Tonya Nelson

Director, London
Arts Council England

Tonya Nelson is currently Arts Council England (ACE)’s London Area Director. She joined ACE when she was appointed to be the first Director of Arts Technology and Innovation in 2019. She is co-author of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) policy report Culture is Digital. She is Chair of the UK Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM UK) and sits on the board trustees of The National Gallery. In addition, Tonya is a member of the Art World Professional Advisory Group of Christie’s Education. She was formerly Director of Museums and Cultural Programmes at University College London (UCL). Prior to entering the cultural sector, she was a barrister and management consultant in Washington, DC where she grew up.

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