I am an independent consultant working with arts organisations and charities. I know both sectors well as a practitioner, as a manager and as a trustee. In the early 90s, together with a group of colleagues and collaborators, I was one of the founders of Camden People’s Theatre. CPT has led the way in supporting emerging artists and companies working in new and experimental theatre practice as well as providing development space for more established artists. I am currently Chair of Trustees for CPT but will shortly be stepping down after nearly 20 years of continuous involvement with the development of this key organisation in London’s theatre ecology.
Originally trained as a classical musician (Oxford degree and everything) I later ventured into jazz, cabaret and thence into theatre, working as actor, musician, composer, writer and director on a wide variety of projects. Highlights included working with Shared Experience and a small part in Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy.
Alongside my theatre career, I was developing an interest in the management side of things – how it all happens and what needs to be in place to make an organisation successful and sustainable. I have worked for the last 12 years or so in a range of charities in development and communications roles, creating and implementing strategic development plans, fundraising and winning major contracts and grants with government departments, trusts and foundations and brokering and maintaining important relationships with some big corporate players.
I really want to help more people from backgrounds like mine (no connections, no influence and no idea how to get there) in defiantly studying arts and humanities subjects, following intellectual instincts that lead to important, interesting and sometimes unusual career paths, because if we don’t support that creativity, curiosity and breadth of education we will be economically and spiritually impoverished and talent, time and lives will be wasted.