I am a researcher, evaluator, and consultant for the arts and cultural sector, working both independently and as an associate of the Foundation for Social Improvement, Institute for Voluntary Action Research, and Sound Connections. I work with mission-driven arts and cultural organisations on strategic planning, decision-making, and evaluation, using an analytical approach and an equity and inclusion lens.
My work is informed by my professional background across the arts and cultural sectors in the UK and Canada, which has mainly focused on arts for social justice, organisational strategy, and impact and evaluation. Previously, I was Senior Manager for Children, Young People, and Learning at Arts Council England, where I developed strategy and policy relating to the creative and cultural lives of children and young people. Before that, I was Impact Manager at Arts & Culture Finance by Nesta, where I led on the development of ideas and frameworks in relation to impact and evaluation. I have also been a Research Fellow on the Boosting Resilience programme in the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at Cass Business School and a Consultant at BOP Consulting, where I delivered research and consulting projects for leading arts and cultural institutions, funders, and government bodies.
Outside of work, I am a Trustee of Magpie Dance, an award-winning charity that empowers people with learning disabilities through inclusive dance programmes across Bromley, South East London, and Kent. I was recognised for this work with the 2019 Leslie Marks Trustee Award from Community Links Bromley. I am also former Vice Chair of Camden People’s Theatre, an ACE National Portfolio Organisation supporting early-career artists making inventive new theatre.
I completed a PhD in Music at the University of Cambridge, with the support of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. I also hold an MA in Music Theory from McGill University and a BA in Music (Honours) from Columbia University. My research has been supported by over 20 grants and awards, and I have published and presented internationally in the UK, US, Canada, and Germany. I have also written for industry publications such as ArtsProfessional.