Arts and Diversity Specialist
Mark specialises in work that helps arts and cultural organisations – and the creative sector as a whole – to be more adaptive, more resilient and to change more people’s lives. He sees diversity as key to the creative health of culture as well as business. Mark is a widely published writer who has worked in the cultural sector for more than 25 years. He is the author of the influential papers Making Adaptive Resilience Real and The Role of Diversity in Building Adaptive Resilience. He has given keynotes, talks and workshops about adaptive resilience across the UK and internationally. He spent ten years in senior positions at Northern Arts and Arts Council England, the last five as part of the national Executive Board. Previously he worked in university adult education, ran community arts organisations and began his career in the arts as a writer in schools. Mark has recently worked on a number of research projects with EW for Arts Council England on children, young people and the protected characteristics, and on the representation of disabled people in the cultural workforce.