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Sharing the benefit of Culture in Bath

Bath is a unique city, we are the only city within the UK that has access to natural thermal water and without it, Bath wouldn’t exist. People have been flocking to the city for more than 2,000 years in search of culture from bathing in its natural thermal waters and balls to art galleries and sport.

We will explore how culture has defined the city and its role in contemporary life.

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Panellists

Chris Stephens

Director of the Holburne Museum

Chris Stephens has been Director of the Holburne Museum, Bath, since July 2017. Before that, he worked at Tate in London for twenty-one years, for much of that time as Head of Displays at Tate Britain and Lead Curator of Modern British Art. His numerous exhibitions include some of the Tate’s most successful shows, such as ‘Barbara Hepworth: Centenary’ at Tate St Ives in 2003 and, in London, ‘Francis Bacon’ (2008), ‘Henry Moore’ (2010), ‘Picasso and British Art’ (2012) and ‘David Hockney’ (2017). As a leading expert on modern British art, he has published extensively and his book – St Ives The Art and the Artists was published in 2018.

Rob Campbell

Head of Heritage Services at Bath and North East Somerset Council

Rob has worked in the Museum and Heritage industry since 2005. This has included delivery of the £5m ‘Lord Ashcroft Gallery’ at the Imperial War Museum and the renovated interpretive experience at Stonehenge for English Heritage. In 2017 Rob took on the role of Director of Curatorial and Museums for Sydney Living Museums in Australia. He had operational, curatorial and commercial oversight of 12 historic properties in and around Sydney, including Hyde Park Barracks – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In his current role he overseas the operations of B&NES Council’s heritage assets including the Roman Baths. These activities turn over circa £23m p/a and realise a multimillion pound profit that the Council uses to deliver for the most vulnerable people in B&NES. Rob is interested in the creation of innovative museum and heritage experiences that maximise commercial return, social impact and emotional outcomes for the widest possible audience.

Tarquin McDonald

Chief Executive of Bath Rugby

Tarquin McDonald has worked his way up through Bath Rugby after initially joining in 2012 as Finance and Strategy Director. A decade later, Tarquin is now Chief Executive of the club, having served as Managing Director from 2014, and being named Chief Executive in 2017.

Not known as a CEO for sitting back, Tarquin plays a hands-on role in all elements of Bath Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation and Farleigh Performance Ltd. He is known to be a tenacious, proactive and compassionate leader who leads from the front.

Recently becoming a trustee of Bath Rugby Foundation, the charitable arm of Bath Rugby, Tarquin wants to make an impact during his tenure.  He believes being a trustee is “both a privilege and an honour” and has seen first-hand the work the Foundation do across Bath and the surrounding areas.

He believes Bath Rugby Foundation can take inspiration from Bath Rugby and is passionate about instilling high-performance expertise from the club into the Foundation to allow it to go from strength to strength. He also sees it as vital that the club takes heed of the way the Foundation seamlessly integrates itself into the local community.

Tarquin hopes that the growth of Bath Rugby Foundation continues its current trajectory so that it can have maximum impact in the city.

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