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Sue Hayton (Cultural Institute, UoL)

Steering Group Member
University of Leeds
Cultural Institute
Director, Cultural Institute, University of Leeds

Sue Hayton has played a key role in the development of the Cultural Institute at the University of Leeds, launched in 2016. As Associate Director, she provides leadership to realise its vision to develop pioneering interdisciplinary research, widen cultural engagement and enhance opportunities for students, for the benefit of society as a whole.

While at Leeds, Sue has successfully established and built upon the University’s relationships with external creative sector partners. She has introduced innovative approaches such as the Leeds Creative Labs programme that facilitate cross domain working - pairing academics with creative innovators, securing long term partnership projects and levering in additional funding for activities – fostering tangible benefits to communities across the UK. Alongside consortium partners, Sue led on the development of the national Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy training programme for the sector, resulting in the creation of the first accredited Summer School in Fundraising and Leadership. With over £2million of Arts Council funding, the programme is training the next generation of arts fundraisers.

Sue joined the University of Leeds in 2012, following a successful career in the creative and cultural sector, spanning dance, festivals, galleries, museums and theatre. She has worked as a director, producer, consultant and trustee. Highlights include establishing the first South Asian Dance Education agency in Yorkshire, and securing funding for the creation of the unique South Asian Music Youth Orchestra SAMYO. Sue’s work on a three-month festival in Bradford was short-listed for the British Gas Awards for Arts-led Regeneration.

Sue founded her own consultancy in 1997, which led the field in evaluating inter-disciplinary partnerships serving clients such as The National Trust, Arts Council England, Youth Music and The National Portrait Gallery. Her work with the Heritage Lottery Fund informed the establishment of the Young Roots programme which at instigation distributed £5 million funding for young people’s heritage projects.

Sue has advised charity trustees and non-governmental organisations, been invited to present at national and international conferences, and initiated research into creative knowledge transfer exploring the role of artist as researcher.