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
- 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.