The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto Conference 2022

20th May 2022 - The Royal Albert Hall


9.30 - 10am Attendees arrive for meet and greet. Conference packs distributed.
10 - 10.05am Welcome and introduction from Rachael Christophides (The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto) followed by a few words from Ed Cobbold (The Royal Albert Hall).
10.05am Anita Kerwin-nye (Every Child Should) takes over as compere and introduces video from Justine Simons OBE.
10.05 - 10.10am Video speech by Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor of London for Culture & the Creative Industries.
10.10 – 10.30am Tiger de Souza, MBE - People Engagement Director at The National Trust.
10.30 – 10.45am Jadorekid - Artist in Residence at the Cartoon Museum.

Jacadi Nicholas – Jadorekid’s Sister.

Amba Malekin-Goneni – Outreach Lead at the Cartoon Museum.

10.45 – 11.25am


The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) Panel.
  • Dr Claire Penketh – Associate Professor for Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University.
  • Dr Carol Wild – Institute of Education at University College London.
  • Linda Rocco – Lead Curator & Creative Producer of The Liberty Festival.
  • Elise Robinson – Drama Teacher at Queensmill School.
  • Paul Morrow – Co-Founder, Cultural Inclusion Manifesto

11.25 -11.50 am - Break with refreshments

11.50 – 12.10 pm Jenny Mollica, Director of Strategy & Engagement at the English National Opera (ENO), on the social impact of culture.
12.10 pm – 12.15 pm Stuart Whatmore – The Tri-Borough Music Hub.
12.15 – 12.30pm Katherine Sparkes MBE – Charity Changemaker & Founder of Flamingo Chicks.
12.30 – 12.45 pm Jodi-Alissa Bickerton - Creative Learning Director at Graeae Theatre Company
12.45 – 1.05pm Stephen Kingdom, Campaign Manager for the Disabled Children’s Partnership, to present new research on the impact of the pandemic.
1.05 – 1 .20pm Kay Charles - CEO of the Compass Learning Partnership Trust.
1.20 – 2.00pm - Lunch
2.00 – 2.50pm Roundtable discussions on future direction of The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto. Anita Kerwin-nye to introduce.
2.50 – 3pm Closing remarks by Paul Morrow (The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto).

Speaker Biographies


Justine Simmons OBE Deputy Mayor of London for Culture and the Creative Industries. “Culture is in London’s DNA. It has the power to transform communities and to bring people closer together. That’s why the Mayor and I want all Londoners to have access to our city’s cultural destinations. The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto is a wonderful initiative that will help improve access to arts and culture for disabled children and young people”
Tiger de Souza

People Engagement Director at National Trust

I am a versatile and accomplished Inclusion, Volunteering and OD strategist with a record of delivering results and supporting organisational change. I'm both analytical and curious and prefer using evidence, data and insight to shape future strategy. I am an infectiously enthusiastic leader with a commitment to collaboration and a passion to improve our world.

Artist in Residence at the Cartoon Museum

Jadorekid (JK) is widely recognised as a cartoonist, graffiti artist and digital designer. Jadorekid’s artwork features his characters – The Jadoodles - these come in all shapes and sizes, showcasing expressions, emotions and feelings - reminding us to make time for them all! At just 16 years old JK’s artwork has held residency in the SAATCHI Gallery and the Coal Drops Yard. As a member of The Serpentine gallery’s youth collective the Serpentine Studios, he was lauded for his live art performance and collection exhibited at the Serpentine Pavilion during an event his collective produced. In late 2021, JK independently designed and published his own Christmas colouring book and prints. In spring 2022, JK celebrated his 17th birthday announcing his new venture as the first Young Cartoonist in Residence at The Cartoon Museum.
The Cartoon Museum The Cartoon Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to British cartoons and caricatures dating back to the 17th century. Due to the fact cartoons are used in symbol language as well as comic book conversations the museum is turning part of its outreach and family offer towards SEND, beginning with focusing on autism as a logical starting point. After being awarded funding by The Foyle Foundation this year the museum can trail out new programmes and to take the necessary time to learn and work with families to ensure our SEND work is appropriate and beneficial to families. This work has involved the introduction of Relaxed Mondays, SEND specific schools workshops and a new residency program.

This talk will be focused on the residency giving a perspective from Amba the Community Engagement Officer who is organising the residency as well as Jadore an artist and the "Young Cartoonist In Residences".

Jenny Mollica

Director of Strategy and Engagement at the English National Opera (ENO),

Responsible for leading organisational strategy and the ENO’s learning and participation programme, ENO Engage. Since joining the ENO in June 2020 Jenny has been responsible for the strategic design and development of a range of new participatory programmes and initiatives. Highlights include the 2021 RPS Impact Award for ENO Breathe, an arts and health collaboration with Imperial College Healthcare Trust for people recovering from COVID-19.

Prior to this, Jenny was Director of Creative Learning at the Barbican and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she worked for just over a decade on a range of participatory arts programmes across visual arts, theatre, dance, film, music and literature. Highlights include the flagship schools programme, Barbican Box; launching the London training centre for the world’s first disabled-led youth orchestra, the National Open Youth Orchestra, in partnership with Open Up Music; and a National Creative Learning Award for the department’s partnership with The Garden School in Hackney, a school for learners with autism.

Jenny trained at postgraduate level as both an artist and educator. She has a Masters in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University and the Russian Institute of Theatre Art (GITIS), a PGCE from the University of Greenwich and an MA (Hons) from the University of St Andrews. She is a trustee on the Board of the Clod Ensemble.

Stuart Whatmore

Head of the Tri-borough Music Hub

TBMH is the lead organisation for music education in three London Boroughs (Hammersmith & Fulham; Kensington & Chelsea; Westminster). He is committed to developing high-quality music education for all pupils across all school settings and phases to ensure that they can genuinely benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum. With a background as a professional musician and as a qualified teacher, Stuart has brought both these areas of experience together in his continued passion for ensuring that all pupils can access first-rate, equitable, progressive, and outstanding music education.

He has been Head of the TBMH since September 2014 overseeing the strategic development and expansion of music activity in and out of schools with high levels of engagement. Alongside this, Stuart helped establish a brand-new sister-charity of the TBMH, (Musical Boroughs Trust), launched in May 2019 with the purpose of bringing additional financial future proofing to the Music Hub.

Stuart is a highly focused, skilled, and clear communicator who works closely with leading arts and creative organisations in London, the UK and abroad. He has a deep and broad knowledge of the education sector and is known for having a track-record of trail-blazing innovative arts/music education initiatives and programmes, including several award-winning multi-school performance programmes in the Royal Albert Hall.

He is the Chair of the London region of Music Education Hubs for Music Mark, also sitting on the National Advisory group. In addition, since 2020 he has been one of the original members of the national ‘Challenge, Change and Culture’ group focused on tackling issues connected with representation, equity, diversity, and inclusion in music education.

Stuart regularly speaks at music education conferences; plans and delivers a range of CPD; has strategic links and direct access to Headteachers, governors and senior leaders in Local Authorities, including working with Ofsted / HMI on current issues affecting music education; and is a conductor at high-profile music performances with massed pupils/schools.

Previous roles have been at Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Service, and East Sussex Music Service; and before this a freelance percussionist performing with English National Ballet, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and various contemporary ensembles.

Katherine Sparkes MBE

Founder of Flamingo Chicks

Katherine Sparkes MBE is an entrepreneur and charity changemaker. She helps businesses function ethically and responsibly as well as providing consultancy services to the third sector. She's Founder and CEO of inclusive dance charity Flamingo Chicks ( and also CEO of Science charity, Lightyear Foundation - breaking down barriers to disabled children taking part in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (

She’s won numerous awards for her contribution to the global community including JCI’s Ten Young Outstanding Young Persons of the World, a Point of Light from the Prime Minister and made the Independent’s ‘Happy List’ for improving the lives of others. Most recently, she was awarded an MBE in the 2022 New Year's Honours for services to disabled children and their families. Katherine is also mum to two children - her daughter has athetoid cerebral palsy.

Jodi-Alissa Bickerton

Creative Learning Director at Graeae Theatre Company

Jodi is also a Trustee of Drake Music, GIANTS Theatre Company and Project Phakama UK.

Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre, boldly placing Deaf and disabled actors centre stage and challenging preconceptions. Graeae presents a unique approach which:

-          Boldly places Deaf and disabled artists centre-stage in a diversity of new and existing plays

-          Pioneers a radical dramatic language by exploring the “aesthetics of access”, creatively embedding a range of tools such as audio description and sign language from the very beginning of the artistic process

-          Explores new territory and theatrical genres – from contemporary classics to musicals, to outdoor circuit… with sway poles and giant puppets!

Stephen Kingdom

Campaign Manager for the Disabled Children’s Partnership

Stephen is Campaign Manager of the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) and Director of the Pears Foundation Learning Hub.  The DCP is a coalition of more than 100 charities campaigning for improved support for disabled children and their families.  The Learning Hub is a partnership between the DCP and Pears Foundation set up to research the impact of the covid pandemic on disabled children and their families and how the voluntary sector has responded to it.

Prior to moving to the voluntary sector, Stephen spent 25 years working in the Civil Service, in the Department for Education and the Department of Health.  During that time, he worked on a wide range of policy areas, including being head of Academies policy in the early days of the programme; overseeing school and local authority education funding; and leading the 2014 reforms to special educational needs and disability.

Kay Charles B.Ed., MA, NPQH

CEO and Executive Headteacher of Compass Learning Partnership a Multi Academy Trust.

Compass Learning includes two large outstanding special schools, The Village and Woodfield Schools, located in the London Borough of Brent. Kay led on two mergers and a ground-breaking new build for the Village School which won the social project of the year award in 2013. Kay has been a headteacher for over twenty years and completed a secondment to Ofsted HMI in 2007, conducting inspections across all phases and sectors. Kay is the Chair of the Brent Schools Partnership, an innovative school improvement service, with a membership of 65 Brent schools, and educational provisions. Kay is a member of a number of strategic groups which include funding reviews, commissioning, Post 19 education and feedback to national regulators. Kay has conducted a number of SEND, Safeguarding and leadership reviews in other boroughs, counties and multi academy trusts including East Sussex, City of London, ATT and LB Sutton. Brent Schools Partnership has recently been leading on a black Caribbean and dual heritage achievement programme across all Brent schools and a leadership, coaching and successionplanning project. Compass Learning Partnership champions children and young people with complex needs and disabilities. Our pupils are entitled to be included and make their best progress within the context of an exciting educational journey, which promotes independence. Both schools have diversity and inclusion flagship awards and an excellent reputation for outstanding continuing professional development.
Anita Kerwin-Nye

Co-founder of Every Child Should.


Anita has over thirty years in charity and education and draws on a wealth of successes and failures, networks and nuance to find new approaches to age old problems. A qualified teacher and youth worker Anita’s work is rooted in her experiences working with some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country.

Currently Executive Director for the YHA Anita has worked for many UK charities and established numerous consortiums to tackle specific issues around speech and language, SEN workforce development and access to the outdoors – often through securing and running seven figure statutory contracts across DFID, Department for Education, and Department of Health. Anita also helps major funders review their approaches to grant making.

Anita recognised that no matter what role her attention was drawn to the needs of the same half a million young people, the country’s most vulnerable. Those who consistently access public capital the least and who would benefit from it the most. Addressing this inequality has become Anita's career commitment and forms the basis of her campaign, Every Child Should.

A Fellow of CIPD she has a long career in organisational development and as a Fellow of RSA she encapsulates their mantra of “think like a system; act like an entrepreneur”

Every Child Should


Cultural Inclusion is supported by Every Child Should - a campaign to ensure all children can access a rich and rounded set of experiences by the time they are 18. Every Child Should promotes the skills and resources young adults need to navigate life and to ensure these reach the half of a million children in the UK likely to need them the most.
Royal Albert Hall “We, the Royal Albert Hall, commit to the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto because we fundamentally believe that all children and young people should have the right to access high quality arts and culture. Currently there is not equal access for children and young people with disabilities, and we are committed to working with partner organisations to address this across the arts sector. We recognise the power of arts and culture in supporting education, health and wellbeing for all young people. We believe that cultural organisations have the duty to reflect all of society, and we feel that the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto offers the opportunity to work strategically amongst a number of partners to ensure that we can do this to best effect.”
Paul Morrow

Co-founder, Cultural Inclusion Manifesto CIC

Paul has spent 16 years working in SEND education, teaching art at Westminster Special schools. He has a MA in Art and Design in Education and a Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education from the Institute of Education.

Alongside his teaching he has worked as a consultant and founded the West London Inclusive Arts Festival. Paul is currently writing a book on art, culture, and inclusion for NASEN (National Association for Special Educational needs) Paul is a practicing artist and shows at regularly at art fairs and with his gallery Thomas Spencer Fine Art.

Paul has just completed a book to be published by Routledge as part of NASEN's (National Association of Special Education Needs) on art, culture and inclusion entitled Inclusion in Action in Art and Culture. The book offers practical guidance and case studies to support inclusion and inclusive practices within this space. Paul also sits on the advisory group of the Mayor’s flagship Liberty Festival celebrating D/deaf, neurodivergent and disabled artists and disabled-led arts.

Rachael Christophides

Co-founder, Cultural Inclusion Manifesto CIC


Rachael is a senior communications and campaigns professional with over 20 years’ experience of influencing in the public and voluntary sector -especially on the rights of disabled children and adults.

Rachael started her career in Parliament before moving to the voluntary sector, working for national disability charities. She played a key role in shaping the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and has researched and published influential reports and has contributed to numerous government consultations on disability issues.

Matt Overd

Co-founder of Every Child Should.

An experienced third sector leader and expert in outcomes-based strategy development, implementation and evaluation. Having worked for very large, medium and very small charities, he now provides consultancy support to a range of organisations.

Matt has particular interest in individual and community resilience, youth led approaches, conflict resolution, disabilities and inclusion, user engagement and humanitarianism.



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