There’s a change at the helm for CapeUK as new Chief Executive Officer Rosi Lister joins the creative learning company, after Pat Cochrane’s almost 20 successful years in the role.

During that time, CapeUK has been at the forefront of creative learning, using innovative approaches to offer children and young people opportunities to thrive and develop their potential as creative citizens. 

Founding CEO, Pat Cochrane, is now stepping down to take on new opportunities and in her place will be Rosi Lister, who joins from her current role as Director North of the Churches Conservation Trust.

During Pat’s time as CEO, CapeUK has:

advised at a national level on creative approaches to learning and curriculum leading to programmes including the nine-year ‘Creative Partnerships’ which was widely recognised as an international leader in transforming educational achievement and aspirations through the arts

designed and established the national Creativity Action Research Awards (CARA) programme, bringing together over 300 schools, academic mentors and external creative partners to undertake action research around the impact of creative learning.   Over three years, CARA worked with over 500 teachers and more than 6,000 children.

since 2012, been Arts Council England’s Bridge organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber – connecting the arts, creative and cultural sector with education at a strategic level, so children and young people have the opportunity to engage with and participate in the arts.

successfully delivered as Yorkshire and the Humber regional lead on national programmes including Strong Voices, connecting the most disadvantaged young people with arts and cultural opportunities – and a Creative Traineeships programme preparing young people for a career in the Creative and Digital Industries.

Developed a programme on creativity for the British Council which is influencing thousands of teachers and schools across the world.

“It’s been a privilege to have led CapeUK from an idea created by a small group of passionate people into an organisation that has consistently championed children’s rights to a rich creative and cultural life,” Pat said.  

“I’ve worked with fantastic colleagues and partners who are all committed to the same vision.  And now in times of austerity it’s exciting to see how people are pulling together to create imaginative new ways of collaborating for the benefit of children and young people.  

“I’m not retiring, but planning to work on international projects and also spend more time in the field on professional development and partnerships.  I’m delighted to welcome Rosi Lister as CapeUK’s new CEO.” 

Rosi Lister has spent more than 20 years in the Cultural Education sector; encompassing more than ten years in Further and Higher Art and Design education, quality assurance and widening participation. 

Rosi’s professional focus centres on enabling every young person to interact with good quality experiences with arts and culture through inspiring encounters with arts professionals and cultural organisations. 

“I am really thrilled to have been given the opportunity to lead CapeUK into its next strategic phase,” Rosi said.

“CapeUK is an exceptional organisation that is thriving and it’s really exciting to be looking at the organisation’s next stage of innovation to help meet local, national and international cultural and education priorities.”