John Holden is an associate at the think tank Demos, where he was Head of Culture from 2000-2008. He is a Visiting Professor in Cultural Policy and Management at City University, London. John holds Masters Degrees in Law and in Design History and has been engaged in numerous projects in the cultural sector dealing with music, film, theatre, heritage, museums and libraries, and concerned with policy issues, evaluation, leadership, workforce development and learning. He has worked with governments, funding bodies, trusts and foundations, agencies, and major cultural organizations, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the British Museum, the Sage, Gateshead, V&A, and Tate. He is a Trustee of the Hepworth, Wakefield, a member of the Strategy Committee of the Clore Leadership Programme, a member of the Advisory Board of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, a member of the European Expert Network on Culture and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. John has delivered many keynote speeches in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, the US and Canada. His publications on cultural policy issues include Culture and Class, Democratic Culture, Capturing Cultural Value, Cultural Value and the Crisis of Legitimacy, Creative Reading, Culture and Learning, Hitting the Right Note and Cultural Diplomacy. Together with Robert Hewison, he wrote The Cultural Leadership Handbook: How to Run a Creative Organization.
Areas of expertise
cultural policy; creative industries; performing arts; cultural value; leadership; education