About the University of Leicester

Liz Blyth

Liz Blyth headshotLiz works independently providing consultancy for arts, culture, heritage and sport. She is an Associate of the Local Government Association supporting councils across the country particularly with peer review and leadership development. Until recently, she also led and lectured on the Leadership Module for the MSc in Cultural Events Management at De Montfort University, drawing on her industry expertise.

Prior to this Liz was Director of Culture and Neighbourhood Services at Leicester City Council leading sport and leisure, arts, museums, libraries and community services. She supported the search for King Richard III and developed the Council's response to the discovery, including the award-winning King Richard III Visitor Centre and the public events surrounding the reinternment of his remains. She has led a range of capital projects and Leicester's Olympic and Rugby World Cup programmes.

Liz has experience in health and social care, regeneration, and community development and has worked for Oxfam, Leicestershire AIDS Support Services and Coventry City Council. She has an MA in Management, Organisation and Change and an Executive Diploma in Management. Liz’s leadership style is influenced by her values and a strong commitment to collaboration, partnership, diversity and inclusion.

She has held Board positions at the National Space Centre, Leicester City Football Club Community Trust, King Richard III Visitor Centre Trust and a local primary school. She is a Trustee and Vice Chair of Curve Theatre.

Liz enjoys her own practice as a designer and maker specialising in ceramics and textiles and studies Design Crafts part time at De Montfort University.

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