I am an experienced arts leader specialising in producing, coaching, fundraising, and strategic development. I’m passionate about the arts, especially work that makes a tangible difference to people’s lives, and I love helping great people make amazing things happen.
I have a bit of an eclectic background spanning from experimental psychology, to evaluation and research to tour guiding to leading creative organisations. After working in senior positions in the third sector for over a decade, I decided to set up my own consultancy in 2017 to support vital and inspiring organisations and individuals in the arts, creative, entrepreneurial and social impact sectors (especially in health, disability, youth, women’s and equality sectors) to create incredible projects and achieve sustainability
I offer support with creative producing, strategy and project planning; business, personal and team development and bespoke workshops and facilitation; and fundraising (having raised £4M for good causes to date). I’m thrilled to be a part of Inspiring Scotland’s Special Volunteer Network and one of the Theatre Trust’s skills bank.
I really enjoy commissioning and developing new performance work and am a producer of contemporary small scale theatre and storytelling. I founded the Village Storytelling Festival in 2016 to create a place for contemporary storytelling in Scotland, where it could push the boundaries of what was considered to be storytelling and to encourage cross artform story-led work. I was its artistic director for all iterations until 2022. Since 2022 I have been the Executive Director of the award-winning Push the Boat Out: Edinburgh’s International Poetry Festival, a beautiful polyphonic explosion of language-based arts, music, visual art and the places they collide.
I Hope Your Flowers Bloom
I’m currently producing I Hope Your Flowers Bloom, written and performed by Raymond Wilson and Directed by Fiona Mackinnon. I was thrilled to secure it a place in the prestigious Made in Scotland showcase, and we are excitedly preparing to take on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2023.Learn more
Working with people and organisations
I love working alongside people and organisations to help them realise their potential. During the pandemic, I formalised my coaching experience and qualified with a Diploma in Transformational Coaching from Animas. Since then I have gained an ACC credential from the International Coaching Federation. This builds on previous training in facilitation through the renowned Kinharvie Institute.
Arts and cultural clients
I have had the joy and privilege of supporting some of Scotland’s leading arts and cultural organisations including: Independent Arts Projects, All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre, Take Me Somewhere, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, Luminate, Think Circus, Nemo Arts, Strange Town, Sonic Bothy, Puppet Animation Scotland, Articulation, Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow Connected Arts Network, Mischief la bas, and Glass Performance.
Clients outside of the arts
Outside of the arts, I’ve worked with fantastic charities across the UK including Sample clients: Scottish Commission For Learning Disability, Women’s Aid Luton, In Control Scotland, Glasgow Council on Alcohol, Radical Visions, SOL (Support for Ordinary Living), Agenda: Alliance for Women and Girls at Risk, COCIS, Autism Understanding and Historic Environment Scotland.