I established Stop The Pigeon in 2002. I am from Salford and live in Manchester, England. I work peripetically across the UK and internationally. I am a senior project manager, communications consultant, facilitator and coach working in the cultural, educational and live games sectors. I work with executive teams, boards, staff and stakeholders to develop robust systems with clients for results driven delivery.
In 2018, contracts have so far include for the British Council, working with National Arts Council Singapore to deliver a significant Leadership Programme in Singapore; Without Walls, the UK’s largest commissioner of outdoor work, and Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation 2018 – 2020. Additionally, consultation for resilience programmes with two highly regarded companies based in London, UK- Rosetta Arts and Emergency Exit Arts via people make it work.
Former major contracts have included in 2013/2014 for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as Project Manager – Ceremonies, Culture and Queen’s Baton Relay.
I have over twenty five years experience and have been part of senior teams to launch six major cultural organisations across the UK. 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 have been 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 (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 awarded England’s North West Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme 2007/2008. The 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 (Chapter 7) 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 International 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.