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Circle of Cultural Fellows

Circle of Cultural Fellows

The Circle of Cultural Fellows is a group of exceptional individuals who support the university in its ambition to ensure that arts and culture enhance the King's experience for academics and students. They help to ensure that King's – and the knowledge generated here – has impact beyond the university.

Many of the Fellows have been central to the success of the university's cultural strategy over the last three years and each of them is uniquely positioned to share first-hand their invaluable experience of arts, culture and cultural policy with the King's community.

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The Fellows are listed in alphabetical order below. Click on a name to expand the box and read each Fellow's biography.

Nick Allott OBE – Managing Director, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd

Nicholas AllottNick Allott joined Cameron Mackintosh Ltd in 1981 as Executive Producer for Cats and subsequently Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Oliver!, Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady. He is also the executive producer of the feature film of Les Misérables and both the bestselling Concert DVDs from the O2 and Royal Albert Hall and the recent 25th Anniversary of Miss Saigon.  Since 2000, he has been Managing Director of the Company. For thirteen years he has been Chairman of the Soho Theatre & Writers Centre, is on the board of the Oxford School of Drama and is also a Trustee of the iconic Roundhouse in Camden. He was a board member for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, is a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Strategy Group and the Advisory Board for the Creative Industries Federation. In 2013 he was appointed as one of the Prime Minister’s UK Business Ambassadors. He was awarded an OBE for services to theatre and charity by the Queen in the 2014 New Year’s Honours.

Jim Al-Khalili OBE – Scientist, author, broadcaster

Jim Al-KahaliliJim Al-Khalili OBE is a professor of physics at the University of Surrey where he currently teaches and conducts research in nuclear physics and quantum mechanics. He has held a chair in Public Engagement in Science since 2005. He received his PhD in nuclear reaction theory in 1989 from Surrey before working as an SERC Postdoctoral Fellow at UCL. He returned to Surrey and was awarded a five-year EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship in 1994 before being appointed as a permanent member of staff in 1999. Jim is a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and received an OBE in 2007 for ‘services to science’. 

Jim is an active science communicator and has written a number of popular science and history of science books, between them translated into over twenty languages. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries and for the past four years has presented the award-winning weekly BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific

Bill Bush – Executive Director, Premier League

Bill BushBill Bush has extensive experience in policy, communications, media, culture and sport. He worked as Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister (1999-2001) and to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (2001-2005) and was Head of Research for BBC News until 1999.

In 2005 Bill joined the Premier League as Director of Policy. In his current role, as Executive Director, Bill’s responsibilities include intellectual property, public policy, relations with government and EU, relations with fans and consumers, communications and the Premier League's community programme.

Hilary Carty – Arts and culture consultant

Hilary CartyHilary Carty has a longstanding relationship with King’s, working with the university over the last three years as a Sector Associate to the Cultural Institute and, in spring 2017, was appointed as Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Management & Business. Hilary has led on a range of projects including the Cultural Space Programme and the Leading culture in the 21st century executive learning programme. 

Hilary is an experienced consultant, facilitator and coach specialising in leadership development, management and organisational change.

Prior to working independently, Hilary was the Director of the Cultural Leadership Programme – a £22m government investment in excellence in leadership within the UK cultural and creative industries. Hilary has held senior level roles in the arts, cultural and creative industries including Director, London (Arts) at Arts Council England; Director, Culture and Education at London 2012; and Director of Dance for Arts Council England. Hilary holds an MBA from the University of Westminster, is a qualified coach with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is a qualified Organisation Development Practitioner with the NTL Institute, UK. She is also a Visiting Professor at Kufstein University of Applied Sciences, Austria.

Gus Casely-Hayford – Art historian, writer, broadcaster

Gus Casely-HayfordGus Casely-Hayford is an art historian who writes and broadcasts widely on African culture. Former Executive Director of Arts Strategy, Arts Council England, and Ex-Director of the Institute of International Visual Art, Gus has offered leadership to some of the most high profile arts organisations in Britain. He has advised the United Nations and the Canadian, Dutch and Norwegian Arts Councils and the Tate Gallery. He initiated and became the Director of Africa 05, the largest African arts season ever hosted in Britain, when over 150 venues collaborated to host more than 1000 events. He is currently a Research Associate at the School of African Studies, a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, has curated an exhibition on West African intellectual traditions for the British Library and is working toward an exhibition for the National Portrait Gallery that will tell the story of the Abolition of slavery through portraiture. Gus Casely-Hayford has worked with King’s College London over the last three years as a Sector Associate to the Cultural Institute.

Martin Green – Chief Executive and Director, Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Martin GreenMartin Green has earned an international reputation for delivering world class, large-scale events. As Head of Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, he oversaw the delivery of the Torch Relays and Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Games. He recruited Danny Boyle and other artistic directors and hand-picked the artists, production and back-of-house teams that showcased the best of British culture on a global stage. Prior to taking up his latest post as Chief Executive of Hull’s Culture Company, Martin masterminded the opening ceremony of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ. As Executive Producer he worked alongside Welcome to Yorkshire to create an occasion that promoted the beauty and character of Yorkshire to audiences around the world. In 2007, Martin programmed and opened The O2 venue – formerly the Millennium Dome – in London. Before that, as Head of Events for then Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, he produced more than 60 events each year for audiences of more than 350,000, including the City’s New Year’s Eve celebrations and community festivals.

Rob Greig – Director, Parliamentary Digital Service

Rob GriegAs Director of the Parliamentary Digital Service Rob Greig’s role is to develop and implement a digital strategy that enables citizens to access their Parliament in new and meaningful ways. Prior to joining Parliament in March 2015, Rob Greig was the Chief Technology Officer of the Royal Opera House (ROH), a role that covered technology, digital media initiatives and digital development. He developed the ROH technology and digital strategies, and guided the organisation through a period of transformation in the way in which the ROH uses technology. Rob is a Chartered IT professional and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

During his career he has worked on seven large-scale arts and sports capital projects within the UK non-profit sector, working with a broad range of technologies, and led the redevelopment of the ROH digital offering, including global digital collaborations. He has board-level experience beyond technology as the Operations Director for Leicester Theatre Trust and has held non-executive director roles in the UK and internationally, he is currently a trustee of Engage, the National Gallery education organization.

Rob Greig has worked closely with King’s College London over the last three years, helping the Cultural Institute to establish the annual Cultural Challenge and teaching on the Experience Module of the MA in Arts & Cultural Management from the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries.

Professor John Holden – writer, speaker, and cultural commentator

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Professor John Holden is a Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds, an Honorary Professor of Hong Kong University and an Associate at the think-tank Demos. He is the author of many works, including The Ecology of Culture, Publicly Funded Culture and the Creative Industries, Influence and Attraction and Democratic Culture, and is co-author of Cultural Diplomacy and The Cultural Leadership Handbook. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds, an Honorary Professor of Hong Kong University and an Associate at the think-tank Demos. He is a regular keynote speaker in the UK, the rest of Europe, North America, Asia, and Australasia, and also acts as an advisor to large cultural organisations, agencies and governments. He is a Trustee of the Clore Leadership Programme and of The Hepworth Wakefield, and has served on various committees including at the Royal Opera House, the Design Museum and the AHRC.

Sue Hoyle OBE – Director, Clore Leadership Programme

Sue HoyleSue Hoyle, OBE has been Director of the Clore Leadership Programme since 2008, having previously held the position of Deputy Director since the programme’s creation in 2003. Over the last 12 years, the Clore Programme has awarded over 300 Fellowships in cultural leadership and run residential courses for more than 1,300 experienced and emerging leaders in the UK and Hong Kong, as well as a governance development programme for board members and senior executives.

Sue’s early career included managing a touring dance company, setting up the education department of English National Ballet and teaching English at the Université de Paris at Nanterre. Sue was Director of Dance and subsequently Deputy Secretary General for Arts Council England, where she had responsibility for national arts strategies, policy, research and planning. She has been Head of Arts for the British Council in France and Executive Director of The Place centre for contemporary dance, where she led a capital development and change programme.

Sue is co-author of a comparative study on funding for culture in France and Britain. In 2010, she was made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques for her contribution to French culture. She was formerly a Trustee of the British Council and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and chaired the Boards of DV8 Physical Theatre and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. She is Programme Adviser to the Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme at Hong Kong University and an Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University.

The Right Honourable the Baroness Jowell DBE PC

Tessa JowellRt Hon Professor Tessa Jowell, the Baroness Jowell DBE PC, was a Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, where she is also an expert adviser to the Ministerial Programme. 

Baroness Jowell served as a Member of Parliament for 23 years, including 13 years as a Minister in the last Labour Government, eight in the Cabinet.  Baroness Jowell led the setting up of OFCOM, the foundation of Sure Start and was in charge of London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games. 

Baroness Jowell is a Professor in Practice at LSE, is a non-executive director of The Economist Group, is a non-executive chairman of the Chime Specialist Group, co-chairs the Gatwick Growth Board, chairs the Legacy Board for 2017 World Athletic Championships, chairs the City Safe Foundation, and is a Mentor for Mentore Consulting.

Anthony Lilley OBE – CEO, Magic Lantern Productions

Anthony LilleyAnthony Lilley OBE is currently Interim CEO and Creative Director of The Space. In his continuing role as CEO of Magic Lantern Productions, he has BAFTA, RTS, Peabody and several other awards to his name. His credits include FourDocs for C4, Bugbears, Dr Who, Top Gear and many others for the BBC, and web, mobile, TV and strategy projects for other clients as diverse as UK Film Council, Google, Arts Council England, Into Film, CCTV (Beijing), Donmar Warehouse and English National Opera, where he executive produced ENO Screen and was also a board member 2007-14.  

Anthony chaired Lighthouse, Brighton’s digital culture agency, 2007-15. Anthony holds Professorships at the Universities of Ulster and Bournemouth, is a Gambling and National Lottery Commissioner and sits on the Arts & Humanities Research Council. He is a former new media columnist of the Guardian and was awarded an OBE in 2008. Anthony has worked closely with King’s College London over the last three years as a Sector Associate for the Cultural Institute.

Joanna MacGregor OBE – Concert pianist; curator and composer; Professor, Royal Academy of Music

Joanna MacGregorOne of the world’s most innovative and creative pianists, Joanna MacGregor OBE is currently Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School and Festival. In 2015-2016 she is Visiting Musician at Oriel College, Oxford. She was Artistic Director of Bath International Music Festival until 2012, curator of the 2010 multi-arts Deloitte Ignite Festival at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and curator of Aventures, the 2012-2013 orchestral series at Luxembourg Philharmonie. As a solo artist Joanna has performed in over seventy countries and worked with many eminent conductors and orchestras. Joanna was the subject of a South Bank Show on ITV and her performances are regularly broadcast on both television and radio, including the Last Night of the Proms. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2012 Jubilee Honours, and in September 2013 was appointed a Professor of the University of London at the Royal Academy of Music.

Wayne McGregor CBE – Choreographer and Director, Studio Wayne McGregor

Wayne McGregorWayne McGregor CBE is a multi-award-winning British choreographer and director. He is Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor, the creative engine of his life-long choreographic enquiry into thinking through and with the body. Studio Wayne McGregor encompasses Company Wayne McGregor, his own touring company of dancers; creative collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science; and highly specialized Creative Learning and Research programmes. Studio Wayne McGregor will move into its own newly created studio spaces at Here East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2016.

McGregor is also Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet, where his productions are acclaimed for their daring reconfiguring of classical language. He is Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Plymouth University. 

McGregor is regularly commissioned by and has works in the repertories of the most important ballet companies around the world, including Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. He has choreographed for theatre, opera, film (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Warner Brothers’ forthcoming Tarzan), music videos (Radiohead), fashion (Gareth Pugh at New York Fashion Week, 2014), TV (Paloma Faith’s Brit Awards performance, 2015), and site specific performances (Big Dance Trafalgar Square, 2012). McGregor's work has earned him three Critics' Circle Awards, two Time Out Awards, two South Bank Show Awards, two Olivier Awards, a prix Benois de la Danse and a Critics’ Prize at the Golden Mask Awards. In 2011 McGregor was awarded a CBE for Services to Dance. 

Most recently he premiered Tree of Codes for Company Wayne McGregor, Woolf Works for The Royal Ballet, Kairos for Zurich Ballet, and presented Thinking with the Body at Wellcome Collection, an exhibition exploring his collaborative enquiry into choreographic thinking.

Studio Wayne McGregor is one of eight partner organisations delivering the Experience Module of the MA in Arts & Cultural Management at King’s Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries.

Sir Jonathan Mills AO – Composer and Festival Director, Edinburgh College of Art

Jonathan MillsSir Jonathan Mills AO is a prominent Australian-born composer and festival director, who resides in the UK. In the 1990s he worked in the Architecture Faculty of RMIT University in Melbourne, leading courses in acoustic design. He is the composer of several award-winning operas and works for chamber ensemble and orchestra. His opera Eternity Man was recognised by a Genesis Foundation commission in 2003 and his oratorio Sandakan Threnody won the Prix Italia in 2005. He has been director of various festivals in the Blue Mountains (near Sydney), Brisbane, Melbourne and Edinburgh, where he was the director of the Edinburgh International Festival between 2007 and 2014. He is currently Programme Director of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, a UNESCO-recognised biennial meeting held in conjunction with Edinburgh’s summer festivals; Artistic Curator of the Lincoln Center Global Exchange, New York; Artistic Adviser to English National Opera; Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh; and Vice-Chancellor’s (Professorial) Fellow at the University of Melbourne. His work has been recognised by awards from the governments of Australia, Britain, France, Poland and South Korea.

Katie Mitchell OBE – Theatre Director

Katie Mitchell OBE has been an Associate Director at the RSC, National Theatre and Royal Court Theatre. She was awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to Drama. Recent theatre includes: Reisende auf einem Bein (Schuspielhaus, Hamburg); Happy Days (Schauspielhaus, Hamburg); Brandstichter Festival: a remounting of five previous productions of Katie’s work (Stadschouwburg, Amsterdam); 2071 (Royal Court); The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic); The Forbidden Zone (Salzburg Festival & Schaubühne, Berlin); A Sorrow Beyond Dreams (Vienna Burgtheater); Lungs, The Yellow Wallpaper (Schaubühne, Berlin); Everything Else You Know from the Movies (Schauspielhaus, Hamburg); Say it with Flowers, The Trial of Ubu (Hampstead Theatre); Night Train (Schauspiel, Cologne & Avignon Festival & Theater Treffen), Ten Billion (Royal Court & Avignon Festival); Rings of Saturn, Waves (Schauspiel, Cologne); and Hansel & Gretel, A Woman Killed with Kindness (National Theatre). Recent opera includes: Alcina (Aix en Provence Festival); The Way Back Home (ENO/Young Vic); Trauernacht, The House Taken Over (Aix en Provence Festival); Le Vin Herbe (Staatsoper, Berlin); Written on Skin (Aix en Provence Festival & Royal Opera House); Al Gran Sole Carico D’Amore (Staatsoper, Berlin & Salzburg Festival); Orest (De Nederlandse Opera); Clemency (Royal Opera House). Film and television includes: The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, Jenufa, Rough for Theatre 2 and The Turn of the Screw.

Lord Puttnam CBE – Film producer and educator

David PuttnamDavid Puttnam CBE spent 30 years as an independent producer, creating award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle. His films have won ten Oscars, 25 Baftas and the Palme D'Or at Cannes. Alongside this, he has held key strategic positions in global and UK arts organisations, among them Chairman and CEO of Columbia Pictures, Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA), Deputy Chairman of Channel 4 Television, Deputy Chair of the Sage Gateshead and Founding Chair of Nesta.

Since retiring from film production in 1998 David has focused on public policy, particularly in relation to education, the environment and the creative and communications industries. He has contributed actively to the UK educational sector by founding the National Teaching Awards and serving as the first Chair of the General Teaching Council. He has served as Chancellor of the University of Sunderland and the Open University and is Adjunct Professor of Film Studies and Digital Humanities at University College Cork. Between 2002 and 2009 he was president of UNICEF UK, during which time he campaigned on issues such as water security and child trafficking. He is currently the Republic of Ireland’s Digital Champion and was most recently appointed the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Burma. David’s achievements were recognised with a CBE in 1982 and a Knighthood in 1995, and in 2007 he was appointed to the House of Lords. In his role at the Lords, he has been Chair of two Hansard Society Commission Reports on the relationship between Parliament and the public and chaired the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill. David Puttnam is also the chair of Atticus Education, an online education company based in Ireland.

Justine Simons OBE – Deputy London Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries

justine simonsAs Head of Cultural Strategy for the Mayor of London for over a decade, Justine Simons OBE has played a central role in the cultural revitalization of London – with Mayors from both sides of the political spectrum. Justine is the Chair of the World Cities Culture Forum – a major global leadership initiative on culture involving 30 world cities, putting creativity at the heart of urban policy. She leads London’s cultural policy encompassing music, theatre, visual arts and art in the public realm.

Justine is Director of the Fourth Plinth and has built it into the UK’s biggest and most talked about sculpture prize. She shapes City Hall’s Investment Strategy for the Creative Industries covering film, fashion and design. Justine played a central role in staging the largest cultural festival in the capital for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and recently developed London’s first cultural tourism vision. Earlier this year she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen for her work championing culture in London.


The Right Honourable Ed Vaizey – Member of Parliament

Ed Vaizey High Res PhotoEdward Vaizey is a Conservative Party politician and the Member of Parliament for Wantage since 2005. He served as the UK Government Culture and Digital Minister from 2010-16, and is the longest-serving Minister in that role. He was appointed a privy councillor in 2016. In his role as digital minister, Ed was responsible for the introduction of tax credits for film, television, animation and video games, which have helped make the creative industries the fastest growing part of the UK economy. He played a key role in putting coding in the national curriculum for schools and in attracting inward investment to the UK tech economy. Ed currently serves as a trustee of two national charities, the National Youth Theatre and BritDoc. He is a member of the House of Commons Speaker’s Advisory Panel on the Arts and is a Patron of Kids in Museums. Ed is leading two enquiries: Creative Fuse, a three-year research project looking at the technology sector in the North-East of England, and the Oxfordshire Local Economic Partnership Culture group, looking at promoting culture in Oxfordshire.

Jenny Waldman – Director, 14-18 NOW

Jenny WaldmanJenny Waldman is Director of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official First World War Centenary Cultural Programme. She was Creative Producer of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. From 1999-2011 Jenny was Public Programmes Consultant to Somerset House Trust, opening the iconic central London building and its outdoor spaces to the public and creating a successful outdoor programme of concerts, films and London’s first open-air ice rink, as well commissioning site-specific theatre and visual art installations.

Jenny has commissioned large-scale performing arts events for Tate Modern and Tate Britain and was for five years Director of Arts Centre Programmes at the Southbank Centre, the UK’s largest arts centre, where she was responsible for programming across festivals, dance, literature, outdoors and performance. As a senior arts management consultant her clients included the National Theatre, Young Vic, Punchdrunk, Manchester International Festival, Roundhouse, Film4 and Tate. Jenny worked with King’s College London over the last three years as a Sector Associate to the Cultural Institute.

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