Tola Dabiri has worked in the cultural sector since 1995, and has been a senior manager in public library and archive services. Tola has a particular interest in community engagement and widening participation in the arts and culture.

After leaving the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in 2010, Tola formed a consultancy business (Tola Dabiri Consulting), which works across the cultural sector.

Most recently Tola has been working in the Carnival sector at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts, where she managed an HLF funded regional project to develop a unique digital archive about Carnival in the East of England ( She also developed education and young people's services, including Sunsplash, a week-long residential carnival arts programme for young people.

Tola has a First Class honours degree, an H.N.D. in Business and Finance, and is a PRINCE 2 practitioner.

Tola has lived in Watford since 1999, and truly values the diversity of the town, its parks and of course the theatre!