Helen Goulden OBE is CEO of the Young Foundation where she leads their multi-disciplinary team of researchers and innovators to support stronger communities across the UK. The Young Foundation is a not-for-profit research organisation, working with communities, organisations and policymakers since 1954.
She was previously Executive Director at Nesta where she spent nine years working to support and scale innovation for the public good, working with partners to run innovation funds and programmes, open innovation processes and challenge prizes. Helen is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Big Education and received an OBE in 2023 for services to development of sustainable communities.
Lord Neil Mendoza is Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in the UK government and also Provost of Oriel College, Oxford University.
Lord Mendoza is also Chair of the Culture and Heritage Capital advisory board for DCMS, where he had been a non-executive director from 2016-2020. He has worked as a Commissioner for Historic England, Chair at the Landmark Trust, a Trustee for the Shakespeare Schools Foundation and contributed immeasurably to the creative and finance sectors, supporting talent, creativity and enterprise through high quality educational, cultural and heritage engagement.
Andrew Mowlah is Director of Research at Arts Council England, where he had also previously worked as Senior Manager of Policy and Research.
Andrew develops and oversees the ACE national research programme, leading on major research projects and delivery of the core ACE strategy ‘Achieving Great Arts and Culture for Everyone’ alongside the other director and executive team. He works closely with national discipline leads and arts and culture leads on evidence-based policy development.
Husna Mortuza is Associate Director for Public Engagement at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, where she leads on strategic public engagement, developments in narrative change and movement building, and on shaping policy and practice.
Husna is also a Trustee of Toynbee Hall and has previously worked in senior policy positions for multiple UK government departments, spending much of her career advocating for policy changes in areas of social justice and welfare reform, and building experience in policy development, strategy and campaigns in government and third sector organisations.
Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey OBE has been an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords since 2004, has founded and co-chaired APPGs on creative and cultural themes, and campaigned tirelessly on issues of anti-slavery.
Lady Young is the Chair of the Local Government Association Commission on Culture and Local Government, which was created to explore the ways in which local culture can contribute to what is currently described as ‘levelling up’ in a post-pandemic context. The commission launched the ‘Cornerstones of Culture’ report in December 2022.
Baroness Lola Young previously chaired the Young Review and Agenda, which addressed issues of racial disproportionality and vulnerabilities of women in the justice system. Additionally she is Co-Chair of the Foundation for Future London
Lady Young is also Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, and was previously Professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University.
Tom Crick is Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Professor of Digital & Policy and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Civic Mission) at Swansea University. He holds a joint research and innovation appointment split between the Department of Education & Childhood Studies (Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences), and the £32m Computational Foundry (Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science & Engineering). Whilst his disciplinary background is in computer science, his academic interests sit at the research/public policy interface with a focus on broad societal/policy impact: STEM/digital education, curriculum reform, science and innovation policy, data science, intelligent systems, smart cities, national infrastructure, software sustainability, digital transformation, and skills/infrastructure for the digital/data economy.
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