Tim Joss

Enterprise: True to Arts Values and Dementia Needs


Presentation and discussion of arts and dementia projects developing into social enterprises. What is the value and limitation of the one-off project? How does a project grow to become a social enterprise? What evidence do you need? What business model? Who is doing this, and where have they go to? What tools are available?


Tim is a social and cultural entrepreneur.

In June 2014 he moved from Rayne Foundation Director to Chief Executive of AESOP www.ae-sop.org.

While at Rayne Tim founded several national organisations including National Numeracy www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk (to address the Cinderella state of numeracy in the UK). He created Rayne Fellowships for society’s ‘bridge-builders’, helping choreographers engage more strongly with society, and helping refugees into the UK mainstream. The Foundation won two Third Sector Excellence Awards.

As well as AESOP, current projects include chairing the Arts Ventures steering group for the first arts-specific social investment fund (with Arts Council England, Cabinet Office, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Gulbenkian Foundation). He is Vice Chair of the Advisory Group for Arts Council England’s Cultural Commissioning Programme.

Tim has been Senior Fellow in cultural policy and management at City University and continues as trustee of the Richard Feilden Foundation (which focuses on Africa, education and architecture).

Previously Tim was Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Bath Festivals where he revitalised the Bath International Music Festival and founded the Bath Literature Festival.

He is a graduate of The Queen’s College, Oxford (in maths) and Royal Academy of Music (in piano and composition).

He was appointed a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2005.