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Janice McGuinness

Chief Executive Officer

Janice joined People United in December 2018 having worked in the cultural sector for over 30 years.

Responsible for Canterbury City Council’s cultural services for seventeen years, Janice led teams that attracted millions of pounds of investment into the district’s
art and heritage. She led the £40m capital development of the Marlowe Theatre and Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, and initiated the transformation of the medieval Poor Priests’ Hospital into the Marlowe Kit.

Before moving to Kent, Janice was Head of Film, Media and Literature at Northern Arts in Newcastle (ACE), Director of BAFTA North in Manchester, CEO of Glasgow Film and Video Workshop (now GMAC Film) and she co-founded the Leeds International Film Festival, which she directed for eight years. She has also worked as a freelance consultant for Kent-based clients such as WhitLit and Creative Foundation.

Janice believes passionately in the transformative power of culture and creativity, whether on a personal level or on a bigger scale – empowering communities, making places and influencing policy. As CEO of People United, Janice is committed to using creativity to grow the conditions for radical kindness to flourish and make change happen.

Janice is a Fellow of the RSA, a Trustee of the Marlowe Theatre and a founder member of the executive board of Kent Cultural Transformation Forum. In her spare time she enjoys photography and is an active member of several clubs and the Guild of Photographers.