Who is involved

The Voice Project, Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Photos: JMA Photography

The people involved with What Next? range from those working within large and small organisations in a variety of roles and those working as freelance individuals in the arts and cultural sector. Through building alliances beyond the sector and asking for contributions from experts in their fields we also have regular attendees from academia, the education sector, local government, local businesses and charities.

What Next? Chapters across the UK, and those who attend meetings regularly are pivotal to what we are about. You can find details of your local Chapter Chair on the Chapters Page.

There are three individuals providing core support to the What Next? movement on a regular basis, with thanks to our generous supporters Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn, Arts Council England and the many organisations who have given donations.

We have a What Next? Leadership Group that meet regularly.

What Next? Leadership Group –  See biographies

  • Dave Moutrey, CEO at HOME Manchester, Director of Culture for Manchester City Council – Current Co-Chair and Director of What Next? Culture Ltd
  • Suzanne Alleyne, Creative Strategist and leader of Neurology of Power, Director of What Next? Culture Ltd
  • Kate McGrath – Director, Fuel and Director of What Next? Culture Ltd
  • Holly Lombardo – Director, NRTF, and Director, World Fringe and Chapter Chair of What Next? Rural and Director of What Next? Culture Ltd
  • Jamie Beddard, Co-Artistic Director Diverse City
  • Keisha Thompson – AD and CEO (Contact, Manchester)
  • Lora Krasteva – Founder of Global Voices Theatre and Freelancer
  • Alexandrina Hemsley – Freelance Creative Practitioner and Consultant
  • Dan de la Motte – Freelance as Producer, Curator, Performer and Activist
  • Alison Clark – Head of Culture Sport & Tourism, Durham County Council
  • Rosie Johnston-Luff – Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google UK (Political Advisor to What Next? )
  • Elizabeth Lynch MBE – What Next? Wandsworth, Freelance Arts Advisor, Leadership coach and Arts Emergency Mentor.
  • Leila D’aronville – What Next? Newcastle and Gateshead, Freelancer, North East Cultural Freelancers
  • David Lockwood – What Next? Dorset, CEO, The Arts Development Company
  • Dave O’Brien – Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries, University of Manchester
  • Lilli Geissendorfer – Deputy Director, Creative Policy and Evidence Centre
  • Jeanie Scott – Director, Culture Radar
  • Helen Shute – Chief Executive, Rambert
  • Della Hill – Operations & Social Impact Manager, National Theatre Wales
  • Reyahn King – Freelance Consultant, Facilitator, grant assessor and Executive Coach