Diane Hebb, Director of Engagement and Participation
Diane Hebb is the Director of Engagement and Participation at Arts Council of Wales. The role involves developing, managing and implementing strategies and programmes that lead to more people creating, enjoying and taking part in the arts in Wales.
On completing her dance degree, Diane moved to Wales to join a dance in education company and then took up the post of Dance Animateur and Joint Team Coordinator with Rhondda Community Arts.
She joined Arts Council of Wales in 1992 as the Dance Officer and during her career she has undertaken many varied roles and responsibilities; she has been the strategic lead for Inclusion and Participation, has drafted the Council’s first equalities strategy and co-authored and overseen the implementation of its first arts and young people strategy.
She is currently responsible for a team which is working on a number of strands, including commissioned work aimed at progressing the engagement and participation agenda. Chief amongst these is her current role, working in partnership with the Welsh Government to develop an ambitious and pioneering arts and creative learning plan for Wales, designed to implement the recommendations from Professor Dai Smith’s review of arts in education.
Other key responsibilities of the Engagement and Participation Team include
- the Council’s Strategic Equality Plan,
- arts and health,
- audience development
- development of Wales’ presenting venues,
- participatory arts and community arts,
- arts and young people
- creative learning,
- community touring
- Night Out scheme.
Diane is passionate about community engagement and the transformational impact the arts can have on the lives of individuals and communities.