Paul Collard is Chief Executive at CCE taking overall responsibility for the organisation, its policy and long-term strategic direction. He travels extensively, developing and supporting educational programmes in many countries, advising governments, regional authorities and cities on their work with children and young people and is much in demand as a speaker at international events.
Paul has over 30 years’ experience of working in the arts and is an expert in delivering programmes that use creativity and culture as drivers of social and economic change. He joined the British Government’s flagship creative learning programme, Creative Partnerships in January 2005 and played a crucial role in clarifying its purpose and streamlining the delivery of the programme in schools. In 2008, he led a relaunch of the Creative Partnerships schools programme while also assuming responsibility for Find Your Talent, the government’s pilot cultural offer for all children and young people. To manage these programmes, he created a new organisation CCE, which took responsibility for the delivery of over £50 million of government cultural education programmes each year.
Since the removal of public funding for the Creative Partnerships programme in 2010, Paul has overseen the development of CCE from an organisation that delivered the Creative Partnerships programme on a national level to its emergence as an international consultancy that designs and delivers programmes based on the Creative Partnerships model to countries across the globe.
Paul also has a particular interest in the role of arts and culture in urban regeneration. In 1987, he wrote a report on the subject for the government, which argued in favour of many of the strategies that are now commonplace in culturally led urban regeneration projects. He implemented many of his ideas between 1993-97 in the North East of England where he developed programmes which led to the creation of the Angel of the North and Baltic. He was also successful in implementing this approach in New Haven Connecticut through the creation of a major international arts festival in partnership with Yale University and the City of New Haven.
Other positions held previously include General Manager at the Institute of Contemporary Art and Deputy Controller of the British Film Institute complex on the South Bank in London.