Ben is Professor of Cultural Engagement in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds and Director of the national Centre for Cultural Value. Since 2014 Ben has also been the Academic Director of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme, which is now one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations.
Prior to his academic career, Ben was the General Manager of Benchtours theatre company in Edinburgh before working as Operations Manager and then Producer at the National Theatre of Scotland. Between 2010 and 2017, Ben was engaged as an Artistic Assessor for Drama for Arts Council England.
Ben is an Advisory Board Member of ‘Cultural Trends’ and the Co-Editor of ‘Arts and the Market’. He has published widely in leading peer-reviewed journals on arts marketing, arts management, cultural policy and cultural value. His monograph ‘Audience Engagement in the Performing Arts: A critical analysis’ was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019.