the cultural sector, working with marginalised communities using arts as a tool for well-being, empowerment and social change.
Julie Ward MEP
Neta Spiro is Research Fellow in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music and an honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London. Neta’s background is in music (BMus, Oxford University), cognitive science (MSc, Edinburgh University), and music psychology (PhD, Amsterdam University). She was previously Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, and at the New School for Social Research, New York, and Head of Research at Nordoff Robbins, London. Neta taught at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, where she continues as an honorary member.
Leah Hamilton is an instructor, researcher, and consultant specialising in arts emergency management. Her research and teaching methods have been featured by Americans for the Arts, the Arts Management Network, and at international academic conferences including Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts, ENCATC Congress, and the Association for Arts Administration Educators. Her thesis, Arts Facility Emergency Preparedness in the State of Missouri, was awarded the Top Thesis Award and Academic Excellence Award by Drexel University (Philadelphia, USA) in 2016. She currently teaches arts emergency management for the University of Kentucky Department of Arts Administration and resides in Germany with her opera-singing husband.
Trevor is currently working with the Shadow Business and Consumer Affairs Minister and was most recently the policy advisor on Angela Rayner's successful Labour Party Deputy Leadership campaign. Trevor is also the Senior Researcher on the 'Labour Together' report into the 2019 general election, due for publication in 2020. He served as Head of Office to the Vice President of the Culture and Education Committee at the European Parliament until the UK left the European Union in January 2020. Before working in politics, Trevor was an award-winning theatre director and producer working with some of the UK's foremost institutions and deploying creative methodology in new environments.