Cultural Policy & Evaluation Summit Agenda

The Cultural Policy & Evaluation Summit outline and programme are available on the main page.

Day 1

Event Chairs

  • Cory Barrett
  • Priya Gondalia

Introduction to programme

  • Cory Barrett, Creative Director & Coventry City of Culture Transforming Leadership Programme

Introductions: The road ahead

  • Laura Nyahue, Creative Director, Maokwo Arts
  • Franco Bianchini, AHRC Centre for Cultural Value, University of Leeds
  • Martin Sutherland, Executive Director, Coventry City of Culture Trust
  • Martin Reeves, Chief Executive, Coventry City Council

What are the opportunities for culture-led growth?

  • Julia Goldsworthy, Director of Strategy, West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Laura Dyer, Deputy Chief Executive Places and Engagement, Arts Council England
  • Moira Sinclair, CEO, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

What difference can a year make?

  • Phil Batty, Head of Ceremonies, Culture and Queen’s Baton Relay Commonwealth Games 2022, Executive Director Festival UK 2022 and formerly Director of Public Engagement Hull UK CoC 2017
  • Carrie Cooke, Deputy Director, Festival, City of Culture and Major Events, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Clare Coghill, Leader Waltham Forest Borough Council

How can cultural mega-events actively challenge racial inequalities?

  • Elizabeth Lawal, Producer, Coventry City of Culture Trust
  • Doreen Foster, CEO, Warwick Arts Centre
  • Shanaz Gulzar, Chair, Bradford UK CoC 2025 Board

Levelling up; how can ‘seldom heard’ communities and individuals impact on policy?

  • Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director, Coventry City of Culture Trust
  • Louise Yates, Director at Back to Ours, Hull
  • Chris Rolls, Hull UK CoC 2017 & Coventry UK CoC 2021 learning consultant, 64 Million Artists

Research as cultural practice; supporting communities.

  • Jackie Hodgson, Warwick research lead, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick
  • Emma Meehan, Cooking Connections Coventry, Coventry University
  • Nadine Holdsworth, Homeless Monopoly, University of Warwick
  • Daniele Lorenzini, Carolina Rito & Federico Testa, Life Futures, Coventry University & University of Warwick

Research as cultural practice; giving space and voice to the seldom heard

  • Neil Forbes, Director Institute for Creative Cultures, Coventry University
  • Rosa Cisneros, Roma Allotment, Coventry University and Heidi Ashton, University of Warwick
  • Saba Hussain, Call The Midwives, Coventry University
  • Michele Aaron, SAVI: Social Action Video Initiative, University of Warwick

Day 2

Event Chair

  • Emily Lauren Jones

Introduction to programme and Day One recap and reflections

  • John Knell: Summit Rapporteur

Cultural priorities for UKRI research

  • Christopher Smith, Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and International Champion for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

The social value turn in cultural policy-making and funding requirements

  • Jonothan Neelands, Academic Lead for Research and Evaluation for the Coventry City of Culture Trust, University of Warwick
  • Tarek Iskander, AD and CEO, Battersea Arts Centre
  • Harman Sagger, Chief Economist, Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Chair Coventry UK CoC 2021 Technical Reference Group

Re-balancing the social and economic value of culture

  • Graham Russell, Amion Consultants, Economic Impact Assessment for Coventry UK CoC 2021
  • Mandy Barnett, Director of MBA Associates, Social Value Assessment of Coventry UK CoC 2021
  • Ingrid Abreu-Scherer, Civil Society Lead, What Works Centre For Wellbeing, Technical Reference Group, Coventry UK CoC 2021

Research as cultural practice; supporting public health policy

  • Chaired by Karamjit Singh, Chair of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Culture Growth Coventry
  • Michael Loizou and Deborah Biggerstaff : Digital Participative Visual Arts Intervention for People with Dementia, Coventry University and University of Warwick/Warwick Medical School
  • Sally Pezaro and Kerry Wykes : Humans not Heros, Coventry University
  • Oliver Scott: Route 10, Mercurial Dance

Developing place-based needs assessments to shape social and cultural policy and funding:

  • Si Chun Lam: Senior Data Analyst, Insights Team Coventry City Council
  • Mark Scott: Monitoring and Data Manager, Coventry City of Culture Trust
  • Katy Raines: Director, Indigo Consultants

Making sense of evaluation – towards a common policy

  • Ben Walmsley: Director, AHRC Centre for Cultural Value, University of Leeds
  • Eliza Easton: Head of Policy Unit, AHRC Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre, Nesta, Coventry UK CoC 2021 Technical Reference Group

Take outs and takeaways – plenary discussion

  • Chaired by: Beatriz Garcia: Associate Director, Centre for Cultural Value, University of Liverpool
  • Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director, Coventry City of Culture Trust
  • John Knell, Summit Rapporteur
  • Cory Barret, Creative Director & City of Culture Transforming Leadership Programme
  • Glenn Burgess, Principal Investigator, AHRC Cities of Culture Network, University of Hull
  • Laura Nyahue, Creative Director, Maokwo Arts



This event was hosted by the University of Warwick and Coventry University.

It was part of the AHRC funded Cities of Culture Research Network, as well as the monitoring and evaluation team‘s programme of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 related events.

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This website reflects a variety of UK CoC 2021 activities, funded by different funding bodies. It has been created as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project City Change Through Culture: Securing the Place Legacy of Coventry City of Culture 2021 (Grant Reference AH/W008769/1).

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