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Tate on cultural infrastructure

We are delighted to welcome Stephen Wingfield, Director of Finance and Estates at Tate to our infrastructure forum this month. The forum will look at both transport and cultural infrastructure, with a focus on the impact of museums and arts venues on cities.

Stephen has played a major role in delivering a number of significant capital projects, including the Tate Britain Millbank project, the recent redevelopment and expansion of Tate St Ives, and especially the Tate Modern. Originally involved with the financing, tax and cash flow on these projects, his role expanded to play a central role in the buildings' construction, management and the business cases for operating them. He has held his current role since 2015.

He and his colleagues oversee the delivery of Finance, Capital Projects, Procurement, Estates, and Safety services across Tate. Stephen's responsibilities include the management of all Tate's expenditure and income, ensuring public money and donations are used in a responsible and sustainable way, and the construction and maintenance of Tate's buildings at six sites. His role also includes working closely with Tate's partners to deliver facilities management, safety and security and housekeeping services.

Following the Mayor of London's launch of the Cultural Infrastructure Plan and news that planning permission has been received for arts and educational buildings on the 'East Bank' at Stratford, we are continuing our debates from our April cultural regeneration forum, to discuss how retail, restaurants and community events associated with museums can help boost the economic sustainability of city districts.

The Mayor's Cultural Infrastructure Plan looks to use existing local facilities such as libraries and pubs to create a stronger cultural offer in London and an aspect of this is to improve the capital's night time economy for which some funding has been announced for council bids.

Stephen will be joined by the Mayor of London's cultural ambassador Pam Alexander OBE, Sheffield City Council's Chief Executive John Mothersole and Mace Group's Chief Operating Officer, David Grover.

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