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Cultivate Associates

Moss Cooper

Fundraising and Philanthropy, Organisational Development

Following a career in venue management Moss Cooper became director of the Arts Council's National Lottery Programme in 1995. In his 11 years in the role he established significant investment in arts infrastructure, devised strategic investment of funds and radically changed the Arts Council's policy for culturally diverse organisations.

In 2006 Moss moved to New York where he took the position of associate Dean of the School of the Arts, Director of Principal Gifts at Columbia University. The role saw him enter at a critical time of development. In this position he renovated and established programmes, providing opportunities for new and existing donors and succeeded in reversing declining revenues.

Moss has worked as an international consultant with organisations including the Sydney Opera House and a wide range USA & UK companies and agencies advising on and implementing philanthropy and donor strategies.

Robert Nieri - Freeths LLP

Organisational Development - Charity and Commercial/Company law

Robert is a Senior Associate of Freeths whose main areas of work include commercial dispute resolution and commercial advice together with shared responsibility for firm-wide business development and communications. He has a particular interest in charities and "more-than-profit" sector.

Robert's recent work includes:

  • Review of 22 Museums' legal structure of Survive & thrive, Cultivate's organisational development programme funded by Renaissance East Midlands
  • Advising on the legal restructure of Cultivate
  • Acting for social enterprises upon transfer of substantial property from another social enterprise (environmental)
  • Acting upon merger of two social enterprises (care sector)
  • Advising organisations upon charitable registration
  • Advising charities on governance and constitutional issues
  • Responsibility for preparation of documentation for firm tenders for legal services
  • Involvement with website content development, firm PR and corporate social responsibility
  • Involvement in community volunteer work

Fred Brookes

Organisational development

Fred has worked in the cultural and creative industries as an artist, craftsperson and teacher, in arts organisation and management, as a development consultant and researcher, at a senior level in the arts funding system, and an investor and company director.

In the 80s he was director of the Midland Group Arts Centre inNottingham, one of the major contemporary arts venues of its time, embracing exhibitions, cinema and performance, and he chaired the National Association of Arts Centres. Subsequently he was Director of the Tyneside Cinema and its film festival inNewcastle, before moving into consultancy with Comedia. Alongside his role at Cultivate Fred is Business Development Adviser with Creative Leicestershire.

He has held directorships of several cultural organisations, including Nottingham Media Centre Ltd (Broadway) which he chairs.

Alison Edbury, &Co

Audience Development & Marketing, Organisational Development

Alison has extensive skills and experience in leadership and management, marketing, fundraising and communications having held posts since the 1980s at Ikon Gallery, Cornerhouse, FACT and most recently, &Co The cultural marketing house.

Alison's role at &Co has involved providing overall leadership and management of the core consulting, professional development and digital/on-line offers of the business and acting as the lead representative of the overall business in the Arts & Cultural community both in Yorkshire and further afield.

Alison led &Co through a major organisational change programme in 2007/10, and has also led numerous multiple year collaborative audience engagement and research programmes Alison was Chair of Audiences UK 2007-2011, was appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in September 2010 and also has a PGDip. in European Cultural Planning. She is currently a Director of Audiences UK.

Jo-Anne Breckon

Strategic Development and Fundraising

Jo has fifteen years' experience of management and programme delivery in the arts and cultural sectors, with particular expertise in arts funding, strategic development, public art and arts, health and wellbeing.

In 2007, after nine years at the Arts Council of Wales, Jo joined Willis Newson, the UK's leading consultancy specialising in arts and health, and became its Deputy Director in 2010.

Jo is a founding partner of Ceridwen, a collective of experienced professionals working in the arts culture and heritage sectors. She is also an Associate of Willis Newson and an external assessor for the Arts Council of Wales' Lottery Capital Programme.

Pawlet Brookes

Leadership & Skills Development, Management, Audience Development & Marketing

Pawlet Brookes is the director of Serendipity, the company that produces the Let's Dance International Festival. She has been the Artistic Director of the Peepul Centre,Leicester and more recently the Chief Executive of Rich Mix, East London and for both organisations she instigated and nurtured new festivals and arts activity.

Pawlet Brookes is one of the most successful and respected Black artistic CEOs of her generation. Initially trained as a dance teacher and performer, she went on to gain BA and MA qualifications in the field of arts, before working for a number of established arts organisations up and down the country. Through this, Pawlet has gained an extensive background in the arts that reflects the vision, passion and diversity of. As a result of her work she was nominated as a finalist in the Regeneration and Renewal Awards 2009 for Leadership in Regeneration.

Michael Hoar

Leadership & Skills Development and Organisational Development

Michael Hoar has more than fifteen years' experience of cultural sector development, including roles at Arts Council England and Culture East Midlands, delivering on major government initiatives. Working with national government, national and regional agencies and local bodies, he was instrumental in forming strategic multi-agency partnerships across: education and skills; economic development and regeneration; local government; spatial planning; health; and Third sectors.

In 2008 Michael established his own independent consultancy practice, working with clients in leadership and management, as well as strategy and organisational development. Today, Michael's clients include regional cultural sector development agencies, local authorities, cultural organisations and independent professionals.

Heather Lomas

Organisational Development

Heather Lomas is an established and well respected cultural heritage consultant with an exceptional track record. She provides a strategic overview for projects, whilst always maintaining a pragmatic and practical approach to problem solving.

Heather has a diverse clientele and works across the UK and beyond, delivering a range of services. Specialising in strategy and policy development, enabling organisational change, project management, volunteer development, audience development, consultation and evaluation, collections management and development and event management Heather has delivered contracts on national policy and project delivery for MLA and ACE and worked with clients from large national museums to small volunteer run organisations.

Heather's reputation for consistently high standards and successful delivery of projects, combined with her flair for facilitation and networking with the cultural heritage sector, provide the context and expertise required to ensure successful delivery of projects

Heather is a monitor, mentor and expert adviser to the Heritage Lottery Fund, an affiliate of Collections Trust and a partner in Collections Management Network.

Debbie Read

Fundraising & Philanthropy, Organisational Development

Debbie Read is a cultural management consultant, specialising in business strategy, fundraising and governance. Debbie has delivered consultancy projects for arts organisations and museums across the country and offers expertise and experience in developing fundraising and income generation strategies.

She was Director for Arts & Business in the East Midlands for 10 years, working in partnership with cultural organisations and commercial businesses. She was Head of Combined Arts & Planning at East Midlands Arts, managing arts lottery distribution, corporate and local government relationships, and regional funding for combined arts.

As a consultant she has worked on the Renaissance East Midlands programmes, Survive & Thrive, and Improving Governance & Succession Planning, and as a trainer and facilitator for boards across the East Midlands. She was a national governance consultant for Arts & Business for 8 years before going freelance in 2011, and a trainer and broker for commercial business people joining cultural boards through the Arts & Business Board Bank.