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Our first AD:Vantage Masterclass - Andrew Miller

For those of you who missed it - here is a film of our first Masterclass. In this masterclass Andrew got the season off to a terrific start by sharing his personal experience to illustrate the qualities required to hold a leadership position or be a cultural leader (not necessarily the leader of a cultural institution). The session explored his leadership journey, skills and responding to challenges and changes, planning and top tips. It was a hugely inspiring session and worth a watch - for the fabulous 80's fashion if nothing else!

About Andrew Miller Andrew Miller is a cultural consultant, disability campaigner and broadcaster. For over 30 years he has advocated for disabled people as artists, employees and audiences throughout the creative industries, and uses his influence to democratise our national culture. Andrew began his career in children’s television, presenting Channel 4’s groundbreaking series Boom! As one of the first generation of disabled presenters in UK broadcasting he quickly became a role model, fronting tv programmes throughout the 1990s.Moving behind the camera, Andrew then made BAFTA nominated arts and music documentaries. Later he occupied senior roles at Arts Council England, Royal & Derngate Theatres and established a new arts centre at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, becoming the first wheelchair user to run a major entertainment venue.

More recently he has been assisting the University of Oxford develop the new £150m Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities due to open in 2025 and advises a range of cultural organisations including the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Coventry City of Culture 2021. Uniquely, Andrew is a National Council member of both Arts Council England and The Arts Council of Wales. He chairs the ACE Disability Advisory Committee and the ACW Strategic Equalities Committee. He is also a director of Welsh National Opera and UK digital arts agency The Space and is a member of the London Transition Board Arts & Culture Recovery Group.

Andrew chairs the British Film Institute’s Disability Screen Forum and is the first UK Government Disability Champion for Arts & Culture, establishing the role as a powerful platform to campaign for greater inclusion across the arts, museum and film sectors. He is currently listed in The Shaw Trust’s Power 100 of the most influential disabled people in the UK and The Stage 100.

In 2020 he co-founded #WeShallNotBeRemoved - the UK Disability Arts Alliance, ensuring creative disabled people retained profile and influence through the Covid-19 pandemic and devised the recently published Seven Principles to support the arts sector on reopening inclusively. Twitter: @AndrewM_Arts Linkedin: andrew-miller-arts

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