I founded Stop The Pigeon in 2002. I am a project manager, communications consultant, facilitator and coach working in the cultural and live games sectors. I work with executive teams, boards, staff and stakeholders to develop robust project management, effective communications and programme delivery. The projects I deliver most often engage with local communities and gain international profile. I am also a member of blacc a partnership of senior professionals who work together to help deliver major national and international projects and offer exceptional management services from all sectors.
My current contract is with Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as Project Manager – Ceremonies, Culture and Queen’s Baton Relay.
I have twenty five years experience in the cultural sector and have been part of senior teams to launch six major cultural organisations across the UK. Recent Communications Consultancy work includes the launch of Cast a new £21m performing arts venue in Doncaster which opened in September 2013; The Core at Corby Cube part of a £30m new build project in 2010 and Lead Communications Consultant with National Theatre Wales during 2009/2011, believed to be the first national cultural organisation in the UK to launch with an online community and live global digital broadcast.
I am a regular facilitator and coach on Short Courses and Board Development days for the Clore Leadership Programme – strengthening leadership in the cultural sector and keeping abreast of arts sector challenges.
Previous work includes: Communications Director Bathing Beauties® International Art and Architecture Competitions for Michael Trainor, Lead Artist Lincolnshire Coast (2006 – 2009); Communications Director (p/t) Octagon Theatre, Bolton (2002 – 2007); Head of Marketing and Public Affairs Contact Manchester (1999 – 2002); Marketing and Press Manager Royal Exchange Theatre (1996 – 1999) and Communications Consultant for a wide range of clients from 2002 – 2012 including The Lowry, Urbis and Community Arts North West: Exodus Refugee Arts Partnership.
I was selected to be England’s North West Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme2007/2008. This Fellowship included training, secondments and research which I chose to undertake into The Role of Arts and Culture in the Regeneration of Traditional English Seaside Resorts, a précis of which was published by the Coastal Communities Alliance.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and an Accredited Coach with Performance Coach Training Ltd and Relational Dynamics. I am a Prince 2 Project Management Accredited Practitioner, Member of the Arts Marketing Association, Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts Manufacturers and Commerce and Associate Member of the Association for Coaching.
My preferred mode of travel is my bicycle although I may be the world’s slowest cyclist. Born in Salford, I live in Manchester, have no children or pets and work peripatetically.