An actor/teacher before turning to arts development I spent 18 years with Southern Arts Board, initially as Theatre Officer and later as Deputy Chief Executive responsible for the Board’s capital strategy and the development and implementation of Lottery-funded grants programmes.
I went on to be Programme Manager of Awards for All, the £50million National Lottery scheme for voluntary groups, establishing it as a long-term community grants programme, before joining the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as Deputy Director of Operations.
During 10 years at HLF I led, managed and developed regional teams responsible for assessing and monitoring grants worth approximately £100million p.a., and managed partnerships with the Countryside Agency, English Heritage, National Youth Agency and others.
I trained in cultural leadership with the Management Centre; Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Minnesota; National School of Government, and Roffey Park Institute.
Since 2010 I’ve worked as an independent arts and heritage consultant with clients including arts organisations, museums, campaign groups, the National Trust and local councils.
A former trustee of Artswork, ArtSway and Arts Research Ltd I was chair of Nuffield Theatre Southampton (2005-11), Creative Partnerships, Southampton, Portsmouth, Hampshire & IoW, (2004-2011) and Culture Southampton (2011-14), and interim chair of Making Space, Hampshire's leading craft and design agency 2014-15.
I am currently Deputy Chair of the National Lottery Heritage Fund area committee for England: London & South and chair of the strategic advisory group for South West Museum Development Programme. I'm currently a trustee of Common Ground, champions of local distinctiveness, and chair the board of Winchester Poetry Festival which I co-founded in 2013.
I'm a widely published poet, author of three volumes of poetry: Desire Lines (Arrowhead 2010); The Sisyphus Dog (Worple 2014), and The Blue Tree (Indigo Dreams 2019).
A resident of Winchester for 30 years I now live in North Dorset.