I am a versatile, independent consultant with a strong, international track record in content development and visitors’ learning experiences at cultural and heritage venues. I work within the areas of interpretation, learning and audience development, and I am a public engagement consultant for the National Lottery Heritage Fund, UK.
I have particular expertise and interest in pedagogies relating to creativity and play, and in how these can be best applied in cultural and heritage environments through exhibitions, hands-on galleries and activities.
ENGAGING PEOPLE WITH CULTURE
I have enjoyed public engagement roles at the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK), and ArtScience Museum (Singapore), amongst others. Now a UK-based freelance learning consultant based in York, I was previously Executive Director at Playeum in Singapore, an independent non-profit organization that promotes play and creativity for children. Prior to that, I was Associate Director of Programming at ArtScience Museum (Singapore), leading an Education Department of 16 staff, focusing on the strategic development and implementation of exhibition programmes and activities.
Before I moved to Singapore in 2012, I led my own consultancy company, providing advice and services related to different aspects of public engagement for the Natural History Museum, Historic Royal Palaces, the Huguenot Museum and Bentley Priory Museum, amongst others. During this time I also worked for the Heritage Lottery Fund as Grants Assessor, Mentor and Associate Monitor, assisting venues that included the Ashmolean Museum and National Museums Liverpool. I am delighted to have resumed that role from April 2018.
I am the lead author for Planning Educational Visits for the Early Years (Sage Publications), and a regular speaker at conferences. I have also written and spoken on the subject of play and creativity.
I am well-versed in strategic development, stakeholder consultation, and in locating key areas for consideration when planning content for all ages and abilities. With my extensive strategic and operational experience, I can help to ensure that your organisation’s vision and strategic aims are fully and realistically realised through pedagogically-informed exhibitions, programmes and activities.