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Summer School 2010: Speakers

Leadership Team

The Creative Clusters Summer School is designed and lead by Simon Evans and Lee Corner. Between them they have a wealth of experience in both setting up and supporting creative enterprises. They share a passion to promote understanding of the practical measures that help creative businesses to flourish.

Simon Evans, Director, Creative Clusters, Sheffield.Simon Evans
Simon is an entrepreneur, consultant and advocate for cultural business. His career includes events production, performance, venue development, cultural tourism, mentoring and business-building.

Simon’s expertise is in initiating, guiding and delivering projects that seek commercial, cultural and political outcomes. He has helped develop Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter since its inception in the mid-80s.

After fifteen years producing arts and entertainment events, Simon now works all over the world as a policy consultant and public speaker. He is Director of Creative Clusters.

Lee Corner, Director, LAC Limited, HuddersfieldLee Corner
Lee Corner is an advisor, consultant and trainer in the creative industries sector, as well as being a highly effective facilitator and thought-provoker. Her work includes designing and delivering short courses for creative businesses and individuals; reviewing and developing policies with groups and organizations; and advising on structure, governance and change. She works across the private, public and third sectors, in the UK and internationally.

Most recently her clients have included NESTA, CIDA, ArtRole, The Young Foundation, British Council, QT Creative, Youth Music and Yorkshire Forward. Lee has served as Chair of Media Centre Network Ltd since 2003.



Paul Wilson, founder of marketing agency Make Believe.Paul Wilson
Make Believe is a London-based consultancy specialising in helping organisations, brands and leaders create advantage through the application of storytelling principles.

Storytelling is the oldest and still the most effective form of communication. make believe helps organisations and leaders find, articulate and craft the most compelling and engaging version of their story. We believe that by harnessing the power of storytelling, modern leaders and organisations can successfully navigate change and build new value. We’ve helped clients as diverse as Unilever, Microsoft, the Home Office, Coors, the BBC, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the NFU, Imperial College Business School and Novartis find their story and bring it alive so that it becomes the guiding light for decision making.

Great stories can infuse our consciousness, our desires, hopes, fears and dreams. They shape the world around us by transforming perceptions and transporting imaginations.

Make Believe’s mantra, “No-one remembers strategy, but great stories are unforgettable”, is as relevant to government officers as it is to brand managers.
Paul, a Yorkshireman who still lives locally, is the author of several books on storytelling, brand management and fiction, and runs workshops around the world on the future of brands. He will bring to the School a direct, energetic and authoritative perspective on the challenges facing regeneration personnel who are tasked with creating new stories about hard-to-reach areas.

Prof Franco Bianchini, Professor of Cultural Policy & Planning, Leeds Metropolitan UniversityFranco Bianchini

Franco Bianchini’s research interests include the role of intercultural practices within urban strategies and alternative approaches to place marketing. He has been an advisor to governments, development and cultural agencies across Europe.

Franco will be applying his long experience of urban creativity from across Europe to the issues facing town and city strategists in these challenging times. His characteristic wit and his eye for a telling detail make his presentation both entertaining and intellectually rigorous.

Publications include Planning for the Intercultural City (2004), Culture and Neighbourhoods (1997), The Creative City (1995), Cultural Policy and Urban Regeneration (1993) and City Centres, City Cultures (1988).

Guest Speakers

We are delighted that so many regeneration experts, policy-makers and entrepreneurs have agreed to join us for guest presentations, guided visits, discussions and workshops.
Ken Gillespie, Head of Regeneration, Kirklees Council, Huddersfield
Brent Woods, Director, The Media Centre, Huddersfield
Robin Silver, Managing Director, Salt’s Mill, Saltaire
Jan Anderson, Executive Director of Environment, Yorkshire Forward, Leeds
Richard Motley, Programme Director, Integreat Yorkshire, Leeds
Phil Wood, Consultant and Writer, Comedia, Huddersfield
Ian Wild, Director, The Workstation / Showroom, Sheffield
Matthew Conduit, Development Consultant, Creative Industry Partnerships (ci:p), Sheffield
Anamaria Wills, Chief Executive, CIDA UK (Creative Industries Development Agency UK), Huddersfield
James Devitt, Regeneration & Economic Development Service, Kirklees Council, Huddersfield
James Cottrell, Director, Shimu, Saltaire
Roger Clarke, Local Historian, Saltaire
Irena Bauman, Bauman Lyons Architects, Leeds
Toby Hyam, Creative Space Management (Electric Works), Sheffield
Simon Ogden, Head of City Development Division, Sheffield
Jon Maiden, Development Director, Point Blank, Sheffield