Sukhy Johal MBE
Director, Centre for Culture & Creativity, University of Lincoln
"Joining the Dots: Partnerships, Participation and Platforms"
Sukhy Johal is the Founding Director of the University of Lincoln’s Centre for Culture & Creativity and Chair of the Heritage Dot Management Committee. He has over 20 years of senior experience covering the full breadth of the cultural sector and working with local communities, and a demonstrable track record of managing and innovating partnerships. His professional background includes roles in local, regional and national government and the commercial sector. Sukhy champions the social and catalytic power of culture, with a particular focus on cultural diversity and social enterprise. Sukhy started his career as a volunteer with Apna Arts, later steering the organisation’s transformation into New Art Exchange, one of the first BAME-led art galleries outside of London, and is a trustee for the organisation today. He worked on major events in Nottingham, including the 1996 European Football Championships, before moving to Leicester to support the development of one of the UK’s most successful cultural-led regeneration programmes. He shaped one of the first city based Cultural Strategies, the establishment of the Cultural Quarter in Leicester, and brought investment into the city. As CEO, Sukhy then went on to lead Culture East Midlands, the region’s Cultural Consortium, on behalf of Government, driving the development of the sector, establishing large-scale transformative projects like the Cultural Olympiad and drafting Regional Policy. Sukhy has worked as a management consultant across culture, economic regeneration and place-making projects. Sukhy is a National Council Member and Midlands Area Chair for Arts Council England.