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Andrea Stark

Andrea Stark

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Andrea is a founder and first Chief Executive of High House Production Park (HHPP) in Thurrock, a new charity established to advance culture-led regeneration and growth.

Located on an inspirational fourteen acre site, designed to accommodate a live events rehearsal and production space, theatrical production workshops and artists’ workspaces. HHPP is shared with resident partners Royal Opera House, Creative and Cultural Skills, ACME Studios and Thurrock Council .It is close to London and in the heart of Europe’s largest regeneration area.

Previously a member of the National Executive Board of Arts Council England, with responsibility for two regions and for its national work to shape public policy beyond the cultural sector.

In 1999 Andrea became Chief Executive of Eastern Arts Board where she devised a highly successful investment strategy that generated over £125 million in funding for a series of world class arts centres.
 
As arts chief for Dundee City Council and the City of Sunderland, Andrea led major regeneration projects to position the arts as a driver of local economic development.

Extensive practical experience of brokering collective ambition, generating new resources, often in unlikely places , to create major projects that make a lasting impact. An influential advocate, generating new ideas for the role culture can play at the heart of public policy and strategy at a national and local level .

After completing postgraduate studies in cultural policy at University of Birmingham, Andrea's early career was in youth and community theatre in London.