Alison Clark is Head of Culture, Sport and Tourism at Durham County Council where she is leading the bid for Durham to become the UK City of Culture 2025.
Previously, Alison spent 16 years at Arts Council England. In her final 6 years she was the North West Director & National Director for Combined Arts at Arts Council England. She developed policy, profile and investment across outdoor arts, festivals, arts centres and social arts practice. She also designed and lead the influential Ambition for Excellence programme that had significant impact on large scale festivals and events.