This is a shortened CV to give an overview of my core engagements and insights.
2014-Present: Upstart Projects CIO – Business & Projects Manager (Freelance)
We run development programmes & youth engagement, support & marketing work for the Arts Award qualification programme and wider Trinity College London products. More widely we develop programmes that enhance young people’s access to arts education and to have their say through a number of live projects, online journalism and training. I am responsible for all areas of the charity's operations, working with the Director and whole team.
2008-Present: Cloud Artisans Ltd – Founding Director (Project Manager)
We specialise in bespoke web application development and have developed a considerable portfolio within the arts sector with past & present organisations including Drama UK, the National Operatic & Dramatic Association, Voice Mag, Arts Award Supporter, Federation of Drama Schools, The UKCI and the National Association of Youth Theatres. We work with these bigger and many other smaller organisations where I oversee account management, business development and client support. I project manage each engagement and undertake usability testing, assessing client needs and reviewing web statistics. I also lead on supporting our clients with Google Ads, infrastructure & marketing consultancy through training & operations management.
2013-2019: Unit Twenty Three Ltd/CIC – Founding Director (Board Member)
A unique social enterprise established to develop cultural opportunities & training including touring theatre with and for young carers and an annual community arts festival. I oversaw partnerships, marketing, the direction of the staff and provided line management whilst other board members also provided project support.
2014-2016: North Hertfordshire College, National College for Creative and Cultural and Access To Music – Apprenticeship Assessor
Supporting students primarily in Technical Theatre, Social Media & Community Arts to achieve qualifications within the workplace.
2007-2015: Participation Works – Associate
As an Associate Trainer I facilitated groups from the statutory and 3rd sector. Informing them and providing skill/personal development in relevant legislation, strategic policies for organisational development and the methodologies than can be used to involve stakeholders and young people. I also developed bespoke courses for a range of organisations.
2011-2014: Trinity College London – Project Manager (Consultant)
As a consultant project manager I was responsible for developing engagement work across England. This involved the supervision and development of live events, consultation sessions and advocacy with many partners. The role has included digital project management, supporting recruitment & selection activity and line managing a team within the project. The role was the first of it’s kind for the organisation and many processes, practices and policies had to be established among many stakeholders.
2008-2014: CEG Theatre & Entertainment Services Ltd – Founding Director
Embodying my love of theatre arts and providing a platform to support both the community and commercial sectors. My role mainly involved business development and strategically leading on legal, HR and H&S matters. This included developing sales channels, customer relationships, writing tender documents and project management.
2011-2013: Theatre IS… ‐ Board Member (Director), Project & Area Manager
Re-joining the Theatre IS… team at a strategic level & in a freelance capacity to deliver time specific projects was an excellent opportunity to further develop my skills in organisational governance and planning. I led the initial budgeting & planning of work within Luton & Thurrock including the design of an NCFE accredited course in Arts Project Management for South Essex College and creation of an arts festival hosted at the Port of Tilbury. This involved managing a team of artists and overseeing project managers to deliver on the ground work based on my planning throughout the time.
2008-2012: Save The Children ‐ Participation Consultant
I developed and delivered training that enabled staff to engage effectively with stakeholders and how to incorporate the views of children and young people. This included those in the head office environment and in support of workers heading out to war or disaster stricken areas of the world.
2009-2011: Toyota (GB) PLC – Digital Marketing Team
I led the technical development of Toyota.co.uk from the client side, briefing & managing agency partners to deliver updates. This involved process re-mapping and analysis of customer needs. I also led the regular data analysis of our marketing strategies, customer sources and conversions on the site; reporting to senior management every month.
Young Enterprise UK – Business Advisor, Judge & Area Board Member experience
I have been a business adviser to 4 teams now on the company programme, including UK National Finalists in 2019. In 2011 I was also a part of the UK national final judging panel – selecting the team that then went on to win the European finals. In 2012 I joined the area board for Harrow & Brent in North London, supporting the strategic direction of Young Enterprise across the boroughs, helping produce events and judging various mid-year competitions. I have also judged at county & regional levels in the East Midlands.
The Mighty Creatives – Board Member
Regional children’s creative charity and Arts Council England Bridge Organisation for the East Midlands. Supporting compliance, oversight and the organisations strategy. Joined April 2020.
The Institute of Leadership & Management – Board Member
Global professional membership organisation for over 30,000 Leaders and Managers, undertaking research and professional development of members. Elected by the membership, April 2020.
Nottingham Business School – Alumni Fellow
Delivering guest lectures, mentoring students at undergraduate & postgraduate level, contributing to school accreditation reviews, and supporting assessment of student work.
Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership – Enterprise Adviser
Working with local educational institutions to support & enhance industry engagement for careers education.
National Association of Youth Theatres – Sector Development Associate & Adviser to the Board with responsibility for digital communications
The development of localised and national engagement projects that enable the enhancement of access to theatre for young people across England. And most recently supporting the board to offer digital engagement and promote higher engagement with the offer.
Claritao – Lead Technical Associate; Supporting them & clients in digital marketing growth.
All Ways Making - Digital Associate; Managing digital components of the organisation and projects including Creative Critics with Manchester International Festival.
Leicestershire County Council – Mentor; Mentoring creative businesses & webinar delivery.
The Challenge (NCS West Midlands) – Public Speaking Trainer; Delivering training.
Silverlock – Mentor & Trainer; Delivering mentoring and training on a new programme.
The Institute of Leadership & Management (Board Member)
The Mighty Creatives (Board Member)
Cloud Artisans Ltd (Executive Director)
Unit Twenty Three Ltd/CIC (Executive Director)
CEG Theatre & Entertainment Services Ltd (Executive Director)
Theatre IS... (Board Member and time reporting to)
National Association of Youth Theatres (Adviser to the board)
Upstart Projects (Reporting to the board)
Young Enterprise, Harrow & Brent (Local board member)
Trinity College London
Open College Network
I grew up in a supportive single parent family, in Suffolk villages before we moved to the town. I've been inspired by a number of people over the years and can't thank the likes of Kate Veysey, Stuart Mullins and Diana Walton enough. And, genuinely, my mum Angie who has always shows us how hard work pays off even when you're the underdog, not to take everything too seriously, and that working multiple jobs at a time whilst looking after family is very possible. This spirit and support of everyone I've known has been crucial.
In 2006 I was honoured to be the Bury St Edmunds Young Citizen of the Year, and be a national finalist in the Dept.BEIS Enterprising Young Brits Awards 2010 with a reception in Whitehall.