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Colin Hicks - Independent. Chichester, UK, , GB

Colin Hicks Colin Hicks

Thought Leader | Cultural Broker | Blogger | Independent


Thought leader, good motivational speaker/conference facilitator with an original take on culture & enterprise



Considered one of the top London cultural attachés between 1990 and 2010 and, since, much in demand for his motivational expertise and extensive network.
A true internationalist, Colin Hicks combines his undoubted diplomatic skills with those learned from earlier careers as professional musician, actor and teacher to offer inspiration, networking and wealth creation for creative enterprise.
His current professional interest lies in the digital and how creative entrepreneurs working internationally can generate autonomous income. His core personal commitment has always been to raise opportunities for absent voices to be heard more often and more widely, currently through the promotion of cultural diversity and the international mobility of the artist.

Industry Expertise (3)

Performing Arts

International Affairs


Areas of Expertise (3)

Cultural Diplomacy

Creative Strategy

International Relations

Education (2)

The University of Reading: BA Hons, French, Italian, Sociology 1970

University of Leeds: Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Drama 1973

Affiliations (3)

  • British Actors Equity
  • Royal Society of Arts
  • Musicians Union

Languages (2)

  • Bilingual French
  • Some Spanish and Italian

Testimonials (6)

Various London UK, Arts Executives | Unlocking Ideas Workshops

“If you are looking for someone to tell you what to do, then Colin isn’t your man. If you want to engage in a meaningful and strategic dialogue about developing your business, he most definitely is.” SH Essex “Thank you so much for your energy and ideas on our behalf. They are already making a massive positive difference to our work and you can quote me!…” GK London “Colin is great for inspiring creative thought and has been key in helping us define our business idea, I think its all the wine tasting we do!” EC London “I found it really useful – it opened up new thoughts and contacts, which are invaluable.” PC London

Various Barcelona, International Officers | CIATRE, FOCIR, Interarts, Generalitat

“Your view and experience as a correspondent have contributed to achieve the meeting goals and, at the same time, bring interesting points of view really useful to our organisation.” MC Barcelona “More than sharing with us valuable knowledge with great generosity, you were able to create an atmosphere of complicity with the participants and this was very special.” MS Barcelona

A Dublin Arts Centre, Director | Unlocking Ideas Sessions for the Board

“Like most creative undertakings, ‘unlocking ideas’ is very easy to say yet extremely difficult to effect! It takes an innovative thinker to help unlock creativity and new ideas. That is Colin. He is a leader in the field, and I would highly recommend him.” EM Dublin

Various UK, Performing Arts | Various

“Colin has a commanding strategic overview, is a major player in the world of cultural relations and the media and has the energy and understanding to provide meaningful high level support to every project he engages with. He is also thoroughly genial to work with.” MF Manchester “Solid, reliable and passionate about the cause.” MR Sussex “Colin is an effective and entrepreneurial broker of creative and cultural partnerships. He is a firm exponent of the notion that the informal mix of crucial components and sound intentions can be more productive than a purely outcome-focussed process. I am very happy to recommend Colin.” WS Cardiff

Various International, International Cultural Relations | Various

“An inspiring visionary with the skills to make things happen. He has a rare combination of creativity, clarity and attention to detail. Work with him and learn how new things happen.” MM Boston “One of the best cultural promoters I know, I really admire his work, he is everywhere and knows everybody, he has high diplomatic skills and a very broad experience on how the cultural industries work. Colin is really at the top of cultural promotion.” MS Portugal “Colin has always been most helpful as a consultant regarding the key players in the UK market and as an intermediary introducing me to these players. Colin does his homework and has been an invaluable resource for developing projects in the UK.” JL Montréal "Homme fort, plein d’idées, jamais conformiste, touche-à-tout, brillant, mégalomane, photogénique" MPA Marseille “Sans doute des projets aux objectifs ambitieux et honorables” BL Montréal

Various UK, Members and Officers | Local Government

“You have the great bonus of seeing things in both a balanced and pragmatic way” RD Town Clerk “You understand how we work” LG Leader “A serious, knowledgeable and conscientious analyst” DP Elected Member

Event Appearances (22)

Creative Thinking in the Workplace

A 6-month series of 8 workshops to prepare students on placement to think creatively on their feet  University of Chichester, UK


Cultural Enterprise and Cultural Diplomacy

Boston University London Summer School  Boston University Annexe, London


Working for Government, Working for Yourself

For students on the Master course  Goldsmiths College, University of London


The Québec Model

How we created success for Québec in London 1992-2010  Goldsmiths College, University of London


Creativity and Leadership

Factorial  Barcelona, Spain


Quebec Cultural Diplomacy

Reflection on diplomacy for regional government  Canary Islands Government


Cultural Entrepreneurs: the New Diplomats?

20TH Anniversary ENCATC Conference  Goldsmith College, University of London


Threats & Opportunities for New Artistic Collaborations with the UK

CIATRE Conference  Barcelona, Spain


World Music and Cultural Diplomacy

WOMEX 2011  Copenhagen, Denmark


Green Mobility

IETM (European Performing Arts Network)  Krakow, Poland


Artist Mobility Workshop 2: Service Models

WAI Training Session  Cardiff, Wales


Creative Mobility

EUNIC Annual Conference  Europe House, London


Artist Mobility Workshop 1: Business Models

WAI Training Session  Cardiff, Wales


Business Models for Artist Mobility

Wales Arts International Conference  Caernarfon, Wales


The UK Performing Arts Market

CINARS Performing Arts Market  Montréal, Canada


Impact on International Touring of the Cuts in Europe

CINARS Performing Arts Market  Montréal, Canada


European Union Funding Opportunities

CINARS Performing Arts Market  Montréal, Canada


How to talk to a cultural attaché

BAFA Annual Conference  Brighton Dome, UK


The 2005 UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity

FOCIR Conference  Barcelona, Spain


Unlocking Ideas

3 Enterprise Development Workshops  London UK


Cultural Diplomacy

Generalitat Catalunya Conference on Paradiplomacy  Barcelona, Spain


Unlocking Ideas

Enterprise Development Workshop  The Ark, Dublin, Ireland




  • Keynote
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  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Corporate Training


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