Recent work

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Attendees of an ASTONish Masterclasss.  Photo Credit: Inès Elsa Dalal

ASTONish and RE:Present leadership 2016 – 2018

In 2016, supported by Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England I curated and produced, with Creative Consultant Lara Ratnaraja, RE:Present, a pilot initiative which was aimed at cultural leaders/ producers and artist/leaders from diverse backgrounds who are currently under-represented in Birmingham and the wider Midlands region.   This led to a network of over 40 artists, curators and producers who continue to reach new achievements, create new collaborations but also crucially are transforming the way cultural leadership is evolving in the city.

From this we developed ASTONish.  Also funded by Birmingham City Council, and delivered when I worked at Birmingham Hippodrome, ASTONish was a programme of cultural leadership and creative entrepreneur training and development.  It was aimed at emergent and established artists, musicians and creative entrepreneurs in Aston and Newtown with the ambition and potential to transform both themselves and the sector.  The programme came to an end in February 2018. You can view the BCU evaluation of the programme here.

Consultancy work

I have extensive experience of delivering appropriate and successful business plans and corporate governance work.

  •  Two engagements with the Beatfreeks Collective (2017 and 2018) – the first to support the (ultimately) successful application for Free Radical to the National Portfolio at Arts Council England (and the organisational development of the collective generally to articulate more clearly the business areas and offer) and a second engagement to ensure that governance, staff systems and procedures and structure are fit for purpose as they join the NPO portfolio.
  • Work with GRAIN Photography Hub (2017/18) and Brighton Photo Fringe (2017) to review track record and again work on capacity, structure and governance to set the organisation up for growth, making them “investment ready”.

Publications

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NetworkAbility – Buidling Your Business One Relationship At A Time

by Helga Henry and Andy Bass

This really practical hand book will change your networking practise, increase business resilience and build skills.  It breaks down the process of building and developing strong business relationships into achievable steps.  This book is for people who run organizations, people who work for them, and people who want to work for or with them.  You can buy it direct from Troubadour, the publishers, or on Amazon.

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How to Use the Power of Your Networks

Written for the Aston Centre for Growth. The Centre, with the Aston Business Network held a special evening to mark the end of their Programme for Small Business Growth.  They commissioned me to write a short publication on networking, advise on the contents of a high value “goody bag”.  I then give a keynote address and chair a panel interview with some participants on the programme.  Click here see a video testimonial of my keynote that night from Kate Angel, Programme Manager.