From January 2015, Mr Denham hopes to use his chairmanship of CultureSouthampton to give a strategic overview to the city’s cultural development.
He said: “No modern city can be truly successful without a strong and distinctive cultural life. It’s equally important for the quality of life and opportunities for local people and for those who come to study, work and invest here. Southampton has great success stories already and even bigger opportunities in the future. I was delighted to be asked to take on this role and look forward to working with all parts of the cultural community to make a real contribution to the cultural life of this great city.”