Culture Bridge North East announces Melanie Burgess as new programme manager

02 March 2020

Culture Bridge North East announces Melanie Burgess as new programme manager

Culture Bridge North East (CBNE) has appointed Melanie Burgess as its new programme manager. Mel said: "Strengthening the connection between arts and education is vitally important for the development of our young people in the region, and I’m really proud of the work that CBNE has achieved so far to work towards our ambition that every child in the region experiences a rich cultural childhood.

"This is an exciting time for Culture Bridge North East, as we work to support Let’s Create, Arts Council England’s new strategy. Having been a part of the team for nearly five years, I’m delighted to have been appointed programme manager, and I’m looking forward to developing the Bridge programme further."

Culture Bridge North East supports schools and other organisations to engage children and young people in culture and the arts.

Mel started out in museum education, both in individual venues and working regionally as literacy officer for the North East Regional Museums Hub. She worked as a primary school teacher for four years, before returning to the cultural sector as CBNE area manager. She led on the development of Local Cultural Education Partnerships in the North of Tyne area and was the Artsmark lead for the North East.

Bill Griffiths, Head of Programmes & Collections for Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, and lead for Culture Bridge North East, said: "We are thrilled to have made the appointment, Mel brings a wealth of skills and experience in both the culture and education sectors."

Catherine Hearne, Chair of CBNE Advisory Board, explains: "We are very much looking forward to working with Mel. This is an important time for CBNE where we're building on our strengths and refreshing our approaches right across the region. Mel is well placed to lead the team."