Cultural Renewal Taskforce announced

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced that a new taskforce has been created aimed at helping getting the country’s recreation and leisure sector up and running again.

Chaired by Dowden, the Taskforce will also include: Tamara Rojo (English National Ballet); Alex Scott (former England international and Arsenal footballer); Sir Nicholas Serota (chair of Arts Council England); Edward Mellors (Mellors Group Events); Neil Mendoza (commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal, Entrepreneur, publisher and philanthropist); Lord (Michael) Grade of Yarmouth (TV executive and former chair of BBC and ITV); Baroness (Martha) Lane-Fox of Soho (Founder of; and Mark Cornell (Ambassador Theatre Group).

Dowden has also appointed Neil Mendoza as the new Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal. Mendoza will provide an expert and independent voice to the government, and will advise on how UK culture and heritage can begin the road to recovery from the pandemic.

Dowden said: “We are determined to do all we can to help our sectors that are such an incredible part of British life in their recovery. The Taskforce is made up of some of the brightest and best from the cultural, sporting and tech worlds. Experts in their fields, they’ll be instrumental in identifying creative ways to get these sectors up and running again.”

In total, five new ministerial-led taskforces have been set up to develop blueprints for how and when closed businesses and venues can reopen safely.