We’re a group of cultural leaders within Brighton & Hove, freelance and salaried, coming together with the mission to support the city’s arts and creative industries sector. This work is being led by the Brighton & Hove Cultural Alliance.

No one in the working groups are employed by the Culture Alliance, but freelancers are paid for their time.

Culture Alliance Governance Group

The Culture Action Group holds the Purpose and Aims and sets short and medium term direction of the Brighton & Hove Culture Alliance, informed by open consultation events. It reviews progress against the priorities and oversees any projects that are delivered. This group is formed of partners working across the creative sector in the city.



Chenine Bhathena, Assistant Director of Culture Tourism and Sport, Brighton & Hove City Council

Professor Robin Banerjee, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global and Civic Engagement, University of Sussex


Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Festival

Adam Joolia, Chief Executive, Audio Active

Tarik Elmoutawakil, Artistic Director, Marlborough Productions

Lucy Day, Phoenix Art Centre

Faith Dodkins, Independent Producer

Kim Jack-Riley, Tourism and Marketing Consultant

Sally Oakenfold, Music Venues Alliance Brighton

Space to Grow

Instigated as part of the ABCD Cultural Recovery Programme, this group is reviewing the current options for creative space in the City, exploring new models and maximizing the existing capital and organisational infrastructure.


Adam Joolia, CEO, Audio Active

Mat Hunter, Co CEO Plus X


David Sheppeard, Executive Director, Marlborough Productions

Faith Dodkins, Co-Director The Spire

Helen Gregory, Principle Planning Officer Brighton & Hove City Council

Matt Kitson, Director of Estates, University of Brighton

Chenine Bhathena, Assistant Director, Culture, Tourism & Sport, Brighton & Hove City Council

Clare Hankinson, Co-Director, Fabrica

Anti-Racism Working Group

This group came together in January 2023 to devise and deliver a grant programme that invites responses to the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade.



Kim Jack Riley, Tourism Marketing Consultant


Jenny Williams BEM, Take the Space

Recruiting new members by end December 2023