John has 14 years’ experience working in arts engagement and project management and is the is the Digital Participation Curator at QUAD in Derby, developing the delivery of QUAD’s participatory and creative wellbeing programmes, engaging participants in arts and contemporary culture through digital media. He leads the Digital Participation Expedition with the East Midlands Participatory Arts Forum (EMPAF) and is Digital Champion for the ArtWorks Alliance (AWA), exploring what we mean by “digital participation” in arts and culture. He is a recent alumnus to the Extend Leadership Programme (2018/19 cohort) and joined the Engage Council as East Midlands Representative in 2019. He is passionate about leading authentic participation, which enables a participant first approach to working with and within the medium of digital. You can reach John at email@example.com or on twitter @John_Whall.