Simon Dancey


Simon is responsible for overseeing all top-level work of Cultural Skills, which he founded in 2014. Previously he was Director for British Council Wales, Senior International & Nations Policy Director at Creative & Cultural Skills, and developed the UK's first Community record label and touring circuit, Complete Control Music.

Currently working towards a PhD in International Cultural Policy, Simon plays guitar for Olivia and the Saint in his spare time.

Sarah MacShane

Senior Programme Manager | South Asia and Americas

Sarah holds strategic responsibility for the operations of the team and development of partnerships and programmes with a focus on South Asia and Latin America, having worked there for the past 10 years. She leads on Youth programmes, including Scene Change and Backstage to the Future. 

Previously, Sarah worked for Creative & Cultural Skills and lived and worked in Brazil, Mexico and Spain. She completed an MSc in Education Power and Social Change at the University of Birkbeck in 2015.

Helen Thomas

Head of Museums and Cultural Heritage

Helen has over 10 years’ experience in the arts and heritage sector. She has developed and delivered both exhibitions and educations programmes for the British Museum and prior to joining Cultural Skills in 2014 worked for the Association of Illustrators, providing vocational support and establishing an international awards programme. With Cultural Skills she has developed training opportunities for museum professionals across the world, most recently launching International Museum Academy UK.

Chantal Harrison-Lee

Programme Manager | South Asia and EU

Chantal is responsible for developing partnerships and programmes within the EU, including Cultural Skills Academy, Live Skills, and International Museums Academy Greece.

She holds and MA in Film Production and Business management, and prior to joining us worked in independent film production, the visual arts, and cultural and creative skills sector, with a lead focus around managing and delivering projects within the EU including EU cooperation strands and European Social Fund projects.

Irini Vouzelakou

Programme Manager | EU

Currently on Maternity Leave

Irini develops and manages our EU Europe regional strategy.

She was previously Head of Arts at the British Council in Greece. She has worked extensively with artists and organisations across the cultural and creative industries. Prior to this, she was Assistant Artistic Director at the European Capital of Culture “Patras 2006” and prior to that Section Manager of Culture at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. 

Katherine Peringer

Programme Manager | China

Kaci leads on Cultural Skills work in China, focusing on the China Prosperity Fund work in both the UK and China. Recently, this has included a focus on museums, cultural heritage, fashion and gaming.

She holds an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford and prior to joining the British Council worked across Europe and China as a business journalist and consultant

Nathan Tregarvan

Programme Manager | East Asia and MENA

Nathan is responsible for developing partnerships and programmes in East Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. Particular areas of focus include museums, heritage, performing arts, and programmes that equip young people with the skills and qualifications necessary to gain employment in the cultural sector.

Nathan’s background includes developing exhibitions and delivering large cultural seasons in China and Qatar. He studied Philosophy at university and has a diploma in Fashion Management.

Rosemary Parkhill

Programme Manager | Sub Saharan Africa and Wider Europe

Rosemary manages our Cultural Skills work in Sub Saharan Africa and Wider Europe, working with colleagues in country to develop partnerships and programmes. She also leads on our Flagship festivals programme, International Festivals Academy (IFA) and with skills concerning disability Arts.

Rosemary has worked in British Council Arts for 6 years and holds a BA in English Literature and Women’s Studies.

Erica Roscoe

Research Manager

Erica is responsible for undertaking and commissioning research internationally into skills gaps and shortages in the cultural sector.

Before joining the team Erica worked at Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, a research consultancy with a specific focus on audience development in the arts. There she worked on both qualitative and quantitative projects for a range of clients including theatres, museums and orchestras.

Giulia Crossley

Marketing and Communications Manager

Giulia manages the Communications for the Cultural Skills team. She is responsible for the day to day running of Communications for the department as well as the website and digital offers. 

In a Marketing career spanning 10 years Giulia's background balances the creative industries; visual art, theatre and design with roles in local government, environment and digital tech. Giulia has a BA in Social Philosophy and Applied Ethics and is a member of the Arts Marketing Association.