CEO Association Town & City Management
Ojay McDonald is the Chief Executive of the Association of Town & City Management. He works with Government Ministers, parliamentarians, economic development professionals, business leaders and place-makers across the UK and Ireland to support town and city centres.
He works on a range of policy issues including tax reform, local government finance, the EU and UN Urban Agenda, devolution, the Northern Powerhouse, transport, housing, planning, retail and urban regeneration.
Lead Programmer British Film Institute
Bethan is a curator working at the forefront of public programming. Fuelled by the belief arts have a crucial role in challenging the structure and systems established to govern our societies, she crafts strategies to build programmes that innovatively engage audiences.
Bethan recently joined the BFI to establish a programming strand that embraces advantages in technology to redefine film. Previously the Friday Late Curator at the V&A, Bethan devised a new strategic ambition for the programme and delivered a series of high profile Lates, which included a takeover by gal-dem and a collaboration with Boiler Room.
Events Director EMEA, Time Out
Abi heads up all things events at Time Out in London, Paris and Lisbon. When they aren’t writing about weird and wonderful events in the capital Time Out are putting them on, from floating cinemas on the Thames to cultural lates, via rooftop BBQs and Caribbean supper clubs. She grew up running around events and has a passion for putting on events in challenging heritage venues, from castles to museums
Head of Programmes Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
Bill is responsible for ensuring the provision of wide ranging, popular and accessible programmes across TWAM including audience development and communications and effective engagement of stakeholders.
Bill developed and leads Newcastle Gateshead’s successful Museums at Night programme, The Late Shows. Now in its 12th year, this culture crawl sees up to 80 venues open their doors after hours, attracting up to 40,000 visits!
Architectural jelly sculptures, anatomical whisky tasting sessions, and turning the Selfridges roof into a crystal island boating lake. These are just a few of the projects to come from the minds of celebrated food experimentalists Bompas & Parr. Co-founder Harry Parr is both charming and charismatic as he tantalises with promises of vast chocolate waterfalls, mountains of jelly and breathable clouds of alcohol that intoxicate through the lungs and eyeballs.
Head of Visitor Events, Natural History Museum
Lucy started her career as a public programmer at the Royal Air Force Museum in North London. Grasping opportunities wherever possible, Lucy created a programme that’s core purpose was access to the collection and income generation. She is now responsible for the public events programme at the Natural History Museum and oversees a highly profitable programme of 50+ events per year. Lucy looks to create experiences in public spaces which are relevant, unique and engaging.