Katherine WestKatherine West is Chair of Voluntary Arts England. Her day job is Museums, Arts and Events Manager for Cheshire West and Chester Council. The service she manages includes 5 museum sites that offer programmes of learning, exhibition, events, activities and outreach (see www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk), arts development work with communities, partnership work with arts organisation, rural touring arts, supporting voluntary arts, events co-ordination, cultural regeneration programmes and she has responsibility for cultural strategy.

Her career has focussed on cultural development in the public sector with arts development and management roles in local authorities. She has a degree in Drama from the University of Exeter and an MA in cultural leadership from Liverpool John Moores University. She is also Vice Chair of Arts Development UK and leads on their professional development programme.