Abid Hussain is Director, Diversity at Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts responsible for leading the organisation’s work on equality and diversity. He has over a decade of experience working in the arts and cultural sector with a particular interest in leadership, talent development and philanthropic giving.
He is an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) and a member of the John Adams Society, which promotes cultural, social and educational collaboration between the United States of America and the United Kingdom. He jointly led on the development and delivery of the internationally acclaimed Arts and Islam programme, which has delivered seminars, workshops, critical debates and artistic interventions across the United States of America, Denmark, Sweden and South Africa.
Abid has served in an advisory role for the British Council, the Institute for Community Cohesion, Eton College and currently sits on the BBC’s Audience Council in the Midlands. He has served on the strategic leadership group for the Mosaic Network a mentoring programme established by HRH Prince Charles to inspire young people from deprived communities to realise their talents and potential.
Abid undertook a 6 month sabbatical at Soul City Arts, an independent arts organisation based in Birmingham, committed to achieving social change through the arts. He supported the organisation to diversify and develop its income streams, develop new artistic partnerships and led on a programme of organisational development for the company.