Performing Arts

Chris Huxley

Senior Lecturer – Creative Events Management

BA Hons American Studies (University of Sussex); PG Certificate in Management (University of Exeter); Fellow of the HIgher Education Academy

Biography

Chris Huxley is a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) degree programme specialising in event management and strategic planning. Chris studied American Literature at the University of Sussex (including a stint on exchange at University of Massachusetts) before embarking on a twenty five year career in arts and event management.  This career has included senior management posts at Camden Festival, SouthbankCentre and Bridport Arts Centre. He has managed and overseen live events of every conceivable scale ranging from national celebrations of music to poetry readings in village halls. Chris studied on the MBA programme at University of Exeter from 2009 – 2012 gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies (Management). He began his career in HE as a Visiting Tutor at Dartington College of Arts in 2001 and also taught on the MA Cultural Futures programme at the University of Sussex.  Chris is also a trained Action Learning Facilitator with a focus on leadership development in the cultural sector. As a co-Director of his own consultancy business, West Mead Creative, Chris oversaw the delivery of ‘AMONITE’ – Dorset’s groundbreaking cultural leadership programme which formed part of the national Cultural Leadership Programme ‘Meeting the Challenge’, supported by Arts Council England. He has run many leadership events for established and emerging leaders including two conferences in collaboration with AUB. As a consultant and facilitator, Chris has worked for dozens of clients in the cultural and creative events sector including the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team, Dorset Visual Arts, DiverseCity, Arts Council England South West, Crying Out Loud, Activate Performing Arts, Dorchester Arts, West Dorset District Council and Dorset County Council.

Professional practice

Chris specialises in strategic management and event planning for the cultural sector. He is currently unit leader on Strategic Planning (L6), Client Brief and Creative Entrepreneurship (L5). He also teaches on the Dissertation (L6), Work Placement (L5) and Understanding the Events Industry (L4) units. Since 2016 he has been year leader for Level 5. Chris’ research interests include the relationship between experiential learning and the idea of student resilience. Chris acted in the role of External Examiner to the BA (Hons) Creative Events Management degree at Falmouth University (2010 – 14) and currently serves as an External Examiner to the BA Hons Music Business and Arts Management programme at Middlesex University. He has also been Academic supervisor to Claire Hodgson, a Clore Foundation Fellow and recipient of a £100k award for development of her work in integrated theatre practice. His work with Claire and her company, DiverseCity Uk, has included co-hosting a regional leadership conference at Pavilion Dance South West in February 2014 attended by over 70 cultural leaders from across the South West. Chris serves as a member of the Faculty Board for the School of Media & Performance and also sits on the School’s Production Board. He was a Board member of Activate Performing Arts from 2010 – 2014 and acting Chair from 2014 – 17. He also chaired Dorset Arts Promoters Forum and the Dorset Theatre Consortium and was on the Steering Committee for the world’s first ukulele musical ‘Flea’ in 2018. 

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2012)
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