Team

The team have expertise in many aspects of cultural entrepreneurship, arts programming, developing innovative strategies and partnerships, and connecting cultural initiatives with regeneration to strengthen communities.

Directors

Mark Dunford

Dr. Mark Dunford brings a high level of expertise in the developmental and business sides of cultural, media and digital industries, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. He has a particular talent in building sustainable partnerships across these areas, especially those involving collaborations between universities, community groups and commercial organisations. His extensive work across the creative industries includes periods at the BBC, British Film Institute and as Executive Director of Hi8us Projects where he led the multi-partner Inclusion Through Media Development Partnership. Within Higher Education, his leadership work embraces senior roles at Goldsmiths, University of Brighton, Hertfordshire and UEL. As well as being a Director of Culture in Flux, he is a DigiTales, a media production and research company hosted by the Institute of Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and chairs the International Steering Group overseeing the biennial International Visual Methods Conference.

Shreela Ghosh

Shreela has worked across the creative industries for more than 30 years in senior executive and/or governance roles within Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, Literature and Heritage. As well as leading companies like Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and Freeword Shreela has worked at a senior level within large policy-making organisations such as Arts Council England (ACE) and the British Council. During her tenure with the British Council Shreela initiated the Culture and Development programme and created the strategic partnership with ACE on Re-Imagine UK/India programme.<br>As a director of Culture in Flux Shreela has worked with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on the Culture and Internationalism Research and a governance review of Without Walls. Since 2018, Shreela has been the Secretary of the Charles Wallace India Trust (part-time). Currently, she is a Board Member of Graeae Theatre Company; until recently she was a governor of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2017 – 2020).

Sarah Macnee

Sarah brings a sharp focus on business planning, financial sustainability and organisational robustness with a focus on strategic development, evaluation and change management. She is currently part-time Executive Director of the producing company Crying Out Loud. Sarah joined the company as they rapidly expanded in order to deliver larger scale projects, including for the Cultural Olympics in 2012. She has provided management, business planning or fundraising advice and support to several organisations across a wide range of art forms; supporting them through the change process; the development and delivery of large scale EU funded projects; festivals and building-based development. Sarah has played a key role in developing national strategic programmes at NESTA and Arts Council England. She was a Creative Industries visiting lecturer on post-graduate degrees at Goldsmiths, University of London for 6 years.

Associates

Tricia Jenkins

Tricia has worked as a creative practitioner, private consultancy and further and higher education. She currently works part-time on Goldsmiths, University of London’s MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy, and leads on Fundraising and Development at InsightShare. She is a Director of DigiTales research and participatory media company, having founded the company with Mark Dunford and Robert Smith in 2008. As a successful fundraiser, she has designed, fundraised for and delivered significant multi-partner transnational projects. She was Head of Fundraising training at Arts & Business , running a national programme of master classes and an annual conference for arts and cultural fundraisers. As a senior manager at Film London and grants manager at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, she has extensive experience in policy development and grants management.

Polly Rodgers

Polly Rodgers is a researcher and facilitator whose work has spanned three major areas: community arts and heritage; community conflict capability; and community building and development. In all three areas she places narrative practices and participatory values at the heart of her work, foregrounding the impact that cultural stories have on our lives and our relationships, and breaking down the distinction between storyteller and audience, to democratise our shared history, and to build collaborative new possibilities for marginalised communities. She has worked with diverse organisations including Locality, Royal Opera House, Pascal Theatre Company, historypin, DigiTales and deep:black London.

Nadine Patel

Nadine has worked in the UK and international arts sector for over 25 years supporting artists and arts organisations to develop and strengthen their opportunities and growth. As a freelance creative consultant she draws upon her wide-ranging knowledge of contemporary arts practices and networks to provide specialist advice, as well as participating directly in project design, implementation, management, research and evaluation. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise working with international cultural agencies and is adept at working on transnational partnerships and programmes. She has strong international experience and is able to activate a wide network of contacts, both in institutional and grassroots organisations across Europe, Latin America and Africa. Nadine also works regularly for a range of UK higher education creative institutions, such as the Royal College of Art and University of the Arts London.

Robert Smith

Robert has worked extensively as a Filmmaker, lecturer and media consultant. On leaving film school (RCA) Robert made films as a cinematographer, director and producer. After 30 years as a filmmaker he began teaching filmmaking at post graduate level, and then moved into course development and media consultancy. His expertise is building bridges between media industry practice and media theory, supporting storytelling and facilitating business development. Robert has worked extensively as a consultant since 1995 and in this time he has undertaken strategic planning, project development work and feasibility studies for a range of clients including NESTA, Arts Council Wales, EU, the British Film Institute and UK Film Council, as well as local agencies across the UK and a range of different commercial clients.