From 1998 to the present day I have been working to provide comprehensive, cross sector, management infrastructure for projects, productions, festivals, and events in the creative and cultural industries. I work across disciplines in theatre, music, visual arts, festival, film, community and education. My work for each project or event draws on a network of contacts, partner organisations and talented individuals.
As a cultural sector practitioner, I’m credited with projects ranging from producing the huge Bradford Mela Festival to event managing the York Mystery Plays. From co-ordinating a young people’s carnival parade in Sri Lanka to working as the creative producer of a show commissioned by LOCOG for the 2012 Olympic cultural programme in London.
I have commissioned and delivered work in a wide range of settings – from the Mumbai slums to New York; encompassing public parks, complex heritage sites, theatres, museums, galleries, town squares, botanical gardens, listed buildings; everything from rugged moors to NCP car-parks.
Having worked with numerous different organisations running a huge variety of projects, I’ve built up a clear picture of what makes for successful engagement, what makes a successful project and what is viable with the available resources. Pulling these three strands together and making all three elements work is always a personal challenge driven by a wish to help people realise their vision.
I offer a range of skills for individual projects, from long-term strategic development and bringing together partners, to the actual realisation ‘on site’ of events. From planning to fund-raising to the co-ordination of volunteers; managing contractors and stakeholders as well as all the practical infra-structure. I pay attention to the detail to ensure a thorough and consistent approach throughout the life-time of the project.
As a management consultant, I’ve provided strategic support and organisational development to a number of cultural sector organisations. On-going questions about how business engages with the local community; how the arts can influence and feed regeneration; and what the sectors can offer to or learn from each other, continually permeate my approach to each individual project.
As well as a degree in Technical Theatre Arts I hold an MBA from the Open University Business School, with specialisms in Managing Performance and Change, Strategy, Creativity, Innovation and in Marketing. I work to stay current and have undertaken training in numerous areas ranging from Prince2 Project Management (foundation and practitioner) to counter terrorism planning. I’m a member of various of trade associations and am a Fellow of the RSA.
Details of all projects and clients (current and past) can been seen on these webpages.