10 March 2010

Laura Sillars our Programmes Director here at FACT has been recognised as one of the most talented and ambitious women in the UK cultural and creative industries, after being included on the Cultural Leadership Programme’s national list of ‘Women to Watch.’

The inaugural list has been established to profile the incredible achievements of 50 talented women leaders, including Laura, who will have a huge impact on the cultural life of the UK in years to come.

These women are already making a significant contribution to industries including design, libraries, literature, museums, heritage, music, performing and visual arts, the historic environment and creative businesses and have the potential to become influential and established senior leaders in the sector within the next few years.

In particular Laura has been recognised for her ability to reach beyond a core constituency of artists, curators, directors, art historians and educators and build relationships across communities and different kinds of organisations.

Laura is one of six women from the Northwest, and one of only two women working in Liverpool.

Laura achievements will be celebrated at an evening reception on 10 March, held at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London. She will also be invited to become part of an ongoing ‘women to watch’ network.

Mike Stubbs, CEO/Director at FACT said:
“We are really proud of Laura and this fantastic achievement here at FACT.  Laura represents the value of collaborative working in the arts and demonstrates a different approach to management and leadership - essential in these recessionary times. It’s an honour to have her as part of team.”

As well as celebrating talented women within the sector, the list has also been established to address the lack of women in positions of senior leadership by inspiring and encouraging more women to aim for the top.

CLP received almost 200 high-quality nominations, from across the UK. After much deliberation these were whittled down by the high-profile judging panel - made up of figures from the cultural and creative industries, the media and popular culture and chaired by Jenni Murray OBE, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour – to the final list of 50.

Jenni Murray said:
“I speak for the whole judging panel when I say that arriving at a final list from such a high quality and quantity of nominations was both a delight and a challenge. While we are obviously celebrating the achievements of outstanding individuals, it is also important to see these women as a collective force and as representative of women’s potential to reach the top of their game within this, and any other, sector. Congratulations and watch this space!”

To find out more, visit the Women to Watch website.