Lara Ratnaraja

Culture consultant and Astonish Leadership
Twitter: @lararatnaraja

Lara is a freelance consultant specialising in ideas, innovation, leadership, collaboration, cultural policy implementation within the HE, cultural and digital sector. She develops and delivers projects and policy on how cultural and digital technology intersect for a number of national partners as well as programmes around leadership, resilience and business development for the arts. She is currently delivering and developing cross sector projects with private, public, HE and other education partners. With Helga Henry, she co-produced RE:Present and ASTONish; leadership development programmes which supported the development of cultural leaders from diverse backgrounds.

She was also a broker on the AHRC Funded CATH Project (Collaborative Triple Helix) which developed collaborative projects across the East and West Midlands with academics from both Birmingham and Leicester Universities, cultural organisations and digital SMEs. She subsequently became Senior Research Facilitator leveraging investment for further knowledge transfer and research collaborations between academics, cultural organisations and artists across the sector.