Chief Executive
Bromsgrove and Redditch Network (BARN) May 2015 – presentBarn 1

Leading BARN, a network supporting voluntary and community organisations across Bromsgrove and Redditch.

BARN supports local communities and helps with networking, information, funding and volunteering. It is also an accredited Volunteer Centre. Work has included returning the charity to a more sustainable financial footing, raising the profile of the organisation (such as re-branding, and the creation of promotional materials such as the YouTube video below), developing a range of successful projects focusing around volunteer engagement and community development, and providing a voluntary sector perspective at a strategic level.

Find out more at www.barn.org.uk


Chief Executive (also Company Secretary)
tall play houseThe Play House April 2006 – April 2012

Leading The Play House, a Birmingham based educational theatre company & charity producing theatre-in-education and a variety of other educational & participatory drama projects for children, young people and their families.

– Led the company and answered directly to the board of the charity
– Developed relationships with strategic partners, funders and other stakeholders.
– The company remained an Investor in People and also attained the Social Enterprise Mark, the first theatre company outside of the capital and only the third in the country to do this.
– Graduate of the Common Purpose Meridian leadership course

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFinancial and fundraising:
– Ran a company budget with £0.3 million annual turnover
– Significantly refocused the funding of The Play House in order to cope with shrinking funding and greater market opportunities, from over 67% of the company’s income being derived from grants to 71% of the charity’s income being derived from sales and commissions.
– Authored or co-authored successful grant or funding applications of around £0.75 million during tenure.
– Responsible for management of administrative and financial operations at The Play House. Duties include overseeing all facets of the organisations financial, legal and administrative responsibilities, including responsibility for fundraising, quotations, and client liaison

Project and programming:
– Oversaw the production of typically 3 new tours, 7 retours and numerous projects reaching around 25,000 participants a year, including curriculum-based, social, community and heritage projects (See examples of heritage projects)
– Created a programme with a variety of partners, collaborators, stakeholders and participants, addressing a wide range of gaps in artistic and educational provision with a range of communities and client groups
– Significantly developed the company’s IT infrastructure and online presence. Radically overhauled the company’s project support into a comprehensive and interactive online learning resource.

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From Left: Tapestry, a programme tackling extremism for young people; Toontoony’s Tales, touring schools for Key Stage 1 exploring Pakistani folk tales; All Good Things at the Museums Collection Centre (click here for more information about All Good Things). Above right: A Botanical Journey, a site-specific project at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens (click here for more information)