Our Steering Group of reputable organisations from Poole's Arts and Culture community have overall responsibility for the development and delivery
of the programme.
Opened in 1978, Lighthouse was conceived as a receiving venue with the vision of injecting cultural provision into Dorset and providing a new home for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO). They are the centre of excellence for live performance, film and visual art in the South West, providing a dynamic, world-class cultural facility for Poole, Dorset and beyond, playing a vital role as a nationally important cultural building where creative work is made, rehearsed, discussed, shared and presented.
Lighthouse Poole is represented by Elspeth McBain, Chief Executive, since moving from London 2009, where she had worked as Director of Theatre Management at English National Opera and Head of Programme Planning, then Project Director, at Southbank Centre and Head of Programming at
SoundStorm is the award-winning Music Education Agency for the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole conurbation, in South West England. Set within the new BCP Council, we are the lead partner of the BCP Music Education Hub working with a range of cultural organisations and freelance educators both locally and nationally to enrich the school music curriculum.
SoundStorm have developed a national reputation for exciting, ground-breaking music education projects. These projects are developed through a variety of partnerships; with music and education sector partners. Enriching the musical life of young people throughout Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, these projects offer inspirational opportunities for young people to engage with music in all its forms and genres and explore their innate creativity.
Dan Somogyi is lead of the Bournemouth/ Poole Music Education Hub, Chair of the Cultural Education Partnership, an experienced music programmer, performer and freelance consultant on learning and participation in the arts.
Compact Culture is a key driver for positive change, socially, environmentally and economically. Our aim, as the Cultural Compact is to create new level of strategic partnerships that champions culture through a whole place approach, engaging all our communities in shaping our collective and diverse culture.
Working across sectors the Compact will connect culture, communities, education, health and wellbeing providers, business, transport, planning, the environment and tourism.
Michael Spender represents BCP Cultural Compact as Head of Culture, having been lead officer for arts and culture for BCP Council, including the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Cultural Enquiry and the development of a cultural strategy and Poole Museum Manager from 2007 - 2022. Under his direction Poole Museum has become the most visited free attraction in Dorset and responsible body of the Arts Council funded Wessex Museums Partnership.
Andrea Francis – Cultural Development Manager, BCP Council Overseeing the design and delivery of the Cultural Programme, ensuring integration with other cultural activity delivered by BCP Council.
Jenny Fawcett-Gray - Project Support Officer, BCP Council. Working at Poole Museum in the Our Museum Project team and with a keen interest in local history, Jenny coordinates the HSHAZ Cultural Programme and is thrilled to be part of an enthusiastic team bringing heritage stories to the Poole High Street community.