Neil Mendoza appointed as Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal

Neil Mendoza has been appointed as the Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal. As Commissioner Mr Mendoza will provide independent expert advice to the government on how UK culture and heritage can recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Mendoza has been tasked with gathering innovative ideas for renewal and ensuring important bodies such as Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England work with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to develop and support the sector.

He is Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, Chair of The Landmark Trust and the Illuminated River Foundation, and recently retired as a Commissioner at Historic England. He has been a Non-Executive Director at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport since 2016 and led the Mendoza Review of Museums in England (2017).

Welcoming the appointment, Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“Neil Mendoza has been a champion of art and culture throughout his career and I am delighted that he will bring his extensive experience in the creative, heritage and business sectors to his appointment as Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal. Culture and creativity will be vital to rebuilding communities across the country and in sustaining our international standing as a creative nation. Helping the sector to reopen is a priority for the Arts Council and I very much look forward to working with Neil in support of the aims of the taskforce.”

As part of the Cultural Renewal taskforce (focusing on recreation and leisure) announced last week, an Entertainment and Events Working Group will now be created, bringing together representatives from around the country to develop advice and guidance on the reopening of cultural venues across the nation, helping to get employees back to work and audiences once again enjoying the UK’s thriving cultural sector.