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Alan Davey

Chief Executive, Arts Council England

Alan Davey was appointed Chief Executive of the Arts Council in November 2007.

Alan was Director for Culture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from 2003 until December 2006, having previously worked in the department as Head of the Arts Division since 2001. In an earlier stint at the then Department of National Heritage he was responsible for designing the National Lottery.

He has been a visiting Fulbright/Helen Hamlyn Scholar at the University of Maryland and has degrees from the universities of Birmingham, Oxford and London.

Alan is well known for his passionate interest in, and advocacy of, the arts, as well as for his unrivalled knowledge of public policy in this area.

Great Art for Everyone: Is There a Point? You Bet!

Growing up in public housing in the North East of England, it was heavily implied to me that the arts were not for me. That's why, for as long as I breathe, I'll fight for the arts to happen, and for them to be available up and down the country to as many people as possible.
03/12/2012 17:13 GMT

Digital Exploration

The pace of change means we're living in a time of extraordinary possibility for creativity in this country, where digital advances mean our ambition can only be constrained by the limits of our imagination.
13/07/2012 16:51 BST

Building the Creative Workforce of the Future

With over a million 16 to 24-year-olds in this country out of work, perhaps the responsibility to provide real employment opportunities for young people should fall upon areas of the economy with the greatest prospects for growth. The creative and cultural industries is one such sector, contributing more than £36.3 billion to the UK economy every year.
09/04/2012 23:01 BST

The Art of Science

Professor Brian Cox said that whenever he saw the prime minister he would ask: "how can we ensure that Britain is the best place to do science?" It's a pertinent question, and one that mirrors the question I'm continually asking government ministers: "how can we ensure Britain is the best place to do the arts?"
19/01/2012 22:17 GMT

Art in Uncertain Times

Artists can help us make sense of the complexities of the society we live in and to re-imagine our role within it. They can't stop wars or riots, but they can offer a way to understand better what the challenges are.
12/12/2011 14:49 GMT