I co-founded Monkfish because I wanted to create opportunities where artists from a variety of disciplines could collaborate and make new work, and in doing so generate audiences for this approach. As a practising artist myself, I was frustrated in 2007 by the lack of opportunities in the North East of England to do that. So with the support of many great people, I set the ball rolling. I have over 20 years of professional experience in arts and cultural management.
My history with Monkfish commenced as a performer in 2008 with productions such as 'Big Love Potion', 'The Dead That Never Lived' and making up 1/6 of the spoken-word collective 'WordTank'. I moved into producing with the 'Frayne and Co' variety evening and 'Hand Me Down' residency at Arc, Stockton. In 2010, I took on a Co-Director role at Monkfish and have delivered on many Poetry Booth (TM) heritage documentation projects and site specific responses such as 'Late Shows' at the Mining Institute and 'PasMoi' at Broadacre House, Newcastle.
Formerly Global IT Manager for British Airways with a varied career of 21 years, I am now self-employed as an actor, presenter, facilitator and medical/ corporate role-player. I compile and deliver well-being and sexual health courses for people with Learning Disabilities with The Josephine and Jack Project and am studying for an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries Management at Northumbria University. I look forward to celebrating Monkfish's 10th Birthday in 2017 and to see what the next 10 years bring in terms of creative and cultural challenges!
After 35 years in a suit, I joined Monkfish in 2014 and grew a beard. This gave me the opportunity to develop the hidden life I'd had as a writer, photographer, performer, activist, social networker, cyclist and survivor during The Suited Years - oh and occasionally bring my dog Alfie to work...
I am a visual arts and creativity adviser and consultant, an artist, creative coach and active advocate for visual arts in education. A past president of NSEAD and a world councillor for INSEA, I am also secretary to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft and Design in Education.