Robin Cantrill-Fenwick today joins the Association for Cultural Enterprises in the new role of Director of Digital and Communications, to lead the delivery of an ambitious digital transformation programme.

The Association for Cultural Enterprises, a unique UK-wide organisation supporting trading and commercial activities in the cultural sector, recently joined Arts Council England’s National Portfolio as a Sector Support Organisation and is now expanding. 

Remaining fully committed to serving and growing its membership base across the UK and Europe with training, development and networking opportunities, the Association will in addition offer online training to all cultural organisations in England.

Robin Cantrill-Fenwick joins the Association from Colchester’s Mercury Theatre, where he was Deputy Executive Director. He has extensive experience in delivering digital transformation across multiple sectors, including at the National Trust, The Royal Society, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, University of Westminster, and for a major political party.

Highlights of the Association’s digital plans for the next three years include:

  • Converting the Association’s successful Retail Resilience Programme into an online resource
  • The launch of an extensive on-demand online academy offering training across eight disciplines
  • A major expansion in the provision of sector-leading content, including podcasts and practical toolkits
  • Live webinar training and development
  • The expansion of Museum Shop Sunday
  • The development of the Association’s unique Retail Benchmarker platform

Robin is joined by the Association’s Communications and Media Manager Joanne Whitworth, and Ted Harris who is newly appointed as Digital Communications Officer. Ted joins the Association from Chetham’s School of Music and the Stoller Hall, where he was responsible for a large re-branding project.

Robin Cantrill-Fenwick MCIPR, Director of Digital and Communications said:

“Trading and commercial activities are vital to the current and future resilience of the cultural sector, and so I’m thrilled to be joining the Association for Cultural Enterprises at a time when its work has never been more needed and valued. The Association’s existing membership is drawn from organisations large and small across the UK and beyond, and I anticipate continued membership growth in the years ahead.

With the backing of Arts Council England as a Sector Support Organisation, over the next three years we will significantly elevate our role in equipping the sector with essential commercial skills.”



Robin Cantrill-Fenwick can be contacted at

Robin Cantrill-Fenwick
By Robin Cantrill-Fenwick
Robin is the Director of Digital and Communications for the Association for Cultural Enterprises, he was formerly Deputy Executive Director of the Mercury Theatre Colchester
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