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 adore music – I play the flute in my local concert band (where I’m the marketing person). I’m an adult learner and in two years I have gained two music grades, plus grade five theory. I’m currently working on grade six flute and grade one piano. In addition I love my ukulele. I think they should be available on prescription, they are such happy little instruments and make a lovely sound. They are easy to learn and play full songs quite quickly, but like everything worth doing they require time and energy to play them really well. I write about music here.
My logo is the representation of my initials in braille, a creative communication solution to an issue. Purple is my favourite colour, so much so that my wedding dress was purple, so it makes sense that my business carries that colour too. I like to keep things simple, so I dress in shades of blue and grey with the occasional pop of purple to liven things up.
I’m very active on Instagram. I’m quite often out and about with my wonderful, crazy Springer Spaniel, Buster and this is where many of my photos stem from. I am on a mission to highlight the good points of the area where I live, and so I have a positive journalism project called Beautiful Thurrock. I live here with my amazing husband, Gavin.
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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