project design & funding

“Employing Yvonne is like calling in the reinforcement guard! You get the feeling that there’s a whole ‘other’ working with you and willing you to succeed. Yvonne threw herself into our project, bringing insight and clarity in a subtle and considerate kind of way. She is a font of knowledge and entirely professional. We would thoroughly recommend her.” – Kim Hobson. Nenthead Chapel Project Co-ordinator.

Ideas – they’re the vital spark, I can help you get organised and gather the evidence and plans you need to turn them into reality.

I’ve researched and written Activity Plans, Interpretation Plans, and led bids which have secured a total of over £6Million of public funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund (now the NationalLottery Heritage Fund), various European schemes charitable trusts and Defra. My success has come because the projects I design are always sustainable, inclusive, multi-disciplined and human-scale.


Ken knew St Robert’s original fresco designs still existed

  • Audience Development Planning
  • Interpretation planning
  • Volunteer strategies
  • Skills and training plans
  • Organisational resillience
  • Understanding your heritage
  • Activity planning
  • Project planning
  • Promotional plans
  • Evaluation plans
  • Funding applications

My practice is evidence led – observing and researching, developing and testing, collaborating and evaluating – before helping you bring all these together in a design to test against your criteria. This makes sure that your ideas are well-founded and robust, able to pass the challenges of funders and authorities, and that all your hard work is more likely to pay off.

I’ve been working with Nenthead Chapel Restoration Project from the very start, listening to local people’s memories and aspirations for the listed building in the heart of their village. After developing their audience engagement, interpretation and activity planning, I’m now proud to be evaluating the project as it draws to a close, with their new Arts and Visitor Centre due to open in Spring 2019.

“I was absolutely inspired when you so clearly and concisely laid out how we need to proceed. Our talk has stimulated lots of ideas already as to the form and topics we need to develop…  Thank you so much for your interest, patience and logical way of explaining things to us. We are very excited that you are with us on this journey.”