Stephen Hignell
Stephen Hignell

Business development, economic policy, evaluation, management & strategy

Stephen is an expert in cultural strategy, policy and impact analysis, with over ten years of practitioner and consulting experience, as a public servant and as an independent consultant and project manager.

At Nordicity, Stephen has worked across major projects for clients including the British Council, British Film Institute (BFI), Bootstrap Company, Greater London Authority (GLA), Mayor of London, Welsh Government, Creative Scotland, Nesta, Bristol City Council, Screen Yorkshire, Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH), Information Communications Technology Council (ICTC), UK Theatre, Society of London Theatre (SOLT), On Screen Manitoba, Manitoba Music, New Media Manitoba and the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA).

Stephen has been a lead consultant on major arts and cultural sector research and assessment projects. He provides social contribution and impact studies, sector profiles and strategies, evaluations, feasibility and options appraisals. Adept in primary and secondary research, Stephen is seasoned in workshop and group facilitation, interviews, survey design, desk research and meta-analyses.

Stephen is an advisor to the UK Music fiscal incentives committee, the Mayor of London’s Music Board and the Raze Collective. He is a fund advisor for the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), Breakout West, and SaskMusic, and a business mentor for Bootstrap-Peabody Enterprise Bootcamp. He has served as vice-chair of the charity, Rowan Arts, and as an expert witness to the Senate of Canada.

In his previous roles Stephen has managed film and TV sector support programmes at On Screen Manitoba and worked in cultural sector export and business development support at Canada’s foreign office (Global Affairs Canada). Stephen has over five years’ experience working directly in festivals, theatres, venues, live performances and cultural events.


  • Stephen holds a degree in economics and a FITT-certified post-graduate diploma in International Business (Advanced).

Nordicity is a leading international consulting firm providing private and public-sector clients with solutions for Economic Analysis, Strategy and Business, and Policy and Regulation across four priority sectors: arts, culture and heritage; digital and creative media; and information and communication technologies (ICTs) and innovation. With offices in London (UK), Toronto, and Vancouver Nordicity is ideally placed to assist our clients to succeed in the rapidly evolving global markets.