My role is to help you to develop and share the story of who you are and what you do. I do this through helping to develop your organisation and its work at a strategic level, including research and evaluation, and then sharing this through photography and writing. I work with anyone who is passionate about what they do, primarily within the not for profit, arts and cultural sector.
I have a unique way of thinking, which is a combination of my technical, practical mindset and my creative practice of photography and music. I’m an awesome person to have on your team, as a general problem solver, alternative thinker and someone who gets things done and makes things happen.
After doing my BA (hons.) in Theatre Studies (a mainly academic degree, with some stage management, design and lighting design) I went straight into working in IT and technology for ten years delivering marketing and PR. During this time I gained a Professional Diploma from Chartered Institute of Marketing. I felt like this wasn’t the right world for me, and so I retrained as a teacher, gaining my PGCE in 2010.
I mainly worked in FE teaching English and Theatre Studies, however I realised that I missed using my business, organisation and strategic thinking skills. I achieved an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths University of London in 2012 and set up as a freelancer during this time. You can see my CV here.
I’ve been doing photography for years, getting my first DSLR in 2008 and working as a photography technician at a college. I now offer photography services, helping to share the story of what you do visually, as well as event coverage and portraiture.
Clients include: Trinity College London, Royal Opera House Bridge, James Rose/Royal Academy of Music, Thurrock Council, Thurrock Music Services and Stagecoach.
I can write and speak on any of the topics I talk about on my blog including: the arts; arts management; arts education; bringing business skills and outlook to the arts; creative thinking in business; developing a creative practice; being a freelancer; disability and chronic illness.
I blog about creativity; the arts; thinking strategically; my own creative practice, living with a disability and and anything related to the work that I do.
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Some of my top posts:
Making community music accessible to all
Making conducting accessible
Honouring your ideas
Music and spotify
Being a part time wheelchair user
Presenting from a wheelchair
Suffering for work
The importance of good business practice
The fight for a wheelchair