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Meet the people who work with you to plan, design and deliver sustainable cultural projects, demonstrate their impact and identify opportunities for you to evolve and grow.

RE | SHAPING POLICIES FOR CREATIVITY – Addressing culture as a global public good; UNESCO Report

RE | SHAPING POLICIES FOR CREATIVITY – Addressing culture as a global public good

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World Cities Culture Forum – Culture Counts 2021

Culture Counts: New Approaches to Evidence Based Cultural Policymaking
in World Cities

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World Cities Culture Report 2014

World Cities Culture Report 2014

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Evaluation of SubSaharan Africa Arts – 2018-21 Impact report

Evaluation of SubSaharan Africa Arts – 2018-21 Impact report

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Culture and High Streets – Final Report

Culture and High Streets – Final Report

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Culture and Sustainability Green cities Report Prepared for WCCF

The Green World Cities of Tomorrow: Culture and Sustainability – Special Report Prepared for WCCF Global Conversation

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Latest Insights

BOP Reports

Paul was Director of the National Railway Museum in York from 2012 to 2017, where he established a partnership with the City Council for a £700m brownfield development of land around the museum.


From 2005-2012 Paul had a range of senior roles at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, including leading on the Coalition Government’s Spending Review in 2010 and having responsibility for policy and funding for the National Museums and Arts Council England. 


He was Head of Policy of Planning at the Natural History Museum between 1999 and 2001, at the launch of its Darwin Centre development. He had three spells at HM Treasury and was Private Secretary to the Director General of the Confederation of British Industry, working for Howard Davies and Adair Turner in the period in the run up to the 1997 election.


Paul originally studied Philosophy at Edinburgh University, has an MA in Art History from Goldsmith’s College and was a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme.


He lives in the East End of London with his partner Lilly, who runs her own design business.

Paul Kirkman has 25 years top level experience in public policy and cultural sector leadership.

Associate Director

Paul Kirkman

Paul Kirkman - Associate Director | BOP Consulting

We work around the world to build and support new cultural and creative economies. We have created a set of tools that give leaders and decision-makers an unparalleled understanding of their cultural and creative assets and how to make the most of them. Here is a selection of our projects.

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