Helen Sprott

Consulting Fellow

Helen has significant senior experience in the arts and cultural industries: creative and leadership roles in publishing and broadcast television; a former Managing Director of one of London’s celebrated symphony orchestras; 12 years public sector policy and administrative experience as Director with Arts Council England; currently advising Execucare on recruitment to senior roles in the arts and culture sector.

As Managing Director with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Helen commissioned a review of the organisation’s governance arrangements; spearheaded initiatives to diversify programming and broaden audiences; and led the successful search to appoint a new Principal Conductor.

From 2005 to 2017, Helen was Director of Music for Arts Council England in London and nationally, leading a large multi-region team, devising investment policy in Music, allocating funds, and advising and monitoring national cultural institutions in receipt of substantial project and revenue grants.

Helen was part of a senior Arts Council team to implement the 2011 Henley Review of Music Education in England, leading to the current ‘Music Education Hubs’ local partnership model; from 2011-13, she led on the Arts Council’s analysis of the impact and value of public investment in large-scale opera in England; in 2015, she steered a national consultation exercise in response to proposals for a new concert hall and Centre for Music in the City of London.

As Commissioning Editor Performing Arts with Channel 4 Television, Helen devised a series of Emmy and BAFTA award-winning performance films and documentaries, collaborating with celebrated international artists and celebrated directors, securing substantial investment from international distributors and broadcasters.

As Music Books Editor with Faber and Faber, Helen brought to birth the first two volumes of ‘Letters from a Life: Selected Letters and Diaries of Benjamin Britten, and published books about other major 20th century figures.

In 2019, Helen was appointed as Non-Executive Director on the Board of St Martin in the Fields Limited.