Peterloo: From the Crowd Evaluation Consultant
From the Crowd is an immersive street theatre production project commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre in central Manchester. It aims to share the historic themes of the event when many men, women and children were killed by armed forces during a peaceful protest advocating the right for every man to have a vote; to use drama to make connections between contemporary and historical democratic processes; and to develop new approaches artistically across the partners, commissioned artists, and participants. The production is a partnership by Manchester Histories, Brighter Sound and Manchester City Council, funded by the council and Arts Council England. The evaluation focusses on outcomes and processes for audiences, participants, artists and partner organisations, whilst also monitoring quantitative data to report to a variety of funders.
South Square Centre Evaluation Consultant
South Square Centre is a collection of 19th century workers cottages in Thornton on the edges of Bradford and the West Yorkshire moors. One of the few surviving examples of this design of housing, it was saved from demolition in the early 1980s, and taken over by the community as an arts centre. Today it still celebrates the combination of art, community and history. I am currently working with the team to advise them on the development of an evaluation framework for a new heritage programme as part of their Stage 2 delivery application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The plan will combine independent guidance and analysis with in house data collection and artist led creative consultation.
Association of Independent Museums Organisational Change Enabler & Heritage Lottery Fund Resilient Heritage Mentor
As an AIM trained Museums Enabler, and Heritage Lottery Fund appointed mentor / consultant for resilient heritage development and for engagement; I help heritage organisations look at their organisation and how to take it forward into a new political, economic and public landscape. This happens by challenging, advising, facilitating and supporting senior leadership and governance groups in thinking differently and improving their vision, structures and approaches to be more ready for a new climate. This might mean for example, reshaping governance structures or procedures; recruiting and managing specialist consultants or other providers; exploring new income generation potential; changing business models; and being up to date with legislative requirements. This builds on previous work as a social impact evaluator, coach, mentor, critical friend, charity trustee, fundraiser, Arts Council Resilient Museum Consultant; as well as 20+ years working in heritage and other sectors using mixed-economy models.