Creative & Cultural Skills is delighted to welcome Donald Hyslop as its new Chair.

23 April 2020

Donald takes over from Carol Harvey-Barnes who has been acting Chair since the departure of Paul Latham in autumn 2018.

Donald is the current Head of Regeneration & Community at Tate Modern, bringing with him extensive experience in the management of new place-based cultural developments, regenerating business districts, markets and museums. Donald has been instrumental in the urban renewal programme that has helped transform London's Bankside and South Bank into one of the most vibrant and visited cultural districts in the world. He is also founder and Chair of the M7 World Food Markets alliance.

Donald was a catalyst for positive change whilst Chair of Borough Market, helping develop it as a destination that now attracts 15 million visitors a year. Involved in the development of business improvement districts across the UK since their inception, and Chair of Better Bankside since 2004, Donald has also had success as a broadcaster, author, teacher, and cultural adviser.
Upon his appointment as CCSkills' Chair, Donald said,

“I have joined CCSkills at a time when it has never been more important to help the cultural sector attain the skills it needs to support its reach, resilience and creative diversity. These skills will be increasingly required as we work through difficult and uncertain times. Much work will need to be done engaging with audiences and communities and ensuring our country's cultural offer is accessible and open to all. Creative and Cultural Skills is ideally placed to support this, to help train new generations of talent and to work with employers in innovative forms of recruitment. I am very much looking forward to helping them build on this important work.”

CREATIVE & CULTURAL SKILLS: Creating a fair and skilled cultural sector

Over the last 18 months, we’ve been consulting with you, the sector, to find out what you want and need from us. We’ve listened to your feedback and we’re pleased to announce the launch of a new programme and website that more clearly reflects our offer, supporting the workforce development ambitions of the UK’s cultural sector.

What we do

We work across the UK to create a fair and skilled cultural sector by shaping skills, education and employment best practice. Through a programme of training, tools & resources, events, one to one support, sector updates and research, we provoke action and enable learning opportunities that drive change and help to build an inclusive skilled sector.

What we offer

Working with cultural employers and alongside partners and key stakeholders including education providers and careers professionals, we provide services that aim to support the UK’s cultural workforce development through:

Advice & Guidance

This includes our information resources and written guides covering topics such as Apprenticeships (including curriculum materials for Apprenticeship Training Providers), Internships, Best Practice Approaches to Recruitment, Career Insight Programmes, Diversity & Inclusion and how to introduce a Workforce Development Policy.

Our growing network of Partnership Managers and staff in the Nations provide additional regional sector-support through one to one meetings and phone calls in order to identify any specific advice and guidance needs to ensure we can better support workforce development strategies at a local and company level, across the UK.

Events and Training

We will be launching a new programme of training, networking and online events throughout the year.

Our suite of training events supports our Advice & Guidance services and can also be offered as bespoke workshops for teams and organisations.

Our regional and national networking events bring the sector together to explore best practice, discuss relevant topics and themes impacting on the sector, celebrate the sector’s successes and create opportunities to connect.

As well as our workforce development events, we also offer industry insight days for students and Continuing Professional Development sessions for college tutors, as part of the National Skills Academy.

In light of the current situation around COVID-19, the launch of our new events programme is currently on hold.


We will share the latest external news impacting on the sector with a focus on social, political and economic updates as well as sector-specific headlines. We will do this through our refreshed sector newsletter and social media channels.


We draw on the expertise and research of specialist partners on behalf of the sector and occasionally conduct our own research, in order to better understand our sector’s workforce development needs, and the local and national context in which we operate. We use findings to develop our programme and services accordingly.

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