Who Is Charles Freeman?

I am an experienced policy researcher and strategist, specialising in Culture Sport and The Creative Economy.

I started my career as researcher for a Tourism and Regeneration Consultancy. I then worked in Higher Education and Local Government, before Joining Sport England.

I worked to embed the interests of the Culture, Sport, Film, Heritage and Tourism Sectors within regional policy as Executive Director of Culture South East.

I am currently a Director of my own company . Recent projects have focused on The Creative Economy, Place Shaping, Cultural Planning and Employability.

I am Neurodivergent (Dyslexic and Dyspraxic) and have a particular interest, in Neurodivergence in the Creative Economy, Including, Employment and Self Employment.


2012 – Ongoing – Co-ordinator Creative Network South – Creative Industries Partnership serving the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership Area, hosted by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

2014 – Ongoing – Ravensbourne University – Helped shape and continue to assist in delivering (as a business coach) Ravensbourne University SEEDS programme (Self-Employment Entrepreneurship and Diversity). The first Higher Education Entrepreneurship Programme designed for and by Neuro-Divergent people.

2015 – Ongoing – Partnership for South Hampshire – Culture Creative Industries and Built Environment Panel Lead.

2009-2011 – Quality Place Manager, Partnership for Urban South Hampshire.

2003-2009 – Executive Director Culture South East / South East England Cultural Consortium .

1998-2003 – Senior Regional Development Manager (Facilities) – Sport England

1997-1998 – Regional Development Manager – Sport England

1995-1997 – Sport Facility Strategy Manager – Sefton Borough Council

1992-1995 – Research and Policy Adviser, Sport Arts and Recreation – South Somerset Council


2015 Introductory certificate Coaching for BusinessCity University

2012 – Introduction to Counselling – University of Oxford

2010 – Certificate in Place Making – Homes and Communities Agency

2009 – Certificate in Cultural Leadership – City University

2000 – MSc Public Service Management – University of Birmingham – Distinction and School of Public Policy Research Prize Winner.

1986 – Diploma in Management Studies (Recreation Management) – Teesside Polytechnic – Merit


1982-85 – BA Economics 2.2 University of East Anglia 

Charles Freeman Project Areas

Cultural Planning

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Culture, Sport, Creative Industries

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Education & Skills

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Neurodivergence (ND)

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