I began my career in curatorial roles at Leeds City Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park before moving into arts funding and development with London Arts Board/ Arts Council England as Head of Arts at the British Council in France. Over the past decade I have been a Clore Fellow (2008/09) and held senior interim management roles at Tate Liverpool (2011-12) and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (2012-2013), as well as running my own consultancy since 2007.
With an academic training as an art historian, I bring a research focus and rigour to all my work, constantly seeking to develop myself professionally to ensure my work is informed by latest thinking and practice. And having trained as a coach and facilitator, a strong coaching ethos underpins all my work; supporting individual and organisations to clarify and achieve their goals, leading to solutions and approaches that are tailored to each client, thereby creating ownership and long-term change.
Throughout my career– as a curator, gallery director, funder and consultant – I’ve been committed to three things which continue to shape to projects I chose to work on today:
- Learning – I believe we work at our best when we are able to master what we do, which means being able to continually learn and apply this to how we work. Therefore, a learning approach underpins my work as a coach, trainer and consultant.
- Diversity – I value and seek to achieve the widest possible engagement in the arts and actively tackle the massive inequalities in participation and employment in the cultural sector. My consultancy and interim leadership roles focus on increasing audience reach and engagement, and improving staff engagement.
- Supporting others – I believe good leadership enables others. As a coach, mentor and trainer, I support people to develop their leadership skills so they can in turn support and develop their teams.
I regularly work in association with other consultants or companies, including People Make it Work on change programmes.