The team at CCE are all experts in the field of creative learning, with decades of experience delivering pioneering programmes, workshops and seminars around the world. Find out more about our core team and our Board below and please get in touch if you have any questions for us.
Other positions: Advisor to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Lego Foundation on creativity.
As Chief Executive of CCE, Paul Collard is responsible for the organisation, its policy and long-term strategic direction. Paul undertakes work internationally,
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 and consultant.
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 UK 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 CCE, which delivered more than £50 million of Government cultural education programmes each year.
Paul has overseen the development of CCE from an organisation that delivered the Creative Partnerships programme in England to its emergence as an international consultancy that designs and delivers bespoke creative learning programmes in countries across the globe.
Paul has a particular interest in the role of arts and culture in urban regeneration. He wrote a report on the subject for the UK 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.
Di is responsible for the design, implementation and quality assurance of CCE’s programmes. Di travels extensively across the globe, developing and supporting the wide range of our creative education programmes.
She is also responsible for designing and delivering a range of professional development programmes for teachers and creative professionals for CCE. Before assuming this position, Di was Director of Schools for Creative Partnerships in England.
Di has worked in the arts for over 20 years including working at Arts Council England as National Director of Grants for the Arts. She took on the daunting task, when the Regional Arts Boards were merged into the Arts Council of England, of streamlining the grants system, turning over 100 funding programmes across the country into just four for the national organisation. Before that, Di worked for Northern Arts (the regional arts board for Northern England) specialising in capital development projects and lottery funds.
Other positions held previously include Corporate Projects Manager at Business and Enterprise North East, who operated a major contract on behalf of the regional development agency for the North East delivering business support service. Di also spent two years as Chief Executive of the North East Enterprise Bond, an organisation dedicated to supporting individuals and companies to set up new businesses.
Other positions: Freelance Chartered Accountant
Pete has extensive experience in both the education and cultural sectors, managing Finance, ICT and HR systems, premises, administration and legal and company secretarial matters for a range of charities.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young, Pete worked as Head of Finance for Northern Arts, the regional arts board for the North East (now Arts Council England North East) and as Director of Resources for NCFE, the award-winning national awarding body, before joining CCE as its very first employee, responsible for all aspects of its set-up.
What creativity means to me:
‘Exploring, asking questions, seeking innovative solutions without being bound by existing rules and conventions. It also means hearing endless jokes around ‘creative accounting’!’
Andrew’s career within the wider cultural and creative education sectors spans over 15 years and his roles have included project and programme management, policy development and arts development.
Andrew worked as an assistant and researcher to a Member of the European Parliament before joining Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. Within the museum service, Andrew was initially responsible for performance management and corporate information before moving to the team that managed Creative Partnerships in Northumberland, Newcastle and Gateshead, where Andrew developed a passion for creative learning. Following the end of the Creative Partnerships programme in England, Andrew moved into local authority arts development with a particular remit for creative and cultural education.
Andrew has an MA in Human Resource Management where he developed a particular interest in organisational behaviour and was an Arts Award trainer for five years, playing a significant role in the development of the Award in the museum sector.
What creativity means to me:
‘Being creative is about being open and receptive to new thoughts and ideas, and feeling the excitement and reward of solving problems in innovative
ways. It’s about watching the amazement on a teacher’s face as the quiet child in the class suddenly bursts into life when presented with the means to confidently express themselves. Creativity means it’s okay to ask stupid questions, it is curiosity and inquisitiveness encouraged.’
Dee joined CCE as PA to the Chief Executive, Paul Collard in 2009. As well as working closely with Paul, she is also involved in project work across the organisation.
Dee has had a varied career which has included working for the private, public and third sectors and has previously lived and worked in Hong Kong, Germany and Canada as well as in the UK.
Jane Robinson – Chair
Jane is Durham University’s Chief Operating Officer, having joined the University in September 2016 and is a member of the University Executive Committee, representing the University as a spokesperson in regional, national and international affairs.
Before taking up her position at Durham, Jane was Chief Executive of Gateshead Council, where she was responsible for 5,500 employees and an annual turnover in excess of £500m. Jane has previously held positions as Assistant Chief Executive of Gateshead Council and as Director of External Relations at Arts Council England, where she led major corporate projects that included Local Government liaison, creative industries development and major capital schemes (such as the £70m Sage Gateshead).
Jane holds an MBA from Durham University and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in English Literature (from the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield respectively).
She is also a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and holds non-executive positions with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Durham Cathedral Council, and Tyne and Wear Community Foundation.
Johanne Clifton is Executive Principal of a primary school in Birmingham, who has twice taken over large schools in ‘special measures’ and led them to ‘outstanding’ status.
She led one such school when it was in the Creative Partnerships programme and has continued to apply Creative Partnerships principles in her work. She has particular strengths in whole school change and building wider communities.
Laurence Newman spent 20 years at the London office of international accountants and consultants KPMG, where he established and directed their Leisure and Tourism Consulting Group. He was a KPMG partner for 13 years.
Since leaving KPMG Laurence has been appointed to a number of Chair and Non-Executive Director positions. He is Chair of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, where he is focusing on a complex de-merger of the four constituent hospitals. He is also Chair of Grove End Housing Ltd, a property company that owns 400 mansion flats in St John’s Wood.
Laurence was a Trustee of Comic Relief between 1997 and 2010, and remains a member of their Investment Committee. He is a Trustee of the Waterways Trust, where he chairs their Museums Management Board, and is also a Trustee of Commonweal, a housing charity.
He was a member of the Advisory Board of The Foundation LLP for several years, stepping down at the end of 2011.
Fiona Mactaggart was elected MP for Slough in 1997 and served until the general election in 2017 when she stepped down. During her time as an MP she served on select committees on Public Administration, Children Schools and Families, Health, Public Accounts and latterly Intelligence and Security. When a member of the children schools and families select committee she initiated a short enquiry into creativity. She founded the all Party Parliamentary Group on prostitution and Global sexual exploitation and in 2012 was elected co-Chair of the all Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, a post she continued to hold until 2017. Following the election, together with Baroness Butler Sloss she chaired an enquiry into the experience of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children in Europe which was published in July 2017 by the Human Trafficking Foundation.
Before working in politics, Fiona was a lecturer in primary education at London University Institute of Education, having also worked as a primary teacher for many years in Southwark.
Fiona is currently Chair of Commonweal, an action learning charity focusing on housing solutions to social injustice. She is a trustee of Battersea Arts Centre and has previously been Chair of Liberty, the National Council for Civil Liberties and leader of the opposition on Wandsworth Council.
Mark Emmerson is CEO of the City of London Academies Trust. City of London achieved the best average Progress 8 score of any sponsor in 2016. Furthermore, as the Sutton Trust report ‘Chain Effects 2016’ highlighted, they also delivered best outcomes of any academy chain for disadvantaged children in the country.
Mark has a significant and sustained track record of impact on the progress and attainment of students. The three schools he has led as Principal have all improved significantly and were recognised by OFSTED as exhibiting Outstanding Leadership. Mark’s last school, The City Academy in Hackney, was rated as Outstanding twice and has been ranked in the top six schools for student progress in the country since 2014.
At a national level he has advised the DfE on behaviour and the SSAT on curriculum design, pedagogy, leadership development, as well as writing a number of published papers on creative teaching, school leadership and raising attainment.
Stephanie operates within a dynamic portfolio career that includes acting as an advisory board member of an NHS body, consultancy activity and as an executive coach.
From 2009 to 2013, she was Director of HR Capability at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) leading the Institute’s research, policy, professional standards and qualifications agendas. Prior to that she was Vice President HR at BP plc., responsible for the group’s Talent and Organisation Capability strategy.
She has over 20 years global HR experience, including with organisations such as ICI, KPMG, CSC and Dell, and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.
Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin is a senior analyst and project leader at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In addition to and extensive focus on higher education, Stéphan has previously worked on innovation in education, on education for innovation, including work on arts education, metacognition, and new work on the measurement of creative and critical thinking skills.
Among his recent publications are Art for Art’s Sake? The Impact of Arts Education and Measuring Innovation in Education. A New Perspective.
Stéphan holds a PhD in economics, a Masters in philosophy and a grande école diploma in business administration.