I have specialised in evaluation and research for the past 10 years, following many years working in arts management and development, community arts, music festival and events production, and leading music making young children in early years settings and children’s centres.
My formal qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Music (University of Huddersfield)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Evaluation Studies (University of South Wales)
- Diploma in Applied Health Studies (University of the West of England)
- MSc in Social Research and Evaluation (University of Huddersfield).
I am currently studying part-time for a PhD at Bath Spa University, researching evaluation practices in community music with children and young people.
Alongside my research and evaluation work, I continue with occasional music performance and music leading in early years settings. After a few hours of data analysis in front of a computer, it’s delightful to then spend time being musically playful with a group of 2 year olds. And it keeps me in touch with the reality of how challenging working as a music facilitator can be. I have been playing music for as long as I can remember. I was 5 years old when my older sister started teaching me to play her recorder. Over the years I’ve had opportunities to play many different instruments and explore many different genres and ensembles (marching bands, symphony orchestras, string orchestras, folk-punk bands, bhangra, klezmer and all kinds of traditional music). These days I focus on the violin with world music quintet Malarchy and Whistling Treason, and play the piano, accordion, recorder and flute for my own amusement. Creating and performing music has given me opportunities to travel and play in some amazing places and meet wonderful people. I have experienced first-hand the joy that music and art brings to people’s lives.
I am based in Wiltshire, UK. When not working, I enjoy visiting museums and galleries with my family and exploring the West Country landscape and Wiltshire’s archaeological heritage.
I am a member of the Musicians Union, Music Education Council and Sound Sense. I have a recent DBS enhanced level check (including Update Service subscription), Public Liability Insurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance.
Please contact me if you would like to see my CV.