---Culture, Development and the Art of Change

Stephen Garrett (MSc)

35 Beauchamp Street, Riverside, Cardiff CF11 6AX
Tel: 029 2022 7982; 0781 4770450; e: culturalconcerns@onetel.com


2009: MSc. Regeneration Studies – City and Regional Planning Dept., Cardiff University, U.K.
1998: Fellowship, School for Social Entrepreneurs. London
1978: B.A. (Hons. 1st), Communication Arts and Media; Leeds University, U.K.
1961 - 1968, Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby, Liverpool, UK. (2 A levels: 7 O levels).

Current Main Employment:

Chair/Director – RCMA Social Enterprise Ltd. (riversidemarket.org.uk); overseeing the management and development of Cardiff’s farmers’ markets and a range of food and health related outreach and education programmes in the local community; providing advice and support to local food initiatives; and developing the RCMA Market Garden, an intensive local horticulture enterprise. I am included in the 2009 Sustain Wales ‘Green List’ of environmental activists was winner in the Environment section of the 2010 Inspire Wales Awards and shortlisted in the 2011 Leading Wales Awards in the Social Enterprise section.

Running Cultural Concerns, a small freelance company with a focus on linking creative activities with community regeneration. Work includes organising projects; international cultural collaborations and exchanges; community arts policy development; arts project fundraising, monitoring and evaluation; lecturing in community arts management

Other Current Occupations:

Applicant Advisor - Local Food Programme: Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.
Skillshare Mentor - Making Local Food Work programme: Plunkett Foundation
‘Dynamo’ Role Model - Welsh Assembly programme to create entrepreneurially aware young people.
Community Reporter – BBC Radio Wales
Freelance Project Manager/Consultant – Wales Arts International
Consultant Team member – F3, The Local Food Consultants.

Voluntary Positions Currently Held:

Welsh Assembly Government - Agrifood Partnership Forum (S.E. Wales);
Wales Sustainable Supply Chain Initiaitive - steering committee member.
Cardiff Food and Health Strategy - Development Group member
Vice-Chair (formerly Chair): Wales Association of Community Artists
Treasurer (formerly Chair): Riverside Festival Association.
Board Member – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff;
Chair - Chapter Trading Ltd.
School Governor – Severn Primary School, Cardiff.
Coordinator and Chair: Riverside Festival Association.
Board Member – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Chair, Chapter Trading Ltd
School Governor – Severn Primary School, Cardiff.

Selected Past Positions:

Food Standard Agency - Advisory Committee for Community Engagement 2006 - 2009
Welsh Assembly Government - Quality of Food: Task and Finish Group 2008
Wales Regional Panel Member, U.K. Sustainable Development Commission 2007 - 2010
Arts Council of Wales (ACW): Council Member, April 2000 – April 2004
Commission Member: Commission for Community Music Activity - International Society of Music Educators (ISME), June 1998 – June 2004
Board Member: Sound Sense (Development Agency for Community Music), 2001 - 2003
Chair: South Riverside Regeneration Forum, 1999 – 2001

Examples of Recent Project Work:

2005 - 2007: Designed and delivered “Organising Community Events” course for Welsh Refugee Council clients and for YMCA Community College, Cardiff

January/ February 2005: Delivered “Fundraising and Proposal Writing” workshops for the British Council to artists and arts organisations in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.

2004/2005: Visiting Lecturer, University of Glamorgan (Arts In The Community MA course) and Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (Community Arts MA course).
2002/2003 : Visiting Lecturer, University of Limerick (MA course in Community Music).

July 2002 – December 2003: Event Manager, ‘A Sense of Place’ – major four-day British Council sponsored international conference looking at the role of the arts and culture in relation to the integration of displaced people and asylum seekers.


Alongside my passion for local food , I have remained involved with playing music - as a singer-songwriter and in a duo with a Japanese Koto player and ceilidh band; as a music director and musician for groups such as No Fit State Circus and Rubicon Dance; and as a musician with the Brazilian dance group Patua Dance. I have dual UK/Canadian citizenship) and speak Spanish, French and Slovak moderately well, and some Welsh. I enjoy walking, gardening and DIY. I am currently renovating a vintage VW camper, and kept busy by my seven-year old son. I’m experienced in all aspects of IT communication and Internet use and I’m an enthusiastic Apple Mac user.

Academic Referees:

Dr Gillian Bristow
Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography
School of City and Regional Planning
Cardiff University
Room 1.54, Glamorgan Building
+44 (0)29 208 75388

Prof Kevin Morgan
Professor of Governance and Development
Cardiff University
Room 2.66, Glamorgan Building
+44 (0)29 208 76090

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