Sally Bacon

Sally Bacon

Board Director

Sally is co-author of The Arts in Schools: Foundations for the Future, a Gulbenkian Foundation report published in 2023.

Sally was Director of the Clore Duffield Foundation for more than 20 years, where she led the Foundation’s wide-ranging grant-making activity across the cultural, education and social sectors – distributing in excess of £150m – and developed a series of sector support initiatives.

She chaired the steering groups which led to the creation of two leadership development charities: Clore Leadership (for the cultural sector); and Clore Social Leadership for the wider charity community. Sally is Co-Chair of the Cultural Learning Alliance, which she founded in 2009 to ensure that every child experiences an arts-rich education that enables them to fulfil their potential.

Before joining the Foundation, Sally studied for a PhD in English literature, ran the education programme at the Poetry Society, and was a books editor and Children’s Programmes Manager for the National Trust. She is a freelance writer and consultant, has been a school governor, a charity trustee, and a Museum of the Year judge. Sally is programme lead for The Mildred Fund, a new foundation which supports visual art programmes for young people, and is a trustee of Koestler arts, which encourages people within the criminal justice system to change their lives through active participation in the arts. She was awarded an OBE in 2017 for services to cultural learning.