Cultural Enterprises Podcast – Journeys

The Cultural Enterprises Podcast is a place to think about your role in Cultural Enterprises – what’s the latest thinking in the sector, and how can you learn from the experiences of others?

Inspired by her own journey, Association for Cultural Enterprises’ Chief Executive, Jill Fenwick, chats to sector leaders about their own personal journeys – how did they get to where they are, what advice do they have for the next generation, and how do they see the future of the sector, post-pandemic?


Kingston Myles – Head of Commercial Development, English Heritage

How did a law graduate end up developing sustainable ranges of crisps for English Heritage? It’s fair to say Kingston Myles hasn’t had the most traditional career path. From nightclubs and festivals to the cultural sector, hear how Kingston transitioned from the 5-9 to the 9-5…

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Matthew Henderson – Product Development Manager, Beamish

Hear how an apprenticeship at sixteen took Matthew Henderson away from a potential career training owls for a living(!) and helped mould him into one of the sector’s most creative and enthusiastic leaders…

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Adam Thow – Head of Commercial Activities, Kew Gardens

The Sir John Soane’s Museum. The Natural History Museum. The Southbank Centre. The Barbican. Kew Gardens. Hear how Adam Thow’s career has taken him to some of the most spectacular venues in London, and what he believes is next for the cultural enterprises sector…

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Rita Rooney – Retail, Buying and Merchandising Manager, Museum of London

From the high street to cultural sector, Rita Rooney tells us all about her career, including planning for the Museum of London’s future, the importance of making mistakes, and developing a range based on a fatberg!

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Caroline Brown – Head of Commercial Services, British Library

In this open, honest, and passionate episode, Caroline Brown, Head of Commercial Services at the British Library, and Chair of the Association for Cultural Enterprises, tells us how growing up in a small, working class Welsh village helped shape her entire career…

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Karen O’Connor – Director of Commercial Enterprises, National Museums Liverpool

Karen O’Connor is one of the sector’s most popular figures – a Cultural Enterprises Award for Outstanding Contribution in 2020 is testament to this! Hear how her journey took her to being Director of Commercial Enterprises at National Museums Liverpool after abandoning early dreams of a career making ballet tutus (no, really).

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