I am a youth arts specialist with a background in arts and young people at risk and national, regional and local policy development. My background is in music and I started out working as a Creative coordinator and music workshop tutor for local authority youth services then moved to Artswork, the national youth arts development agency, with founding chairman Professor Sir Ken Robinson. Later I became National Director of Artswork, the youth arts development agency and then Director of a Community Foundation before leaving to run my own consultancy & training company.
I manage youth arts / educational projects and programmes, and support professional artists through training, advice and mentoring. I am regularly commissioned to work for a range of partners and clients; these have included Arts Council England national and regional offices, Youth Music, NESTA, and the National Student Drama Festival, and for past seven years have written and delivered a suite of youth arts project planning and fundraising courses for Music Leader London with similar courses now also running in the south east, south west, and west midlands, have been Guest Lecturer University of East London (Music Industry Management BA). I’ve also worked as Stage Manager at Glastonbury Festival, and have run conferences and events.
I’ve been involved in the Arts Award qualification for young people since its launch six years ago and am an associate of the national team at Trinity College London. As well as being a Senior Moderator and trainer.
A couple of years ago I launched a new social enterprise called Firestarter Arts and we are now working with young people who have taken over an empty shop in Wiltshire and to open a creative youth project called The Unit. We work with artists and volunteers to run music and creative arts events and projects, for example supporting young bands, journalism, creative writing, painting events, pop up cafes, etc.
I’ve written a little book called Get Sorted the guide to youth arts project planning and fundraising and play bass guitar and sing with a band.
I’ve volunteered for Arts Emergency because I believe passionately in creativity and the arts and I know how to help people get from the “I’ve got a great idea” stage to making things happen in the real world.