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

Here’s a list of current working groups.

Governance Group

We look after and oversee all of the working groups, helping them deliver the city’s recovery plan collaboratively.


Donna Chisholm, Brighton & Hove City Council  Kate O’ Riordan, University of Sussex

Synthia Griffin, Arts Development Manager, BHCC
Ian Baird, Whiskey Bravo / Event Professionals Independent Committee
Louise Blackwell, LOOKOUT & Independent Producer
Andrew Comben, Brighton Dome & Festival
Jane McMorrow, Creative Future + Arts & Health group Chair
David Sheppard & Tarik Elmoutawakil, Marlborough Productions + Enliven Brighton group Co-chairs
Marina Norris, Cultural Baggage + The Engine Room group Co-chair
Erin Barnes, Independent Producer + The Engine Room group Co-chair
John Varah, Same Sky + The Creative Communities Network group Co-chair
Cath James, South East Dance + The Creative Communities Network group Co-chair


Our Code of Conduct

Our Terms of ReferenceThe ABCD

Recovery Plan – for Brighton & Hove

Enliven Brighton

We intend to employ creative and cultural businesses and practitioners to enliven the city centre, boosting the city’s vital retail economy and making it a more attractive and rewarding destination to visit.


Co-Chairs: David Sheppard & Tarik Elmoutawakil Marlborough Productions

Sarah Davies, Phoenix Art Space
Kim Jack-Riley, Tea & Grazing Ltd
Sally Oakenfold, Hope and Ruin
Tristan Sharpes, dreamthinkspeak
Simon Vaughn, Creative Giants

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The ABCD Recovery Plan – for Brighton & Hove

The Engine Room

We focus on developing existing and identifying gaps in sector business support designed specifically for cultural and creative workers living and working across Greater Brighton.


Co-Chairs: Marina Norris, Cultural Baggage
and Erin Barnes, Independent Producer

Philippa Aldrich, Future Perfect Company
Julian Caddy, Brighton Fringe
Peter Chivers, Future Creators, Cultural Education Partnership
Joe Shelton, University of Brighton

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The ABCD Recovery Plan – for Brighton & Hove

Arts, Health & Wellbeing

We are working towards the city becoming a nationally recognised Centre of Excellence for the use of culture in promoting wellbeing and addressing health inequalities. This work strand has a working group advising and guiding its development. It is made up of individuals and organisations from across the city, participating on a voluntary basis.


For the city to become a nationally recognised Centre of Excellence for the use of culture in promoting wellbeing and addressing health inequalities.

Group priorities

  • To address health and wellbeing priorities in the city.
  • To develop a Pay it Forward for Culture initiative across the city and link it to social prescribing.
  • To seek investment to support the development and dissemination of good practice.
  • To develop a common language and evidence-based measurement framework.


Jane McMorrow: [email protected]

Our Inclusion Charter

Our commitment to the City’s creative and cultural sector.


The ABCD Plan for Cultural Recovery and the Cultural Framework have at their heart a commitment by the creative and cultural sector to cultural, ethnic and social pluralism in their organisations’ practices, processes and policies. This is expressed through a voluntary Inclusivity Charter, which organisations can adopt.

The first draft of the Brighton & Hove Cultural Inclusivity Charter is below.

Inclusivity Charter

We will actively promote the importance of reflecting a diversity of life experiences in our:


  • Governing body
  • Artistic practice (including learning & participation practice)
  • Employment practice
  • Audience development activities
  • Internal and external communications
  • Respect the diversity of life experiences of our staff team
  • Encourage dialogue within the organisation, and with our partners, audiences and funders about the importance of plurality in society
  • Report annually on what we have done, and the difference it has made to our customers/communities, artists and staff.