Easter School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership: Meet the Tutors

Easter School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership: Meet the Tutors

Places are booking up fast on our Easter School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership. Taking place from Sunday 7 - Friday 12 April 2019, this week long residential course is a superb opportunity for those leading and managing fundraising in arts and cultural organisations to take their careers to the next level.

The school is a unique opportunity to reflect, network and gain critical insight into leadership and fundraising practice and we're thrilled to be able to announce the tutors for 2019 who have each been carefully selected for their expertise in arts leadership, academia or cultural entrepreneurship.

As senior leaders with a wealth of experience, each tutor is still actively engaged in their field of work, meaning delegates will leave the course with relevant, practical insights underpinned by theory and research that can be applied in their workplace and career. 

Tutors confirmed for 2019's Easter School are:

Dr Ben Walmsley (Programme Director) 
Ben is Associate Professor in Audience Engagement at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds. He is a reseacher and lecturer in arts management, arts marketing, audience research and cultural policy, with a particular focus on audience engagement and enrichment, change management in the arts, and cultural value and leadership.


Jim Beirne MBE FRSA
Jim has been Chief Executive of Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne since 2000, providing artistic and strategic leadership and overseeing a £19million series of capital developments. In 2012 he was awarded an MBE for services to theatre.


Claire Antrobus
Claire is an independent consultant, researcher, coach and facilitator working nationally and internationally in the cultural and non-profit sectors. Her key areas of focus include art galleries and museums, change creation and leadership development. 


Richard Watts
Richard is a Strategist for People Make It Work, an organisational development consultancy focusing on change management, culture development and employee/ stakeholder engagement.


Dr Stephen Dobson
As Lecturer in Creativity and Enterprise at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, Stephen's research interests span a number of areas including entrepreneurship and the role of teamwork, collaboration and innovation for fostering innovation and creativity. 


Dr Emilee Simmons
Emilee is Director of Learning Enhancement, Director of the Academy of Innovation in Business Education, and Assistant Director of the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies at Leeds University Business School. Her leadership roles in learning & teaching excellence interweave with her research interests and expertise in entrepreneurship education and active learning approaches.


Dr Leila Janchovich
Leila is associate Professor in Cultural Policy and Participation at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds. Her areas of expertise include cultural policy, cultural participation, governance and leadership and arts management.


Lisa Baxter FRSA 
Lisa is the Founder and Director of The Experience Business. An inspiring and creative thinker and a pioneer in bringing the practice of Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving to the arts and cultural sector.


Amy Letman
Amy is an independent producer and Creative Director for Transform. From 2011 to 2014 she was Associate Producer at Leeds Playhouse, where she established the theatre’s artist development programme.


Michelle Wright
As Director of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme and Chief Executive of Cause4, Michelle leads major campaigns and business development projects for a number of national charities and undertakes consultancy work for FTSE 100 brands developing their cultural sponsorship programmes.


In addition, 10 new Professional Fundraising Fellows will attend the school, who have each been selected for their leadership potential and will also bring their huge breadth of experience across the arts and cultural sector.

For more information and to book your place, visit the event page.