Ben is Professor of Cultural Engagement in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds (UK) and Director of the national Centre for Cultural Value. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a Producer at the National Theatre of Scotland. Since 2014 Ben has been the Academic Director of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme, which is now one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations. Ben is the Co-Editor of Arts and the Market and has published widely in a number of peer-reviewed journals on arts marketing, arts management, cultural policy and cultural value. His monograph 'Audience Engagement in the Performing Arts: A critical analysis' was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019.