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.
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.
Dee works as Project Lead for CCE for various international programmes and is an experienced trainer in CCE methodology, developing content for training and professional development programmes for teachers, quality assurance of creative learning programmes, mentoring of programme managers and staff in a range of international contexts as well as being the initial point of contact for many international enquiries and responsible for scheduling and logistics of the Director.
Prior to working at CCE 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 the UK.
Other positions: Advisor to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Lego Foundation on creativity.
As former Chief Executive of CCE, Paul Collard was responsible for the organisation, its policy and long-term strategic direction. Paul undertook 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.
Paul has worked in cultural and creative education for over 15 years. After completing a BA Hons in Community Arts in 2001 he has fulfilled a variety of roles including Theatre Maker, Project Director, Creative Adventurer (made up term), Lecturer and Agent of Danger.
Paul proudly calls Glasgow his home. A city once defined by industry and violence is now, thanks to its social and cultural regeneration, thriving with creativity and possibility. it is this connection to his city that has provided an implicit understanding of the role and purpose of the arts and artists within wider socio-political contexts.
Paul established the company ‘Hidden Giants’ in 2014 to carry out experiments in learning contexts: from nurseries to universities. He lives with his partner, step son and daughter.
Marie Othilie Hundevadt
Marie completed her Bachelor degree in Drama and Theatre in 2010 from Oslo University College, and she is also trained as a teacher. She is currently working as a freelance Actor and Director, Creative Agent and Educator. As an actress she has been engaged in among others Claire de Wangen’s performance ‘Messels Memorandum’, Vegard Vinge and Ida Muller’s ‘The Wild Duck’ and the NIE performance ‘Museum of Memories’ and she is a permanent member of the arts collective ‘The Great Pretenders’.
She is currently working as a Creative Agent for both the Cultural Rucksack (DKS) in Oppland and Trondheim, she is a Director for the Youth Theatre TGP ungdom’s current production ‘Hamlet’ as well as being at home with her baby girl Anna.
David offers input on research and evaluation as a CCE Associate helping to generate key learning from projects and programmes.
Previously, David was Director of Research at Creative and Cultural Skills, the sector skills council for the creative and cultural industries.
Prior to this David was Director of Research for CCE, managing a portfolio of studies which articulated the overall impact of the early stages of the Creative Partnerships Programme.
He has worked for a range of cultural bodies, including the British Film Institute where he worked as Head of Research and at Arts Council England helping to shape the monitoring and evaluation during the early stages of Creative Partnerships.
He began work in the cultural sector as a Research Fellow at Kings College London, based in the School of Education where he undertook a series of studies focusing on the uses of animation in primary teaching.
He completed his PHD in Film and Literature in 1998 and since then has published several papers and contributed to various books, including Creative Partnerships in Practice (2013). He has undertaken evaluations for a number of arts and cultural programmes both in the UK and abroad, including Lambeth Education Action Zone and the Media Education workshop in Jyvaskyla, Finland.
Jane Robinson – Chair
Professor Jane Robinson, Pro-Vice Chancellor Engagement & Place, Newcastle University
Jane joined Newcastle University in 2019. As Pro-Vice Chancellor, she leads the University’s Engagement & Place Strategy, focussing on building partnerships to enhance our contribution socially, economically and culturally. Previously, Jane was Durham University’s Chief Operating Officer with strategic oversight of operations and external engagement.
Before taking up her position at Durham, Jane was Chief Executive of Gateshead Council. Jane also played a leading role in the establishment of the North East Combined Authority and the Commission on Health and Social Care Integration.
Jane has also held leadership positions in the cultural sector, including Director of External Relations at Arts Council England, where she led major corporate initiatives that included Local Government liaison and creative industries development.
Jane holds an MBA and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in English Literature. She is also a Fellow of the RSA; in addition to chairing Creativity, Culture and Education, she is Co-chair of the North East Cultural Partnership and holds non-executive positions with a number of organisations, including the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Centre for Life, and the Tyne Community Learning Trust.
Johanne Clifton was until recently the Executive Principal at Billesley Primary School, an outstanding school in Birmingham. She has been a headteacher for over 16 years all in schools in challenging circumstances. Johanne’s love of language and the power of story were what brought her into education and this has remained her central belief throughout her career and informed her practice.
She is now working with leaders to ensure that the curriculum is rooted in local community contexts and driven by a powerful commitment to social justice.
Johanne is an experienced system leader, working as a National Leader of Education in partnership with a number of schools and MATs, a lead inspector for Ofsted with a particular interest in SEND and a school governor in two schools in the West Midlands. She is a passionate advocate of the Arts in education and is a board member for a number of organisations including Stan’s Cafe Theatre and Soul City Arts.
Laurence Newman spent 20 years at the London office of international accountants and consultants KPMG, where among other leadership roles he was the partner leading KPMG’s work in leisure and tourism. 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 was a Board member and then Chairman of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust between 2009 and 2019. The Trust is a large (£600 million turnover) acute hospital trust employing more than 6,000 people and running two general hospitals, a children’s hospital and community services. During his time as Chairman, the Trust achieved a ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission and was awarded £500 million by the Government to build a brand new state of the art acute hospital facility.
Laurence is currently the Chairman of Grove End Housing Ltd which owns two large mansion flat buildings in St John’s Wood, London, containing more than 400 apartments.
Laurence was a member of the Advisory Board of the Foundation, a consulting firm, for several years and was also a Trustee of Comic Relief between 1997 and 2010. He is currently a member of the Comic Relief Investment Committee.
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.
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 Chair of Trustees for Agenda, the charity for women and girls facing multiple disadvantage. She is also Chair of the Fawcett Society and Omnibus theatre Clapham, and serves on the board of Commonweal housing and is trustee of a number of family charitable trusts
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 has over 20 years global HR experience with organisations such as ICI, KPMG, CSC, Dell and BP and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. Her last full-time role was as Director of HR Capability at the CIPD, leading the Institute’s research, public policy, professional standards and qualifications agendas. Subsequently she has built a portfolio career including Charity and NHS Boards, research, event presentation, consultancy and coaching.
Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin is a deputy head of division and senior analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Stéphan’s work mainly focuses on innovation in education, notably how digitalisation may transformg education, and on education for innovation, including work on arts education, metacognition, and how to improve education by fostering and assessing creativity and critical thinking as part of existing curricula. He works on all levels of education, from schooling to higher education and beyond. Among his recent publications are Fostering Students’ Creativity and Critical Thinking: What it Means in School, Art for Art’s Sake? The Impact of Arts Education and Measuring Innovation in Education 2019: What Has Changed in the Classroom?