We are delighted to announce David Bryan CBE as the new chair of British Council's Arts and Creative Economy Advisory Group.

David is Founder/Director at Xtend (UK) Ltd., an organisation development consultancy. He has a long history of work on organisational change and diversity in the public, voluntary and arts sectors. He is the Chair of Brixton House, Battersea Arts Centre and Creative Lives (UK). He is a member of the Mayor of London's Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm and a trustee of Dunraven Educational Trust. He has worked with Southbank University, Goldsmiths College and Kings College (London). He was made a CBE for his services to the Arts. 

On joining the group, David said: 'I’m excited at the prospect of being a part of an extraordinary group exploring global issues through the outlook of Arts and Creative Economy. The British Council is a positive global brand and it must do all it can to retain its integrity, especially in these turbulent times. I’m proud to be a contributor to greater and better cultural relations.'

David joins existing members Marie Brennan (Norwich University of the Arts), Angela Chan (StoryFutures), Emma Dabiri (author and broadcaster), Rafi Gokay Wol (touring director), Kerry Kyriacos Michael (theatre director), Simon Groom (Scottish National Gallery), Kirsty Lang (journalist and broadcaster), Philip Long OBE (National Trust for Scotland), Ruth McCarthy (Outburst Queer Arts Festival), Dave Moutrey (HOME and Manchester City Council), Nabil Nayal (fashion designer), Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp CBE (Eclipse Theatre), Elena Schmitz (Literature Wales), Abdul Shayek (Tara Arts), Claire Whitaker OBE (Southampton’s Bid for City of Culture 2025).