see my current projects (November 2021) here
Strategic development and business planning for Newcastle Diocese‘s new Rural Churches for Everyone project
Working with 35 historic Northumbrian church buildings and their communities to collectively create a resilient future for them. A cluster led approach, building on the earlier work of the Inspired Futures project, collaborating with partners: Northumberland Coast AONB, Northumberland National Park, North Pennines AONB, Community Action Northumberland and the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University.
Evaluation of Chase Park Parks for People project for the Friends of Chase Park and Gateshead Council
Hamstrung by the Covid-19 pandemic, finishing off the Chase Park project was even more of a challenge. The new play equipment, restored windmill , sculptural ironwork and woodland walks have proved a real lifeline for Whickham residents during lockdown.
Project management for Blanchland Abbey resilient heritage project
Taking on this project half way through was a big challenge. Supporting the village residents to consider future sustainability of their grade 1 listed church within its estate village (which uniquely reflects the medieval monastery‘s footprint) has led to some intriguing discoveries. Plans are in development to investigate the sound secrets suggested by the geophysics survey – keep an ear to the ground!
Living Wild Interpretation for Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust.
In collaboration with Marcus Byron Design for Interpretation I delivered the outdoor and online elements of the Interpretation Plan we developed in the Spring of 2016. This includes geocaches, app based walk routes, website content, interpretation panels and leaflets, information in the new wildlife hides and visitor welcome structures designed and built by Newcastle University Architecture students, and family activities. More than 110,000 visitors developed a greater awareness about Kielder’s wildlife through digital or physical interpretation or face-to-face engagement – read their impact report
Strategic Planning & Organisational Development for Epiacum Heritage Ltd
Supporting the directors of this scheduled Roman fort to deliver HLF’s Resilient Heritage fund project to improve their governance and undertake long term planning for audience development and archaeological research, improving their strategic business development. This is in order to secure the accessibility of their Roman and wider landscape heritage, working hand-in-hand with sustainable rural development through their upland hill farm and farmshop cafe.
Project Management and Learning programme for the Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project
Completing the delivery phase of the HLF Heritage Grant project on behalf of Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the Friends of the North Pennines. 2013 – 2015 £280,000 AWARD WINNING www.dukesfield.org.uk
The Hive at Nenthead – evaluating the project as it grows into a sustainable business run by the community at the heart of their remote village. 2021
Evaluation of £5.5M project for South Tynedale Railway This complex project is achieving great things for this award winning railway. It is now succeeding in it’s aims to become self-sustaining financially, and to meet local demand for learning and training opportunities, whilst remaining an appealing heritage attraction for visitors to the area.
Allendale First – Chair of community group investigating social enterprise opportunities to convert a disused listed building. HLF Start-up Grant. Allendale First 2015 £8,600
Learning programme for Wall Face on behalf of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site Dispersed exhibition along Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site – Learning Programme development and delivery (including Bronze Arts Award) of Arts Council England Grant for 2014-2015 £15,000