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Mary Ann Le Lean


Mary Ann holds a BA (Hons) Drama & English (University of Kent), an MSc in International Business (Birkbeck) and is now in her second year on the Doctoral programme at WBS. She is studying part-time while continuing to run her own company (Year One Consulting) which specialises in organisational development for the arts, creative industries and higher education.

Research topic

Mary Ann is particularly interested in the role that social capital plays in appointments to arts management roles - the arts sector being a sector that does not have a set of recognised professional qualifications for its managers, and also one which claims to be aiming to diversify its workforce in response to the perception of an "old boys' network" (Arts Council England's 2014 report "Equality and diversity within the arts and cultural sector in England").


Deborah Dean and Kim Hoque