About Us

Brian Debnam and Associates Ltd was founded in 2003 as Brian Debnam Ltd, an arts and cultural consultancy practice which called upon the skills and experience of its principal Brian Debnam.

From 2003 to 2007, Brian Debnam worked in association with a number of individuals and companies including Joined up North, Roger Lancaster and Associates, xsite architecture, GAPP Architects SA, Cultures in Regeneration and Peter Stark, South Africa.

In 2008 the business was renamed Brian Debnam and Associates in recognition of its expanded portfolio and involvement of new staff and associates in projects. 

The capacity of the practice now covers:-

  • Capital and project feasibility studies
  • Organisational development
  • Business Planning
  • Project management
  • Event Management
  • Cultural policy and planning
  • Research
  • Training, mentoring and facilitation
  • Education and training development
  • Advice and planning to the charity and non profit sector

Brian Debnam studied Geography at Durham University, arts administration at the Polytechnic of Central London, theatre direction at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney and financial administration at the University of South Australia.

During a career in arts and cultural management of over 35 years he has worked in UK and Australia in the management of touring organisations and arts buildings, as a senior arts manager for funding bodies, a principal of an arts training college and a theatre director, producer and designer. At Northern Arts during the 1990s he worked on the development of a number of successful Lottery funded arts capital projects including the Lantern House in Ulverston, the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick and the Sage Gateshead. From 1999 to 2003 he was acting General Manager and then Director of Resources for The Sage Gateshead a 70 million pound lottery funded project. Since 2003 he has been chair of Board of the acclaimed national touring theatre company Theatre Sans Frontieres which is based in Hexham, UK.