It’s not just a badge or logo or photo opportunity. It’s a real chance to put our city on the map – to change perceptions, showcase our diversity and give a voice to every part of our community. Time and again, being City of Culture has brought big benefits to communities around the UK.
If our bid wins, we’ll attract visitors, enterprise and trade that will boost our own homegrown businesses and cultural organisations, bring in investment and boost opportunities for young people. We’ll get the support we need to tackle the challenges we face, too.
The bid will be overseen and managed by the Southampton 2025 Trust led by Claire Whitaker OBE.
Claire WhitakerBid Director
Tom TylerBid Programme Manager
Gemma NicholsCommercial & Marketing Director
Cynara DaviesProgramming & Community Engagement Manager
Kate MapleProgramming & Community Engagement Lead
Professor Fraser SturtResearch and Evaluation Lead
Lucy-Jane FitzpatrickMarketing and Communications Manager
Caron KhanPartnership Manager
Dev PlaceSocial Content Assistant
Daniel HumphreyAssistant Project Manager
Aine RandSouthampton 2025 City of Culture Bid Assistant
Dominic LuffPolicy & Programme Support Officer
Asten Holmes-ElliottProgramming & Community Engagement Assistant
The trust is an external body with trustees from: