Our People

People are at the heart of our bid to become UK City of Culture 2025.

Drawn from different parts of the city (and some from further afield), they represent the diverse voices and cultures of our welcoming and inclusive city.


James Ward-Prowse

Saints FC Captain

"I am proud to be an Ambassador for Southampton’s bid to win the title of UK City of Culture 2025. I urge everyone to join us."

Bill Woodrow

For me, culture is an exchange of ideas. Culture doesn't exist with one person. It has to have people and places for that to happen.

Charlotte Edwards CBE

I absolutely fell in love with the city. I think Southampton has an amazing chance of winning this bid; it's a young, diverse, vibrant city with so much to offer.⁠

Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE DL

I arrived in England by ship on the 1st September 1960 as an excited 10 year old and the first place I saw through the cabin porthole was Southampton. Many Caribbeans, now known as ‘The Windrush Generation' settled there and made it their home.

The city is and has always has been a place that has evolved and absorbed different cultures which has created a rich tapestry of diversity that inspires young people to reach their full potential. I feel certain Southampton will continue to do so long into the future, for generations to come.

Kate Prince MBE

There’s no better time to bring Southampton something that brings this diverse community together and show us what we have in common not what we have that is different.

Jenny Packham

Fashion Designer

There's an enormous amount of creativity and energy. It's Southampton's time to shine.