Senior management & Executive

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 is the voice of the voluntary sector, supporting local communities and helping 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.

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Development Manager
BBCWT text left PNGThe Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country August 2012 – December 2014

Leading the Development Department at The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country, one of 47 Trusts working for wildlife across the UK. 

– Developed relationships with strategic partners, funders and other stakeholders.
– Oversaw all development, fundraising, membership and communications functions of the Trust
– Liaised with the national office regarding co-ordinated campaigns and agendas.

– Worked closely with senior staff & trustees to refocus funding priorities
– Developed major conservation and engagement projects to address the Trust’s strategic objectives
– Worked closely with all Trust staff to coordinate and support them in the development of and fundraising for smaller projects.
– Authored or co-authored grant or funding applications of over £1 million during tenure, with experience of lottery & statutory funding, and grant-making trusts.

Membership and Communications:
– Collaborated with 7 other Trusts set up a new Face to Face membership recruitment company
– Improved the Trust’s offer to members, enhancing the membership journey and improving retention rates
– Oversaw the Trust’s external communications, and a member of the national web task group
– Significantly increased the Trust’s online presence through Facebook and Twitter
– Developed the Trust’s external branding, creating consistent and modern marketing materials

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From left: An early morning for International Dawn Chorus Day, coordinated by the Trust (here at the Trust’s reserve at Moseley Bog); the Trust’s people and wildlife team demonstrate green woodworking; Deer’s Leap Wood, a new reserve once part of the old M&B Brewery. Above right: Wild bluebells at a Trust reserve.


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)


General Manager (also Company Secretary)
tall play houseThe Play House September 2004–April 2006

Responsible for management of administrative and financial operations. Oversaw all facets of the organisations financial, legal and administrative responsibilities, including shared responsibility for fundraising, quotations and client liaison. Co-authored successful grant or funding applications of over £100,000 during tenure. Oversaw the replacement & renewal of the company’s IT infrastructure and introduced an online presence.



Freelance Fundraising & Development Consultant

This works include advising on fundraising strategy, strategic goals, governance, marketing & operational matters. Most notably this has included acting as freelance Development Director for Mad Hatter’s Children’s Charity, which has included creating the YouTube video below to promote the organisation.