Hilary Carty

Freelance Consultant


Hilary Carty is an independent coach and consultant specialising in leadership development, organisational change and culture and development. She is also a Visiting Professor at Kufstein University, Austria, lecturing in Leadership and the Creative Industries.

Prior to working independently, Hilary was the Director of the Cultural Leadership Programme, a £22m government investment in excellence in leadership within the UK cultural and creative industries. Under Hilary’s direction, this internationally acclaimed programme raised the sectors’ leadership capacity, facilitated diverse leadership practice and personnel, and delivered increased economic benefits for cultural sector leaders and organisations.

Hilary was previously Director, London (Arts) at Arts Council England, with responsibility for overseeing the development of arts programmes and funded organisations (including the Royal Opera House and National Theatre), as well as leading the Regional Arts Plan for London and steering the Council’s work on the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. This followed her role as Director, Culture and Education at London 2012, where she delivered the inception and planning of the Cultural Olympiad as part of London’s successful Olympic bid.

Hilary holds an MBA from the University of Westminster; is a qualified coach with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; and a qualified Organisation Development Practitioner with the NTL Institute, UK.

In recognition of her contribution to the arts, culture and the development of work-based learning, Hilary has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from De Montfort and Middlesex Universities and Honorary Fellowship of Goldsmith’s University of London.

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