I'm one of those weird people who always knew what they wanted to do. Most people didn't understand it, but to me it was easy, I'm happiest when I'm sketching or building or creating my next idea. So, I set out to become master of my trade, first spreading my creative wings in Manchester, where I undertook a Foundation in Art and Design, then a BA in Design and Art Direction. Upon completion of both I moved to the big smoke and landed my first graphic design job. Since then I have mainly worked for charity and arts organisations; such as Cancer Research UK and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; but most notably for the National Theatre, where I spent ten years working my way up the ranks, with the final five years as Creative Director which, I'm immensely proud to say, was the company’s fourth (and only female) since its creation in 1963.
My time at the NT was literally the best days of my life. I'm lucky enough to have worked along side some of the countries leading artists. From actors, directors and set designers to photographers, camera men, hair and make-up artists and stylists, not least the team of highly skilled designers I led and managed, all of whom made my job possible. I pride myself on my ability to develop strong, intuitive and trusting relationships with artists and creatives a like.
The work within the Art Direction and Archive sections of my website show my abilities as a Creative Director and Producer. The Moving Image work showcases my work as a Director in addition to those two roles. I am a hard-working, very hands on, creative. I've led teams and played as part of one – I'm genuinely happy in either role. I've unloaded vans, lifted heavy sets, made sandwiches and many, many cups of tea. I've even picked up the camera myself on occasion, as seen in the Personal work section of my site. Although photography is something I enjoy experimenting with, I think it's best to leave it to others who have mastered that skill. Still, I think a wise man said it doesn't hurt to try...
Despite having lived away from my home town of Bradford for more years than I ever lived in it, my dulcet Northern tone has never left me and I’m pretty sure it never will. You can take the girl out of Bradford…
I currently live with my husband in Peckham where, in our ‘spare time’, we're renovating our Georgian townhouse. I doubt we’ll ever finish it, my husband begs to differ.
Please get in touch if you'd like a copy of my CV with references.