Spotlight Series: Arts Administration | 19-Apr-2017 | 17:30 – 19:00 | SHEW-2.07, Strand Campus

The Spotlight Series is a set of panel events for King’s PhDs and research staff. Featuring employers, often alumni, who have PhDs, the panel seeks to give an insight into different sectors that are often attractive to people looking to move beyond academia. Attend to find out more, ask those questions and be inspired to think differently about your professional future. More details available at Case studies of other PhD and research staff alumni available at



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Dr. Ben Cowell

Ben Cowell is Director General of the Historic Houses Association. He has nearly 20 years’ experience of the cultural and heritage sectors, having previously worked for the National Trust, English Heritage, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. He is also Deputy Chairman of The Heritage Alliance, which represents more than 100 independent heritage charities.

Dr. Rachel Souhami

Rachel Souhami is a museum consultant with over 20 years’ experience specialising in exhibition production, from masterplanning new museums to advising on small exhibitions. Her consultancy is informed by her academic research, which examines the contexts, processes and practises of exhibition making. Rachel also trains museum professionals, Masters students and others in exhibition production. She produces events that encourage engagement and debate between cultural professionals, academics and interested publics, including the widely acclaimed Museums Showoff. Rachel has written and spoken widely about museums, exhibitions and policy.

Dr. Danielle Thom

Danielle Thom is a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, specialising in 18th century art. Recently, she was acting Research Curator for four months, during which she co-curated the V&A exhibition ‘A World of Fragile Parts’, which is currently on display at the Venice Architecture Biennale (May-Nov 2016). Rachel has since returned to her post of Assistant Curator, working across the departments of Sculpture and Prints at the V&A. Rachel’s research specialisms are British 18th century sculpture and print culture; and her AHRC-funded PhD thesis was on the topic of 18th century caricatures and comic prints.

Danielle is one of the AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers for 2015-16, and is in the process of researching and writing a book about the work of 18th century sculptor Joseph Nollekens. Rachel is an occasional broadcaster for BBC Radio 3 and a contributor to ‘Apollo’ magazine; and has been a part-time Teaching Fellow in the History of Art department at UCL.


Hannah Dye
Student Engagement Coordinator | Cultural Institute

Hannah, a graduate of both Liverpool and Chester Universities, has worked within arts administration for over 8 years. She is currently Student Engagement Coordinator, Cultural Institute at King’s College London. Prior to this role, she was Learning Producer at inclusive contemporary dance company Candoco where she was responsible for the strategic development and delivery of an extensive national and international Learning programme. Hannah Produced key projects including a re-staging of Jerome Bel’s The Show Must Go On, a choreographic mentoring programme in Armenia and Candoco’s annual International Lab for professional artists.  She developed key partnerships between Candoco and Tate Britain, Kenwood House, Islington Council, Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music & Dance and The Place.  Hannah started her career within Creative Learning at Sadler’s Wells where she co-ordinated a range of projects for young people, working closely with Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists.