Representatives from the arts, cultural and sporting worlds have joined a new taskforce aimed at helping to get the country’s recreation and leisure sector up and running again. The taskforce will be chaired by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden.
Responsible for supporting the return of leisure and hospitality businesses, representatives joining the Cultural Renewal Taskforce include:
- Tamara Rojo from English National Ballet
- Sports Broadcaster and former England international, Alex Scott
- Sir Nicholas Serota from Arts Council England
- Former Chair of BBC and ITV, Lord Michael Grade
- Edward Mellors of Mellors Group Events
- Neil Mendoza, Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal
- Founder of LastMinute.com, Baroness Martha Lane-Fox
- Mark Cornell of Ambassador Theatre Group
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. Discussing the new taskforce, he went on to say: “Experts in their fields, they’ll [those on the taskforce] 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 a blueprint for how and when closed businesses and venues throughout the UK will be able to reopen safely. Set to meet weekly, the government have said the taskforces will be crucial to reopening sectors of the UK economy.
The work of the Cultural Renewal Taskforce will be supported by eight working groups chaired by relevant ministers and will include representatives of key sector bodies, such as sport, entertainment and events and tourism.