Independent cultural analyst and consultant. She worked in museums and galleries and cultural management for over 30 years in various capacities – as a curator, director and academic. Her consultancy includes research and writing, policy and literature reviews, organisational change and programme evaluations and facilitation. She is partner in the consultancy, , and works with a number of other consultancies, including and . Currently she is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. In an academic capacity, she has written extensively on the relationship between the expectations of UK cultural policy, its implementation, funding and the publics’ experience of cultural provision. Her books include The Benefits of Public Art: the polemics of permanent art in public places, the first critical analysis of public art in England, and The UK Cultural Sector: profile and policy issues, which remains the most comprehensive overview of the sector. She edits the international journal, Cultural Trends. She is one of the British Council’s Creative Economy Pool of Experts. She is a member of the Collections, Research, Learning and Access Committee of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and chair the Portrait Trust, which promotes the public’s learning about and through portraiture. She was formerly a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, which promotes the public’s learning about and through portraiture. She was formerly a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Strategy Group, Greater London Authority and Chair of its Cultural Policy Reference Group.
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