I am passionate about audience engagement and involving audiences right from the start through to the end of projects, putting them at the heart of activity. I love working with clients to explore creative techniques which provide opportunities for everyone to feel able to take part.
I have been planning, delivering and supporting projects in the Arts & Heritage sector since 2005, specialising in National Lottery Heritage Fund projects. I started my career at the wonderful National Trust property, Ickworth House, as a Learning and Interpretation Officer, working with different schools, educational and community groups. I then moved on to work for English Heritage as the Audience Development Manager at the beautiful Wrest Park, where I developed and delivered a range of activities and events to engage a wider audience.
In 2013 I went freelance and a few years later, we set up Bright Culture. Since that time, I have been so lucky to be involved in many projects across England which have allowed me to develop my skills in project development, delivery, training, evaluation, interpretation, education and volunteering. I have worked with some wonderful clients and been involved in some inspiring projects.
I have delivered consultation on the South Coast, evaluated festivals in Lincolnshire, piloted volunteer projects at Stonehenge, interviewed teachers in North Norfolk and searched for WW1 archaeology with young people in Staffordshire to name a few. The best part of my job is working with people and I spend a lot of time mentoring and particularly enjoy supporting people who are in isolated and challenging roles. I specialise in developing projects which engage hard-to-reach audiences, visitor consultation and evaluation.
My work is very varied and I feel this diversity adds to what I can offer the clients I support, who are often in similarly varied roles.