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Find out more about Doncaster Cultural Education Partnership
Our Vision

The DCEP brings together cultural organisations, educational institutions and the local authority to drive a unified local arts and cultural offer for children and young people across the borough.


As one of the first Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs) in Yorkshire and Humber, the DCEP
has developed a broad and active membership over the last four years, including arts, culture, education and community sectors, local authority and higher education.

Our Mission


Our mission is driven by our shared vision. We will:

  • Create a platform of cultural, creative experiences and opportunities.

  • Draw upon the experiences of the partners and their areas of expertise.

  • Be clear and focused in our roles, responsibilities and objectives, including having a clearly articulated structure with a clear remit for roles and functions.

  • Work in a collaborative way that allows members to contribute what they can, when they can.  

  • Be accountable to each other; responsibilities and workload will always be shared by at least two people.

  • Champion the value of creative education experiences to the borough and raise awareness of the benefits of creative and artistic engagement.

  • Speak and listen to young people so that they have a clear and central voice to our work, influencing our direction and focus.

  • Focus on a specific number of collaborations which specifically demonstrate the impact of creative and cultural activity on learning and wellbeing.

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Meet the people who work for Doncaster Cultural Education Partnership 

Cultural Education Manager

Stevie Cairns

Stevie is the DCEP Cultural Education Manager.  


She has had a career spanning 20 years in the arts,  Including lecturing in FE colleges and teaching masterclasses around the UK.  


Her background is predominantly in performing arts and she is also a writer.  

Administration Assistant

Charlotte Tonkinson

Charlotte has worked in the arts in a variety of roles for 10 years and for the DCEP as their administration assistant for 1 year.

She is passionate about the arts and the DCEP’s mission to make sure all children and young people have access to high quality arts and cultural experiences.

In her spare time, she can be found writing or performing in local community theatre.

Interim Chair

Phil Sheppard

Phil’s career has led him from working in primary education, teaching and helping lead English across a large academy chain. He is now Project Manager for the National Literacy Trust, heading up the Doncaster hub.  


He has a Masters in Illustration from the University of Hertfordshire and is the author and illustrator of a number of children’s books.  Phil is the Vice Chair of DCEP and helped bring initiatives such as the Doncaster Storytelling Festival to our city.



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