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Cultivate Team

Vanessa Rawlings-Jackson

Executive Director


Vanessa Rawlings-Jackson started her career in the arts as the first General Manager at Perth Theatre and then held key marketing roles as Marketing Director and Consultant to major UK companies including Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse and Leicester Haymarket.

She has previously worked with Arts Council England specialising in marketing and audience development and business planning. During this period she gained experience in a wide range of art forms and undertook consultancy work for an extensive range of cultural organisations throughout the UK and abroad as well as for the Arts Councils of England and Wales.

Vanessa specialises in governance, business planning and implementation, advocacy and developing skills and strategies for fundraising and philanthopry. She is a Fellow of the royal Society of the Arts, Chair of Retina Dance, and a director of Audiences UK.

0115 947 6202 Ext. 227

Fred Brookes

Executive Director

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, currently including Advantage Creative Services Ltd and Nottingham Media Centre Ltd (Broadway) which he chairs.

As an Executive Director at Cultivate Fred specialises in organisational development.

0115 947 6202 Ext. 227

Keren Bramman

Finance Manager

Keren has worked as Cultivate's Business Manager since March 2007 and has responsibility for the organisation's financial and operational management.

Keren also works on a freelance basis providing finance and operations management for arts/cultural organisations. Recent clients include The Mighty Creatives, Meeting Ground Theatre Company and, currently, Writing East Midlands and contracts have involved finance processing, cash flow management and budgeting, production of management accounts and finance/funding reports.

Keren's freelance work has also included the review and development of company policies (HR related: Staff Expenses, Lone Working, Health & Safety etc) and also the development of Risk Registers and Cost Recovery systems.

Keren has Board level experience having sat on the Wirksworth Festival Board between 2010 and 2012. Keren holds the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

Ruth Jindal

Communications and Events Manager

Ruth Jindal is the Events and Communications Manager at Cultivate. She studied History of Design at the University of Brighton, Arts Management at the University of Sussex and Arts Criticism at City University. Ruth has over 20 years' experience in arts management with particular expertise in press, PR and marketing.

Formerly Director of Communications at the Design Museum in London, Ruth has worked at the BBC, Museum of London and Arts Council England. One of Ruth's key areas of interest is cultural philanthropy and she organised a series of debates with the RSA in the East Midlands.

With a strong focus on creative and cultural industries, Ruth teaches critical & contextual studies on undergraduate and postgraduate design courses at De Montfort University in Leicester.

A Fellow of the RSA since 2000, Ruth is the elected Fellowship Councillor for the RSA in the East Midlands. Ruth is bilingual in Welsh and English.