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Arts Council England appoints membership of the South East Area Council

  • Date: 20 September 2013
  • Area: South East

Further to a restructure that was implemented in July 2013, Arts Council England has announced membership of the new South East Area Council. Joining Jon Cook, Chair of the South East Area Council, are 13 appointments, including Victoria Pomery, Director of Turner Contemporary - an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation.

Also joining the team is Perdita Hunt, Director of Watts Gallery in Guildford, and Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council.

The full list of membership for the South East Area Council is:

Jon Cook (Chair & member of National Council)
Cllr Chris Fegan
Cllr Lorraine Lindsay-Gayle
Cllr Robert John Bucke
Cllr Michael Hill
Cllr Bob Price
Perdita Hunt
Victoria Pomery
Matt Adams
Matthew Russell
David Morrall
Gavin Stride
David Butcher
Donna Lynas

Following the Arts Council's decision to move from nine regions to five areas, David Norgrove was commissioned to review the Arts Council's non-executive governance, including both national and regional councils. In line with the recommendations made by The Norgrove Report, five new area councils have been created, including the South East. The new appointments bring to a close the Arts Council's transition from nine regions to five areas.

The new Area Councils are:

The North
The Midlands
The South East
The South West

The five Area Councils will help ensure that the Arts Council spends public money against agreed strategy and in a way that the public can see, understand and support the investment. Hand-in-hand with this, members will also advocate for the arts, culture and the Arts Council within their area.

The Area Councils will also provide an important forum for artists, organisations and other stakeholders to ensure their views are heard in the formulation of Arts Council strategy and to share Arts Council England's thinking with the sector.

In addition to providing support and governance on an area level, each of the Area Councils will offer advice to National Council in terms of 'on-the-ground' knowledge of locally and nationally significant issues.

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