Patrick Towell

CEO, Golant Media Ventures &
Innovation Director, The Audience Agency
Twitter: @patricktowell @golantmedia @audienceagents

An executive and board-level advisor, Patrick is Executive Director of Golant Media Ventures, an innovation agency for the creative, cultural, public and third sectors – which has been the enterprise arm of The Audience Agency since 2018, for whom he is Innovation Director.

He is global policy research fellow at the Rio-based thinktank, the Institute of Technology & Society – investigating how innovations can be shared between different sectors, and barriers to this.

He is directing Innovate UK funded design foundations projects: on immersive media in co-designing futures of public spaces; and with Central St Martin’s on 3D imaging in fashion, culture and heritage.

He is working on future digital strategies for the Creative People and Places programme; digital maturity models and tools for the UK’s arts, culture and heritage sectors. He co-authored the Nesta/Arts Council Wales evidence review of the successful adoption of digital technologies in the arts.

He co-authored What is resilience, anyway? the largest evidence-based review of this topic in the arts and cultural sector and is leading work for The National Lottery Heritage Fund (HLF) on extending this to heritage. He’s a resilience advisor for Arts Council Wales and the equivalent to Arts Council England.