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Ruth Gould

CEO, DaDa – Disability & Deaf Arts

Ruth Gould

"Ruth is passionate and committed to her work. Her achievements prove her capability as someone who thinks well beyond any barrier or box and who has learnt a multitude of skills through all her experiences, which is essential for any leader within the sector."

Quadrupling the turnover since joining DaDa in 2001, Ruth has excelled in leading a once small disability arts organisation to host one of the biggest Deaf & Disability Arts Festivals in the UK, DaDaFast. Ruth is passionate and committed to her work, frequently working well beyond the call of duty.  Appreciating the differences of disability and deaf culture from a wide perspective including from her own experiences as a deaf woman and performer.  She embraces all art forms with aplomb.  

Ruth’s artistic vision and strategic planning are essential to the company’s development and realising DaDaFest.  She has also kept her eye to the future with the development of new and upcoming artists and performers via Young DaDaFest.

A key figure in Liverpool’s involvement in the Capital of Culture, Ruth was also Chair of the Creative Communities Sub Group.  Currently a member of the Arts Council England North West Board, involved in the Regeneration Select Committee (Liverpool City Council) and recently Vice Chair of the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool during it’s refurbishment to create an accessible and vibrant arts centre.