Specialising in public engagement and systems approaches to managing change I bring over ten years experience working across higher education, development and the arts. Relevant projects include managing the secretariat for the National Forum for Public Engagement with STEM bringing together all the major funders and providers of STEM engagement to better understand where to place investment and to improve collaboration, co-operation and learning across the sector. Developing a public engagement strategy and action plan for the Quadram Institute and supporting the development of “Film Matters?” an innovative programme seeking to support cultural venues to measure and articulate the value of film exhibition.
Research and Insight
Drawing together complex information into a coherent and insightful narrative. Recent projects have included a report on the the challenges, risks and opportunities of collecting behavioural attributes for new digital identity systems, and an evaluation for the Wellcome Trust and RCUK into the extent (breadth and depth) of public engagement culture change within the research and higher education. I am currently working on an internal review of a public engagement unit looking at their support for researchers and how they can enable advocacy for engagement at departmental levels.
I bring a wealth of facilitation experience utilising a wide range of participatory techniques including ‘open space’. I seek to create spaces that enable meaningful conversations and connections to flourish. Whether you are setting up a new venture or confronting the challenges of an uncertain landscape, I can help you find your way forward by surfacing and enriching ideas, probing and deepening thinking, and finding ways to involve key stakeholders in your visioning or strategic processes.
I work closely with researchers, artists and organisations of different sizes to take ideas from conception to completion through creative consultancy, logistical support and network and audience development. I have a passion for managing in emergent and uncertain environments, and can look after and oversee all elements of product production from marketing, social media, relationship building, fundraising and evaluation. You may like to consider using my services as part of a research grant, particularly around pathways to impact or to deliver bespoke elements of larger projects.