Cultural Advisory Board

The British Council Italy Cultural Advisory Board uses the collective expertise, intelligence and activities of its members to: 

  • Increase the resilience and standing of the UK and Italian culture sectors through sustained dialogue and sharing of knowledge 
  • Enhance the benefits of bilateral cultural relations activities for the UK and Italy  
  • Position culture at the centre of the UK/Italy bilateral relationship 

The Board was established following the positive experience of working with the Italy Programme Board on the UK/Italy Season 2020

Members were appointed to the Board following an open call in March 2021, which sought to secure a complementary range of experiences and knowledge so that the committee reflects the rich diversity of the Italian culture sector.  

The Cultural Advisory Board meets three times a year.

Rachel Launay, Director, British Council Italy is the Chair of the Cultural Advisory Board. Jill Morris CMG, HM Ambassador to Italy and San Marino,  also sits on the Board.

Meet our board members:

  • Leonardo Alfonsi, Science Communicator and Director, Psiquadro
  • Diana Anselmo, Student and activist, Vice President of Al.Di.Qua. Artists, Ambassador Europe Beyond Access for Oriente Occidente (Venice)
  • Ugo Bacchella, President, Fondazione Fitzcarraldo
  • Andrea Cusumano, Artist, academic and Artistic Director of the International Literatures Festival, Rome.
  • Linda Di Pietro, Chief Cultural Officer BASE Milano
  • Fabrizio Grifasi, General and Artistic Director, Romaeuropa Foundation
  • Francesco Mannino, Cultural Manager and President, Associazione Officine Culturali Impresa Sociale ETS (Catania)
  • Professor Cav. Simon Mordant AO, Executive Co-Chairman Luminis Partner in affiliation with Evercore
  • Prof. Federica Olivares, Director, International Program in Cultural Diplomacy, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan)
  • Maria Nevina Satta, CEO of Sardegna Film Commission (Cagliari)
  • Massimiliano Tonelli, Editorial Director, Artribune
  • Kathryn Weir, Director, Madre - museum of contemporary art Donnaregina, Naples