Giulia Ascoli is a communications strategist and advisor with over 12 years' experience in the creative industries. She currently manages communications at Sadler's Wells theatre in London, where she is responsible for increasing the organisation’s profile and reputation, developing its communication strategy and managing relations with government, advocacy groups and international partners. She also sits on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group for the theatre.
Before joining Sadler’s Wells in 2014, Giulia held administrative, fundraising and communications roles at the Design Museum (2011-14) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (2008-11) in London. Previously, she worked in journalism in Italy and the UK, writing about culture and current affairs.
Giulia holds a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the Università di Bologna, Italy, and an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London.
It deepened my knowledge of governance and best practice in managing, influencing and coaching, and provided me with additional skills in these areas. As a result, I have become more confident in my abilities and empowered to have, and better manage, potentially difficult high-level conversations. It also allowed me to extend my professional network further, particularly outside London, and forge long-lasting relationships with my course mates. We are still in touch, sharing information and advice and using each other as sounding boards.
I hope I am better employing my skills to influence and shape my organisation's strategic direction and its work, particularly around achieving and promoting greater equality, diversity and inclusion. I have also become more involved with the activities of the What Next? movement, furthering my contribution towards its work on supporting organisations to better deal with ethical and reputational challenges, and on engaging with issue relating to Brexit's impact on the creative sector.