Lakshnie is a registered and experienced psychotherapist who has worked within the NHS to deliver adult mental health services in a community setting. She is a highly skilled communicator with a creative, academic background and robust skillset and also works nationally creating and delivering bespoke inclusion and diversity training.
Lakshnie has worked with Cathy for a number of years on arts events and projects that break down barriers to engagement and work to increase and develop access to the arts for communities that are less engaged. It includes codirecting the Lichfield Fuse Festival, Staffordshire’s largest free community arts festival in 2016 and 2017; they also work together as project leads for the Sculpture and Art Foundation delivering community arts projects.
Cathy is an experienced creative producer and project lead working across the country. She has conceptualised, led and delivered successful community events from large scale festivals with audiences of 15,000+ through to small scale bespoke projects and fundraisers. An exceptional communicator, Cathy demonstrates a flair for developing and managing creative briefs with stakeholders, partners, and building bridges with local communities. Cathy also works as project manager on large national art exhibitions and projects working with artists, schools and cultural organisations. A specialist focus for Cathy is consulting on building and diversifying audiences through community engagement.
BA (Hons), MA, FCIPD
Margaret is an experienced, qualified and commercially focused senior HR and OD consultant and executive coach. She specialises in organisational design and development, interim management and leadership roles, managing organisational and cultural change and transformation, complex employee relations matters and leading HR/OD teams. She brings a broad range of knowledge, skills and experience from a varied career working in the public, private and third sectors including volunteering as a Trustee for a community arts organisation where she worked closely with Natasha, Cathy and Mary.
LL.B (Hons), CIMA Dip, MA, PRINCE2
Mary specialises in the project management, bid writing and external evaluation for European and UK funded projects for a wide range of funders and sectors. She currently manages a European partnership project for the University of Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Arts. Mary has worked closely with the other Directors on various projects including coordinating grant fundraising activity for Lichfield Arts and successfully securing more than £40,000 of Arts Council funding to finance the charity’s flagship Fuse Festival.