My approach as a consultant  is based on hands-on experience of running arts organisations, combined with high-level professional training as a coach, facilitator, and change manager. And whilst highly experienced and able to advise as required on various strategic and operational issues in the cultural sector, I don’t believe for one second that I have all the answers. In my experience plans and projects produce better results when client staff are closely involved, so I work in a highly collaborative and facilitative style.

The kind of consultancy and research projects I enjoy working on include:

  • Organisational change and development – recent projects have included working with Tate Liverpool, Turner Contemporary, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Focal Point Gallery and Ripon Museums Trust.
  • Qualitative research including feasibility and options analysis – including programme evaluations for ARTIST ROOMS, sector-wide research and strategy development for Mission, Models and Money and Tate National.
  • Business and strategic planning – with Meadow Arts, Hepworth Wakefield, the Tetley.

Please give me a ring, or drop me an email, to find out more about how I could help your organisation. Initial consultations are always free, and if I’m not the right person for the job then I can usually recommend someone else who could help.

“Claire has been great to work with, supportive and provoking, her thoughtful and positive approach helped us develop our business plan, clarify our key priorities and articulate them clearly and succinctly to both the board and the team.”

Bryony Bond, Creative Director, The Tetley

“Claire was our consultant on an Arts Council funded Resilience Project that aimed to shift the culture of the museums to be more inclusive and engaging. Claire  very quickly got to grips with the nuances of the organization and she was very adept at shifting her style to suit the situation and the people she was working with. She was a great mixture of project leader, critical friend, mentor, coach and facilitator, depending on what the circumstances required. Throughout, she was a pleasure to work with and was crucial in helping us to refine the brief of the project and to steer the project to a successful conclusion.”

James Etherington, Director, Ripon Museum Trust

“I’ve found working with Claire particularly useful because she clearly and succinctly identifies what needs doing and what our respective roles are in moving forward. Most importantly, she is the critical friend who will tell me what I need to hear, even if it’s an uncomfortable message. During busy times, Claire’s realistic approach is exactly what I need.”

Dr Karl Wilding, Director of Public Policy, NCVO

“Claire made a tremendous contribution to mima at a crucial time for the organisation.  Her understanding of the Arts and Museums sector, her knowledge of organisational change, coupled with her calm, structured approach was a real asset to me and the team.”

Kate Brindley, former Director, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima)

“Claire’s strengths and experience lie in her deep understanding of the critical, practical, developmental and economic landscape of the cultural and creative industries, in particular the visual arts and crafts sector.  Claire works industriously, creatively and with good humour, a much needed asset in the arts sector.”

Stephen Beddoe, Director Student Enterprise and Employability, University of the Arts London

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