Consultancy & Other Stuff


FullSizeRender 44I’m asked to speak, chair panels and interviews, and run workshops regularly for different events and organisations. Some examples include:

Workshop Facilitator ‘Speaking a Different Language’, helping artists master business language and approaches for the Broken Crow Residency at the Everyman, Cork (April 2017).

Chair of panel with Jo Caust, Constance Devereaux and Tseng Sun Man as part of Brokering Intercultural Exchange, an international research network seminar at Queen’s University Belfast (April 2017). Click here for audio & PPTs.

Chair of panel on ‘The role of festivals in supporting the development of new work‘ at Birmingham Rep as part of On The Edge World Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences (July 2016). I was involved in the Artistic Advisory group for the festival during 2014 – 2016.

Keynote on ‘Who will pay for the value that theatre brings to society?’  as part of the Theatre 2016 Conference (May 2016). A tidied up version of what I said is here.

Over the years, I’ve contributed to events for (among others) Arts &Business NI, TheatreNI, ASSITEJ, Belfast City Council, Theatre Forum and have also chaired discussions and interviews for the Lughnasa International Friel Festival, Theatre Forum, TYA Ireland, and Eurocities among others.

Topics range from how we interpret shared cultural space in peacebuilding and regeneration; to children’s cultural rights and their development as citizens; how the arts function as part of the voluntary sector; advocacy for the arts and how we inform policy; festivals as meeting points and market places and as drivers for a city identity; the arts and the Global Economic Crisis; audience development and how we reach families as well as communities; and arts within the education sector.

Consultancy & Evaluation

Brace or Breakthrough
Brace or Breakthrough, Prime Cut Productions, Belfast 2015. Photo: British Council

Currently, I’m working as a Strategic Advisor for Belfast City Council on the joint bid for European Capital of Culture with Derry & Strabane District Council, #WeAre2023.

I am also an independent Artistic Assessor for Arts Council of Northern Ireland and have done advisory work for An Chomhairle Ealaion/Arts Council of Ireland.


Previous work includes strategic review and development work for Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre and Prime Cut Productions; independent artistic reviews for other festivals; conceiving and preparing artistic programmes, strategic and business plans for Young at Art and Replay Productions.

My most recent evaluation was a documentation of Brace or Breakthrough, a symposium organised by Prime Cut Productions and the MAC on producing models for performing arts. My report is there as a download, just look for the text hyperlink under the video.


I occasionally contribute articles for different publications and websites.  Here are a few:

Our cultural leaders have a choice… for Slugger O’Toole (Mar 2017)

Fair Trade is a model theatre should adopt for The Stage (Oct 2016)

Once more around the fishbowl, or maybe not for Slugger O’Toole (Feb 2016)

Funding the arts in the ‘real’ world for Scope NI, online platform (Oct 2014)

I used to have a blog called Devilsintheteatowels but it didn’t last.

Training & Teaching

My main teaching work is on the MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy at Queen’s University Belfast.  I’ve been lecturing on Strategic planning and analysis, Leadership and Business planning since the course began in 2012, designing my own course content and working with QUB staff to align it to the other modules.

I’ve also been a guest speaker for the MA in Festive Arts students at University of Limerick a number of times, also addressing their MA cohort about leadership in the arts.

I worked as a mentor for Arts & Business NI, as a host mentor on their Creative Internships Programme in 2013 and as an individual mentor on their Creating Futures Programme in 2014.

I worked with the Volunteer Service Bureau to offer training in volunteer policy development to their Sports Volunteer Champions in the run-up to the Olympic year.