Stephen Feber’s experience covers many sectors in social regeneration with a particular focus on visitor attractions, urban regeneration, heritage and project inception, development and operations. As Chief Executive he has developed and run attractions in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire and Derbyshire and as a consultant he has worked throughout the UK and internationally. He has an in depth knowledge of creative direction and organisational leadership in the cultural sector. He is a graduate of the Getty Foundation funded Museum Management Institute.


B.A., M.A.


Stephen has had 28 years experience in the leisure and tourism sectors much of this as either a consultant to or director of museums, National Trust properties and interactive centres. Many projects have involved the adaption and re-use of large buildings in urban and rural settings; Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire, the World of Glass in Lancashire, Eureka! and Magna in Yorkshire. In many cases these have been for a regenerative economic purpose with a strong community base and have combined commercial development, events, exhibitions, fund raising, construction and operations. Royal Patronage has been secured for two projects; the Prince of Wales for Eureka! and the Princess Royal for Quarry Bank Mill. Magna won the Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2001.

The multi disciplinary approach required to develop venues and sites has also included planning, economic impact assessment, interpretation, business development and transport studies. The focus of much this work has been to create an effective balance between commercial and cultural activity. Commercial activities have included; catering, retail, textile manufacture, conferences and events. Magna was a £46 million Millennium Commission funded scheme delivered on time and within budget. It was designed form the start to allow for substantial commercial income and there is now a near 50:50 split between cultural sales and commercial income.

Key recent clients have included;

• Kerrier District Council
• The Maltese Government
• Fund for Arts and Culture in Eastern Europe
• Blackpool Council
• Historic Royal Palaces – Kensington Palace
• The BBC
• The Northern Way – public art strategy for the North
• UK Coal – cultural plan for a 1000 homes + 1000 jobs 500 acre site
• National Photography Centre Wales – cultural and commercial business plan
• The National Museum of Science and Industry – £300 million Master plan for the York Central site
• Yorkshire Forward – Renaissance Market Towns programme (5 locations over 3 years) tourism delivery re-structuring and financial planning for tourism delivery across the region
• The Airedale Partnership – the Airedale Masterplan with Ove Arup
• EMDA – through the sub regional partnership – the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site Economic Masterplan – with Latham Architects

Stephen writes, reviews and speaks widely on tourism, regeneration, planning, attraction and management topics. He has recently published ‘Destinations’ with Wilkinson Eyre architects. This examines the development of tourism and regeneration in city centres through cultural projects which are exceptional architecturally.
Sector Specialisms

• Creative direction and leadership
• Funding and project packaging
• Heritage
• Museums, galleries ands science centres
• Project inception, development and construction
• Regional tourism strategies
• Master planning
• Community engagement

Career Outline

• 2002 – Director, Stephen Feber Ltd, member Leisure and Tourism Organisation
• 1999 – 2002 – Chief Executive, the Magna Trust
• 1998-1999 – Consultant to, and Director of, The World of Glass St Helens
• 1995-1998 – Director, York Museums
• 1989 –1995 – Director, Quarry Bank Mill
• 1984-1989 – Development Director, Eureka!
• 1982-1983 – Consultant, TV-am
• 1980-1984 – Curator, the Museum of Childhood Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire

Past positions of responsibility

• 1995-98 - Treasurer, Museums Documentation Association
• 1993-1996 - Council Member, Museums Association
• 1994-1996 - Treasurer, Museums Association
• 1989-1996 - Director, Association of Independent Museums