Brian Debnam Profile

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 Australia and the UK, in the management of touring organisations and arts buildings and theatre companies, as a senior arts manager for funding bodies (Northern Arts, Australia Council), a principal of an arts training college, a theatre director, producer and designer, and as Director of Resources for the Sage Gateshead (a large Lottery funded new building for music performance and education) overseeing the building programme for the operating Trust and setting up governance, budgetary, financial, HR and business systems.

In 2003 he established his own consultancy practice that provides project management services, feasibility studies for arts, cultural and educational capital and revenue projects and organisational development and business planning in UK and South Africa.

He has taught financial management in the arts for the MA in Cultural Management programmes at Northumbria University and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

He is Chair of the Board of Theatre Sans Frontieres and a Board member of GEM Arts.

Past work experience.

2003 - 2005 – Associate Centre for Cultural Policy and Management, University of Northumbria

2000 – 2003 Director of Resources, North Music Trust, The Sage Gateshead.

1999 – 2000 Acting General Manager, North Music Trust.

1992 – 2000 Head of Performing Arts, Northern Arts.

1989 – 1992 Programme Director, Expressive and Visual Arts Programme, Department of Further Education, South Australia.

1987 – 1992 Director Centre for the Performing Arts, Adelaide South Australia.

1983 – 1987 Artistic Director, Harvest Theatre Company.

1981 – 1983 Freelance Theatre Director, Designer, Teacher.

1977 – 1981 Artistic Director, the Stage Company, Adelaide, South Australia.

1976 – 1977 Assistant Director State Theatre Company of South Australia.

1975 – 1976 Resident Director the Sheridan Theatre, Adelaide.
1974 – 1975 Coordinator International and Entrepreneurial Programme Australia Council.

1972 – 1974 Assistant Administrator, Arts Council of South Australia.