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Current Projects

Business Planning, Organisational Change Projects, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

David is currently working with a range of organisations across England who are exploring new strategies that will help them deliver their vision and mission. This work can be manifest as a series of encounters with senior staff and trustees, or may take the form of structured practical sessions that examine the organisations place within its environment, whilst exploring new ideas and ways of working. David then works with the client to ensure that the results of this work are fully incorporated into current and future business plans.

This work is particularly relevant now at a time of great instability brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. David is working with a range of organisations who are attempting to ensure the sustainability and resilience of their organisations at a time when they are unable to trade normally and their ability to earn money is greatly reduced.

Setting up a Charity

David is working with a range of arts organisations in the North West to prepare applications to the Charity Commission to either obtain charitable status for a limited company, or to set up a separate Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

Fundraising

Since April 2018 David has raised over £1,000,000 from Arts Council, Local Government, or from Trusts and Foundations to support the work of the organisations he is associated with.

David is currently working with a National Portfolio Organisation based in the West Midlands to identify and secure financial resources that will enable this client to deliver specific programmes of participatory activity that will support marginalised communities who live in areas of traditionally low engagement in the arts and are associated with areas of multiple deprivation.

He is also working with several cultural organisations in the North West to review their overall strategy for project work, research the best fit with the funding strategies of a number of trusts and foundations, and fundraise for them, where appropriate.

He has also worked on behalf of several arts organisations to support their relationships with Arts Council England.

Producing Work

David is currently working with Initiative Arts - a company he established with artist Jez Dolan, to research and develop a new play Double-Ender which will be ready for national touring in 2021 - pandemic permitting. The project is currently in receipt of a development grant from Arts Council England.

Evaluation

David continues to work with a variety of clients in evaluating their work, both for external funding stakeholders, such as Arts Council England, and for organisation's executive teams and boards.