Spektrix Conference 2019



Phil Batty

We’re excited to welcome Phil Batty to close this year’s Spektrix conference.

As Director of Public Engagement for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Phil was responsible for capitalising on the city’s year in the spotlight by devising multi-artform campaigns and delivering a programme of citywide engagement initiatives.
Working across a 365-day artistic programme of more than 2800 cultural activities, Phil played a pivotal role in ensuring 9 out of 10 residents of Hull took part in the year’s programme; whilst attracting millions of visitors from across the UK to experience the City of Culture celebrations.
Named Northern Marketer of the Year 2017 by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Phil is currently working with cities throughout the UK to share the learnings of this national cultural quadrennial as part of the legacy of Hull’s incredible year.


Clare Connor

We are delighted to announce that Clare Connor will be delivering the first of our keynotes and are extremely excited by the experiences she plans to share with us around her journey of leading change in the performing arts industry.
After graduating from London Contemporary Dance School, Clare began a varied career in the performing arts as a successful dancer at Phoenix Dance. Since then, Clare has worked as a “teacher-artist” in further and higher education and has written, produced and validated numerous arts education programs in further and higher education. Clare has brought success to a variety of organisations, including Stratford Circus Arts Centre where in 2012 she established a new charitable body to run the centre. The Southbank Centre then benefited from Clare’s leadership when she joined them in November 2014 as Director of Business Development and led the large scale “Let the Light In” capital fundraising programme.
Most recently however, Clare landed her dream job as Chief Executive and Interim Principal at The Place - the home of the London Contemporary Dance School where she began her career. Clare joined The Place during a particularly tough period in its history and has been working to turn its fortunes around through change management and strong, transparent leadership.
We greatly look forward to hearing more about Clare’s journey, as well as hearing her insights into leadership in the performing arts and how we can apply them within our own organisations.