Ben Evans is the Director of the London Design Festival, which he co-founded with Sir John Sorrell in 2003. The Festival celebrates and promotes London as the creative capital of the world and has inspired similar events in many international cities. It is an annual event involving 200 partner organisations and has an audience in excess of 300,000. As well as managing the Festival Ben initiates, commissions and curates projects for the event including an annual residency in the V&A museum. The London Design Festival is a key event in London’s cultural calendar and part of the autumn creative season.
Prior to this, he was a partner and the creative director of LIVE, a branding and marketing business that he co-founded in early 2000. From 1997 to 2000 Ben was Content Editor at the Millennium Dome where he led the development of the exhibition areas. This involved working closely with numerous design teams, artists, major sponsors and the Government to create the UK’s biggest paid visitor attraction. Ben’s background in politics and culture enabled him to bridge both worlds.
He has worked closely with politicians, organising and creating election campaign visits for both Neil Kinnock and Tony Blair in the ‘92 and ‘97 elections. Alongside that he originated and drafted numerous cultural policy documents and helped formulate the idea of the creative industries. He also worked with film producer, Lord Puttnam, on a wide range of initiatives and projects and helped create the blueprint for the new Design Council with John Sorrell. He also was the special advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive of English Heritage between 1993-1996.
Ben worked as a speech writer for a number of years writing for business leaders, politicians, and leaders of cultural organisations. He has lectured extensively at the Royal College of Art and Central St.Martins, spoken at conferences across the world, has radio & TV experience and has written numerous articles and papers.
Since 1997 Ben has been a trustee of Artangel, one of the nation’s leading contemporary arts organisations. He is a governor of the University of the Arts and is passionate about art & design education. He was a trustee of the Roundhouse, a live venue and creative centre from 2001 to 2004. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary degree from the Royal College of Art and graduated there in 1987.
He is 47, married to the architect Amanda Levete and they have 4 teenage children. He lives in London.