Liz Lydiate is an arts business consultant and educationalist, who specialises in marketing and communications for the creative arts, with long experience of supporting and developing creative practitioners.
From a pioneering starting point in the mid 1970s, Liz Lydiate has been influential in the introduction of professional practice teaching in art, design and communication colleges throughout the UK. She devised and acts as course director for the Design Business Association's Professional Practice Course. She established and managed BA and MA Design Management Programmes at The Surrey Institute (now University of the Creative Arts). She then established the full-time and part-time MA Enterprise and Management for the Creative Arts (MAemca) programmes at the University of the Arts London (UAL), which offer specialised career and practice development for creative individuals and people engaged in arts management and the delivery of creative practice. After acting as Course Director for these programmes for ten years she has moved on to work on postgraduate special projects for UAL.
Liz also acts as an External Examiner, as a Specialist Subject Reviewer, in art and design for the Quality Assurance Agency; and is a consultant for Sotheby's Institute of Art in London and in Singapore.
She is currently developing a book about working practices in the creative industries.