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  • Alison Bevan

    She has led the institution for 10 years, transforming both the building and its work, placing it at the heart of the region’s cultural life. She is a passionate advocate for the power of creativity to enhance wellbeing, and the RWA strives to ensure that this is open to everyone. Image credit: Hemali Modha

  • Zoë Billingham

    She writes for a range of online and print publications, including for the New Statesman and across regional media and her work has generated front-page headlines. Zoë previously jointly led the Centre for Progressive Policy, advising national and local leaders on regional inequality. Prior to this, she worked as a civil servant in central government including in […]

  • Festival of the Future City
    Jess Blair

    Jess Blair

    Jess Blair holds a Masters in Welsh Government and Politics from the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University. She was previously Policy and Projects Manager at the Institute of Welsh Affairs, a leading Welsh think tank. She was also Acting Director during 2016. Prior to that Blair worked in the Senedd and has worked in […]

  • Richard Bonner

    He works across a number of portfolios including central and local government, education, commercial and residential and metros and stations. He is also chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

  • Leyla Boulton

    She was Highly commended in the Asian Women of Achievement UK awards and dubbed a ‘Genteel Rebel’ for her neighbourhood campaign to ease planning restrictions on the retrofitting of older UK houses. Previously, Leyla served as FLIC’s acting director and was an executive editor in charge of FT special reports on topics ranging from finance […]

  • Sophia Brown

    Steppin Sisters regularly organise walks, for those who wish to take short walks and for those who wish to take longer treks.Their aim is to help motivate women of colour to visit places they would not have ventured to including rural areas around Bristol and further afield in the south west, routes that can get […]

  • Yana Buchatska

    Yana is a co-founder of the Sets Studio since 2020 and has been working at the studio Buromosa since the end of 2021, based in Amsterdam. Yana is a co-author of the House of Europe mobile pavilion, which was opened alternately for the summer season on the main squares in Mykolaiv, Kamianets-Podilsk and Ivano-Frankivsk in […]

  • Colin Ward

    Catherine Burke

    Before moving into Higher Education, she worked as a tutor for the Sheffield Adult Education Service, the Workers’ Education Association and the Northern College. Her publications include Education, Childhood and Anarchism: Talking Colin Ward, edited with Ken Jones, published in 2014.

  • Tom Burke

    He is the Chairman of the China Dialogue Trust which produces several online publications covering China and the environment. He is also a Trustee of Climate Advisors UK and other civil society organisations. He is a Visiting Professor at both Imperial and University Colleges, London. He was the Executive Director of Friends of the Earth […]

  • Elliot Burns

    Elliot is an expert researcher in place-based design, regeneration and urban futures. He is passionate about the interactions between people and the environment, and the creation of policies that promote vibrant, healthy and community-driven outcomes. He has a Master’s degree in International Relations from Durham University and extensive experience in researching socio-economic challenges and technical […]

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