Lesley has over 20 years of cross sector experience working nationally to support a range of creative, heritage, education and cultural organisations on a strategic and operational level.
She has extensive delivery and consultancy experience in youth arts, training development, safeguarding, equality and diversity, project management, skills development, professional practice, participation, evaluation and facilitation.
Her wide understanding and cross sector knowledge have allowed her to support a range of organisations and individuals to progress exciting, innovative partnership work and to develop successful funding bids that support new workstreams, product development and professional learning.
Lesley has worked alongside numerous organisations and charities to develop stakeholder driven programmes that empower people and has contributed to many national programmes, projects and campaigns that promote the learning, wellbeing and development of children and young people.
As an evaluation consultant she has developed frameworks and reports that link medical, educational, heritage and skills-based frameworks.
Using evidence based evaluation and research she has contributed to the strategic development of a number of organisations through the development of bespoke evaluation systems and Theory of Change Models and supported work with Artsmark and the Arts Council England Quality Principles
An experienced educational professional she has developed, written and delivered a range of accredited and non-accredited courses and has written and delivered many peer education, mentoring and professional development programmes which provide training for young people, professionals and emerging professionals working across the heritage, creative and cultural sectors.
Lesley has valuable experience of working with people with additional needs and has worked alongside education, cultural and creative professionals to develop work that improves outcomes and engagement and that considers areas such as neurodiversity and mental health and wellbeing.
Lesley is an artist in her own right and has developed work with many of the region’s leading organisations. As well as developing theatre and performance work she works as a writer and visual artist. Working with the heritage, creative and cultural sectors she has developed many site-specific resources and education programmes to support community outreach and has extensive experience of creative work within communities and schools.
Sheila has a wide experience of community consultation that supports stakeholders to interact and collaborate with the creative, cultural and heritage sectors. As a creative practitioner she is expert in using creative techniques to engage stakeholders. Sheila has significant experience of market research to support her work.
She has worked widely with creative artists, organisations, and communities, nationally and internationally, this has included work with partners from across Europe.
Previous clients include Arts Council England, Creative People, Creative Places, National Trust and The British Council.