A portrait picture of Kathy McArdle who is Director of England and Cities
Kathy McArdle, Director England and Cities

Talk to Kathy about projects, programmes and partnerships in England

Ka­thy joined the British Council in May 2017 as Director England and Cities. She brings to the role of Director England and Cities a huge amount of experience of urban regeneration and economic development projects which place culture and international cultural relations at the heart of city growth. In the role she leads on the strategic development of the British Council’s work across England and has developed the organisation’s Framework and strategy for connecting cities in the UK with cities around the world for mutual benefit.

Previously she had a long track record of working as a cultural and creative industries entrepreneur, having spearheaded the capital programme for Project Arts centre as part of the regeneration of Temple Bar (Dublin) in the late 1990s, and worked as Director of the vibrant Lemon Tree arts centre, Aberdeen from 2002. This was followed by a period in Liverpool from 2005 where she worked with a number of organisations in the run-up to the Liverpool EU Capital of Culture year, developing Liverpool’s long-term cultural strategy, and a further period where she developed the Visitor destination strategy for Salford Quays and Media CityUK, Manchester.

In 2013, Kathy became CEO of The Creative Quarter (CQ) company in Nottingham , the city’s flagship project for economic growth, enter­prise development where the CQ Initiative won international recognition as winners of the European Enterprise Promotion Award 2015 for ‘Improving the Business Environment’.