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Hannah Bird

Hannah Bird is a Wellcome Trust Clore Fellow with 15 years of experience developing new programmes and strategy across cultural, educational and scientific organisations.

Hannah enjoys supporting good ideas to flourish in order to imagine new and better solutions to complex challenges. 

Her work has included a residency at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, designing a STEM to STEAM policy for the Cultural Learning Alliance and producing a series of publications and networked residencies with University of Sheffield and the Open University for the Culture and Climate Change project. Between 2015 - 2020, Hannah was the National Movement Lead for What Next? which empowers the cultural sector to lead change and impact society. She led the movement from one chapter to thirty, supporting over 500 cultural sector colleagues to meet, collaborate and regularly support each other. In 2018 she co-directed the Risk, Rights and Reputations project in collaboration with Index on Censorship and Cause4 and led the first artistic commissions as part of the ongoing Gulbenkian Enquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations. 

Hannah is passionate about supporting leaders to fulfil their potential. She has led over 100 artists and scientists on cross-disciplinary climate change expeditions in the Arctic, Andes and Western Isles of Scotland and she devised the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World (WOW) Mentoring Programme which has now been included in 65 WOW festivals across 6 continents.

She was a founding member of the BBC Get Creative Steering Group and is currently a trustee for Bore Place, a historic venue in Kent working towards solutions for sustainable farming, food and education.

Hannah is based in Kent, UK

“As a trusted problem solver within a rich network of cultural leaders, Hannah is an expert in collaboration”

Sir Alistair Spalding, Chief Executive & Artistic Director - Sadler's Wells