Keith Merrin

Chief Executive

Keith is the Chief Executive of Sunderland Culture, an innovative new organisation set up to manage 5 cultural venues across Sunderland and deliver city-wide cultural projects. The organisation works with audiences of over 1,000,000 each year across visual arts, theatre, museums and large outdoor events and delivers learning and engagement programmes with people of all ages.

He was formerly Director of Woodhorn, a museum and former colliery site in Northumberland, Director of Bede’s World where he spearheaded the successful campaign to have Bede’s Wearmouth-Jarrow monastery nominated as a World Heritage Site and Creative Director for Newcastle Gateshead Initiative during Culture 10’s 2005Alive programme.

Keith is a current board member of the North East Culture Partnership.