Tuesday 18 May 2021


Lord Mendoza

Provost of Oriel College, Oxford; Commissioner of Cultural Recovery and Renewal, DCMS.

Cultural Recovery and Renewal

In a wide ranging discussion with Gerry Fox, and drawing on his recent work with the Cultural Recovery Fund, Neil will expand on his hopes for the cultural sector in post pandemic Britain.

Lord Mendoza

Neil was appointed Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, in 2018, following a career building businesses in the creative and finance sectors and is focused on successfully sustaining Oriel’s 700-year history for the College’s 550 students and 250 academic and support staff.

He was appointed Commissioner of Cultural Recovery and Renewal by the Secretary of State, DCMS, and chairs the Culture and Heritage Capital Board and Boundless Creativity. He previously served four years as a non-executive director at DCMS. He is in addition Chair of The Landmark Trust and the Illuminated River Foundation.

Prior to joining Oriel College, he led the year-long Mendoza Review of Museums in England on behalf of DCMS (2016-17). Neil was the former Commissioner at Historic England, Chair of Children and the Arts and former Vice Chair of Soho Theatre.  He joined the Board of MeiraGTx, a US-based gene therapy company in 2015 and continues to act as a consultant for Bookmark Content, the company he founded as Forward Publishing in the 1980s.

Photo courtesy of John Cairns