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I support people to creative positive change and fulfil their potential through my work as a coach, facilitator, trainer, mentor and consultant.

Based in York I work across the UK, mainly in the creative and cultural sectors but also with charities, universities, local authorities, schools. I’m highly experienced in virtual working and having been facilitating and coaching online for a decade. Current and recent clients include organisations of all scales from volunteer and artist-led organisations through to local authorities, national institutions, funders and many of the UK’s leading galleries and museums. You can see what they say about working with me here.

Conscious that many are facing financial challenges in 2020 I have introduced a ‘Pay What You Can’ approach for individuals (for coaching and mentoring), so please don’t let cost be barrier to accessing the support you need.

I regularly lecture, speak and write about these topics too.

Private: Galleries and museums

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  • Strategy development
  • Interim leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Evaluation
  • Research
  • Change projects

I began my career in education and curatorial roles in art galleries and museums, later becoming Head of Visual Arts for the Arts Council in London. I have direct experience of the full range of areas within art gallery management and leadership, from fundraising and retail management, business planning to commissioning contemporary art or managing residencies. This breadth of experience means I can offer a wide range of support services to galleries and museums.

Key consultancy projects include developing the pre-opening business plan for The Hepworth Wakefield; interim Assistant Director for Middlesbrough Museum of Modern Art (mima) 2011-12 and various projects for Tate including a review of interpretation strategy.

Whilst I am highly experienced and able to advise as required on various strategic and operational issues in the cultural sector, I don’t believe for one second that I have all the answers. In my experience plans and projects produce better results when client staff are closely involved, so I work in a collaborative and constructive way that builds on your existing strengths and increases your organisational capacity and resilience.

 

Organisational change

 

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  • Organisational development
  • Change programme support

The challenges and opportunities of the massive social, technological and economic disruption of CV19 mean our ability to work flexibly and productively with a clear sense of purpose is essential to survival. Being able to predict, respond and thrive in these challenging and volatile times is perhaps the critical skill currently – and one where organisations often need additional expertise and capacity.

I offer three main services in terms of supporting change: interim leadership roles; change consultancy and training.

Interim roles – since 2010 I have led a number of major change projects in interim senior roles at Tate Liverpool and mima, as well as supported organisations including Turner Contemporary, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Focal Point Gallery and Ripon Museum Trust to develop their organisations in times of transition.

As a consultant I believe lasting change is created and led from within organisations and therefore support staff to enable this change. I draw on my wide experience of working with other organisations to create meaningful and long-term change to provide examples, frameworks and tools you will find helpful in this process. But the process is always driven by the client and therefore the nature and scale of success will be determined by you and your team.

Coaching

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STOP PRESS – Conscious that many are facing financial challenges in 2020 I have introduced a ‘Pay What You Can’ approach for individuals (for coaching and mentoring), so please don’t let cost be barrier to accessing the support you need. If you’re interested in exploring whether coaching might be for you please get in touch to arrange a free introductory conversation.

 

Coaching is a learning process which supports you to realize your potential and improve your performance. I help you clarify your goals, build your confidence, identify your strengths and develop self-awareness. I work as your learning buddy, offering powerful questions and a framework to progress your thinking. It’s an accountable but safe space where you can really challenge and stretch yourself.

For over a decade I’ve coached CEOs and Trustees, emerging leaders, apprentices, nurses, teachers, artists and more as individuals as well as providing coaching for leaders on various fellowships and courses including the Clore Leadership Programme, Big Local’s Community Leadership Academy and British Council’s Accelerate programme.  I’ve supported people to develop their leadership style; plan or change their career; and progress their professional development; as well as to progress issues of work/life balance; wellbeing; and improving difficult relationships. Coaching works in almost any situation where you want to achieve change. It can be particularly effective in situations where you feel ‘stuck’ or unclear about how to proceed. When you’re faced with complexity, uncertainty or competing priorities and advice, coaching can offer a rigorous and impartial space to explore what you really want and discover new options about how to achieve it.

I am fully accredited coach and Member of the Association of Coaching. I use a wide variety of coaching methods and techniques, depending on how you prefer to learn – this can include conversations, physical/ spatial exercises (even over the phone or by Zoom), writing exercises and drawing/ visualization. I can also provide exercises to complete before and between sessions to help you make the most of your coaching sessions and apply your learning.

As a mentor I use many of the techniques of coaching, complemented with sharing of advice, experience and networks particularly in terms of career development; managing/ leading people and organisations; leading change and aspects of gallery management (fundraising, learning strategy, audience development). I regularly mentor people through a number of leadership programmes including engage Extend and Clore Emerging Leaders as well as individual clients.

 

 

Contact

Interested in finding out more about how I could help your organisation? Initial consultations are always free, and if I can’t help then I can recommend someone else who could.

You can find a list of recent and current clients, and the types of project, here.