Ben Lee is an experienced facilitator, project leader, and social researcher. He has specialisms in creating learning and knowledge-sharing programmes, arts and culture, and neighbourhood-level community-led action. Before joining Shared Intelligence, Ben held policy roles with the London Borough of Camden and in central government (in the then DoE and DETR) dealing with social housing and sustainable development.
Ben has been involved in several nationally-significant projects to support neighbourhood level devolution and community-led change. Within this area of his work he has been closely involved establishing the £200m Lottery-funded Big Local programme which supports 150 communities across England, and in 2016 led a national evaluation of CLG’s ‘Our Place’ programme.
Ben has also led a number of research and strategy projects within the arts and cultural sectors – much of it for Arts Council England and the Society of Chief Librarians. This work has often focused on increasing arts participation by children and teens, and developing future-focused public library services. He is currently leading a year-long government-funded research programme with Essex libraries service looking at the impact of library-based early years groups (e.g. ‘rhyme times’) on maternal mental health.