Graham Sheffield

Director Arts
British Council

Graham Sheffield is Director Arts for the British Council, having taken up his role in May 2011. He is responsible for leading and developing the global arts policy and programme across the Council’s operations, with direct management of the London arts team. He holds a position on the Council’s Executive Board reporting directly

to the CEO. Graham was previously Chief Executive Officer of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in Hong Kong, leading the development of one of the largest arts infrastructures and programming projects ever envisioned. He was Artistic
Director of the Barbican, London from 1995–2010. Graham was awarded CBE in
the 2010 New Year’s Honours list for services to the arts and has recently become Chairman of the charity Help Musicians UK.