Anita Wan

Anita Wan
Role
Committee Member for England, North
Anita has worked in the cultural sector in the North East for nearly 20 years. Initially studying Architecture at university, she gravitated towards the cultural sector in her professional career, particularly roles which focused around engaging diverse communities. 

She has worked for a variety of heritage, architecture, arts and funding organisations. Throughout, her passion has always centred around people, communities, and their stories.

Born and bred in Newcastle upon Tyne, her parents came from Hong Kong to the UK in the 1970s. Straddling two cultures, the themes of identity and belonging have long remained drivers for her, both personally and professionally. She is committed to amplifying the voices of marginalised communities and to play a part in dismantling the structural inequalities which exist in widespread form today.

Anita is a freelance heritage consultant, supporting organisations with funding bids, community engagement, audience development and evaluation. She is currently involved in the initial stages of developing a heritage network for Black and minoritised women leaders in the North East.

Anita is also Chair of The Angelou Centre, a Black-led specialist women’s organisation that addresses the political, economic and social inequalities for Black and minoritised women and children, and their safety and survival.