Verena Cornwall has held a number of key positions in arts and heritage and is presently Director for Winchester Science Centre. She recently served as Creative Director for St. Patrick's Festival in Dublin and prior to this was Principal of English National Ballet School in London. Verena has been involved in the development of street arts and circus in the UK and across Europe for many years. She set up the first touring circus academy in the UK to offer accreditation and for ten years chaired the national advocacy agency for circus. She has been an Advisory Board Member for The Nottinghill Carnival and through Arts Council England worked as lead change management consultant for St Paul's Afrikan Caribbean Carnival in Bristol and for The Without Walls Consortium.
Verena has been a key partner in four major EU funded projects, including CircusNext/ Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe a €2.5m commissioning initiative. She has worked as an international adviser to the Arts Council in the Republic of Ireland and for the Imperial War Museum worked in America to develop The Churchill Museum. More locally Verena chaired the Board of WALT (owners of Theatre Royal Winchester), she was Director of Fairfields Arts Centre in Basingstoke and held senior roles in the Winchester Hat Fair for a number of years. Verena is presently on the Board of English Touring Opera.