Andrew Ormston CV


A creative project manager and consultant with extensive experience in business development and evaluation across the cultural and creative industries.  A strong track record in raising investment for major projects.  Active research interests include: new models of working with creativity and young people; mapping of culture and creative industries; and distributed artistic leadership.  I am currently:

Director of Drew Wylie Ltd (policy, evaluation & projects)

Cultural Expert for the European Commission (EACEA)

Policy Expert for the the Council of Europe (Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe)

Critical Friend for the Creative People and Places programme (Arts Council England)

Co-director of Sensing Place – cinematic and oral storytelling in placemaking

Associate consultant with Henslow Irving, New Zealand

Non-executive director for Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Non-executive director for SURF Social Regeneration Network

Board member for NN Contemporary Art

Recent and current projects:

Drosos Foundation – review of Creativity Programme covering Egypt, Germany, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Switzerland, Tunisia (2016)

Mapping and review of Scotland’s film exhibition sector for Creative Scotland (2016)

Review and forward plan for the UK’s Universities Arts Venues Network (2015/16)

Creative Scotland review of the Scottish literature and publishing sector (2015)

Project planning and evaluation support for Made in Corby (2015/16)


EU Voices of Europe working groups on participatory governance in culture, and on intercultural dialogue and culture (2015/16)

Programme Board for British Council ‘Canny Creatives’ Wider Europe programme (2015/16)

Internationalisation support for the Board and management of Publishing Scotland (2015)

Mapping of the cultural and creative industries for Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (2015)

Business planning support for Edinburgh Printmakers (2015)


Established culture division of RGA Consulting

Director of Culture in Birmingham and central London

Director of theatres, concert halls and festivals

Delivery of arts / heritage / environmental / regeneration projects

Capital projects in arts, heritage and leisure sectors


MSc Environment, Culture and Society, University of Edinburgh, 2011

Prince II Project Management, 2005

Arts Fundraising School, The Management Centre, 1991

Theatre Producers Course, SOLT/TMA, 1990

BA (Hons) Contemporary Cultural Studies, (2.1), Middlesex University, 1984

Diploma in Higher Education, Middlesex University, 1982


British Council Canny Creatives Programme for Wider Europe

Connexus, European Cultural Network

Council of Europe Research Compendium

European Association of Cultural Researchers Member

European Creative Business Network Member


Fellow of the RSA

Knowledge Exchange Community of Practice (Scotland)

Public Policy Network

Voices of Culture Expert


2012 Cultural Olympiad, East Midlands Heritage Sector Programme

Art at the Centre, ACE & CABE arts, planning and regeneration project

Ballet Hoo National Cultural Pathfinder with Diverse Productions and the Royal Ballet

Cambridge City Council venues review

Creative Scotland – Review of the Scottish Literature Sector

Corfu2021 European Capital of Culture candidacy

DUFI Arts Business Plan

Eastside Arts and Regeneration Programme

Film Hub Scotland & Regional Screen Scotland, Sensing Place

Gallery 37 Creative Apprenticeship Scheme

Grow Wild culture and biodiversity project

Manchester City Council, National Centre for Tolerance proposals

Mull Theatre / An Tobar organisational development

NAC Gallery Feasibility Study

Northamptonshire Creative & Cultural Industries Review and Evaluation

Nottingham Contemporary Sustain Programme

Publishing Scotland European Engagement and Investment Strategy

Reading Concert Hall & Conference Centre redevelopment

Scottish Enterprise River Clyde Tourism Review

University Arts Venues Network Development Plan

Urban Fusion , Capital of Culture legacy project for Birmingham 


Birmingham City Council, Director of Culture, responsible for arts, central library and archives, community development, events, festivals, film and film agency, museums and heritage. 2002 – 2006

Drew Wylie Ltd., Founder and Director of project development, management and evaluation company, 2010 ongoing

Edinburgh City Council, Principal Theatres Officer, responsible for venues and festivals, 1992 – 98

Laban Centre, Research, Course development and Teaching, 1984 – 88

Lambeth Borough Council, Director of Culture, responsible for arts, creative industries, environmental sustainability, libraries and archives, parks and green spaces, sport and leisure 2006 – 2008

Northumberland County Council,  County Arts Officer, working with 6 Districts to establish 3 arts centres, a visual arts and galleries network, and county dance project 1988 – 1992

RGA Consulting, Culture Division,  2008 -2010

Reading Borough Council, Head of Arts & Theatres, directing and programming 3 venues, leading the WOMAD festival partnership and arts development, 1998 – 2002

Urban Fusion Programme, Director, responsible for the programming and delivery of this £4m. Capital of Culture legacy arts regeneration initiative in partnership with national and regional funders 2004 – 2006


Arts in Healthcare Settings International Conference, Glasgow 2015

Arts Management Weekly and Arts Professional, various articles, 2002 – 2012

Association of British Orchestras National Conference, Arts and the Suburbs, 2004

ASCUS Seminar Programme – Arts, Science and Climate Change, 2011

Banff International Symposium of the Arts, publ. 1985

Creative Clusters Conference, Glasgow, Environmental sustainability and festivals, 2008

Creative Entrepreneurship for a Creative Economy, Tallinn, Estonia, 2011

Council of Europe Compendium of Cultural Research, Chair of Research Themes Seminar, Vienna, 2013

Culture.shift, Audience-People-Place, Antwerp 2014 with 2015 publication

Dancer and the Dance, Dance Development in Ireland report, publ. 1985

Edinburgh International Film Audiences Conference, Keynote, 2014

European Association of Cultural Researchers (ECURES), Helsinki, 2012

European Committee of the Regions, Graz, Approaches to Multi-cultural Arts Provision, 2005

Event Scotland, Festival Evaluation Frameworks, 2008

Federation of Scottish Theatres, Environmental sustainability and Theatre, 2010

IETM, Aarhus, Community Projects, 2004 & IETM, Bratislava, Environmental Sustainability & Arts, 2009

Lewisham Youth Leisure Project, Gulbenkian Foundation, publ. 1986

PSI#18 International Theatre Studies Conference, Leeds 2012

Scottish Business Forum: Arts, Business & Technology, 2009

Sustainable Community Energy Investment Forum, 2011

The Right of Access to Culture Conference, Warsaw, 2013

University of Edinburgh, Arts and Urban Regeneration, 2011