James Burkmar
workspace manager, Leicester Creative Businesses; ex head of performing arts, Arts Council of England

Self taught musician who grew up building guitars, drums & speakers, who ducked out of a career in micro paleontology to pursue dreams travelling, living in different places, making music – and raising a family.  After 15 years of that mix ended up setting up a youth led enterprise for Leicester College, worked unwisely for a time at Arts Council before moving firmly into the field of supporting enterprise as a creative sector business coach and project manager. Fulfilled contracts around the UK and a number of EU cities. Wound up leading a major strategic senior stakeholder partnership for Birmingham and finally realised that as a confirmed tactician he was better at simply running something.  Found a new home at LCB Depot and is busy repositioning the organization as an agency for the unsung heroes of this interesting but way too polite and modest city.

Follow James on Twitter @jtsongs