Talent Pool

If you’re currently recruiting within your commercial teams, why not browse our talent pool where you’ll find a wealth of skills and experience across a range of commercial disciplines. You can get in touch via the links in each profile.

Looking for a new role in the cultural enterprises sector? Submit your resume to be featured on this page.

Jonathan Asbury

Devising, researching, writing & editing books, guidebooks & exhibition guides for museums & heritage organisations

Experience: I have devised and written books and guidebooks for the National Trust, Royal Armouries, Bletchley Park, IWM London, HMS Belfast, IWM North and IWM Duxford including the award-winning Secrets of Churchill’s War Rooms. I have also edited exhibition guides for the British Museum.

Skills: Concept development • Editorial planning • Focus group moderation • Research • Interviewing • Working with expert contributors and consultants • Tone of voice • Branding • Writing • Story-telling • Structural editing • Copy-editing • Proofreading.

Holly Burrows

Retail & commercial management, creative merchandising

Experience: Over a decade’s experience in visitor experience and retail management, including House of Illustration, the Roald Dahl Museum, V&A and the National Trust. I use my creative background to create successful merchandise ranges dealing with license agreements, design and production. I particularly enjoy creating merchandise which I did with great success at House of Illustration. I also have experience in public engagement and event production.

Skills: BA and MA in Graphic Design and Illustration which strongly informs my work in merchandising. Strong people management skills. Good at building relationships, multi-tasking and keeping calm under pressure.

Brenda Conway

Licensing & rights management, commercial & strategic management

Experience: Experienced Senior Manager in rights licensing, specialising in sales and promotion of a wide range of media and brands. I have worked for a variety of brand licensing companies including Nottingham Castle, Hearst Magazines, Greenlight, Beano and Walt Disney, covering licensing sales, PD and creative management. Previous roles include Senior Brand Licensing Manager at Science Museum group, where I also headed the Licensing Creative team.

Skills: Rights licensing and managing global and regional licensees across multiple categories and content types. Developing strategies for licensing and managing business development and driving sales across diverse media. Contract negotiation, financial, team and project management. Creation and delivery of licensed sales output.

Jordan Marie Cook

Events & venue hire, publishing, curation, engagement

Experience: I am a collaborative doctoral candidate with The National Gallery and the University of York. I have worked as a curatorial researcher and writer for York Art Gallery, have written scripts for Simple History, and articles for TheCollector.com. I am looking for work that will utilise my research and writing skills as well as allowing a creative outlet.

Skills: First-Class BA (Hons) in English Literature; MA in Medieval Studies and currently a doctoral researcher in History of Art. Award-winning essay writer; great interpersonal skills; deadline-driven; confident public speaking; artistic and creative; experienced in in-person and online event organisation.

Rachel Dakin

Retail & ecommerce, Manchester or Liverpool area

Experience: I have 2.5. years experience working within a commercial team in the heritage sector – 1 year on the shop floor, and 1.5 years as Merchandiser and Assistant Buyer at the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum. I have a particular interest in working for an institution that values sustainability and encourages engagement with marginalised communities.

Skills: Competent administrator with strong data analysis and research skills. Flexible and able to learn quickly, creative and adaptable with good attention to detail. Audience focused with strong brand and customer awareness. I also have a Masters in Art Gallery and Museum studies.

Helen Donnelly

Events, venue hire & front of house management

Experience: Projects and Events Manager for the National Theatre (Apr 2017-Mar 2020), Duty Manager and Events Assistant for Cecil Sharp House (Mar 2014- July 2020) and Duty Manager and Receptionist for Siobhan Davies Dance Studios (Jul 2016- Apr 2017).

Skills: I am highly skilled in event management and planning, arts administration, venue management, safety management, logistics management, budget management, talent liaison and supplier sourcing. I am IOSH (Managing Safely for Theatre and Production) and First Aid at work qualified.

Iain Fraser

Business development, account management, retail & buying

Experience: An experienced salesperson, I most recently managed my own business, retailing and wholesaling giftware and greeting cards, closing the business in March 2020 prior to the Covid-19 lockdown. Prior to this I have worked as Sales Development Manager for the British Museum, and Bookspeed as well as garnering excellent field sales experience in the Giftware arena.

Skills: I have 20 years excellent practice in various FMCG industry sectors including Bookselling, Giftware, Heritage Tourism and Interiors. First class experience and record of achievement in Field and Office based Sales, Account Management, and Business Development.

Colette Gardner

Entry/Graduate level cultural management & arts administration

Experience: Internship in Festival Management with ECU- The European Independent Film Festival, Paris. Creative Production Volunteer at The Wilson Museum & Art Gallery- research, curation, administration, event organisation. Music Print Editor at Redbrick and have had several arts articles published. Four years in hospitality.

Skills: Research- academic, social media content, marketing, and curatorial. Creativity- working on creative projects with a variety of teams. Administration- highly organised, can work to strict deadlines, driven and self-motivated. Communication- academic and journalistic writing, website copy, communicating with various teams. Eager to learn.

Kate Gardner

Retail, Business Growth, Commercial Strategy

Experience: Six years leading commercial strategy and delivery in National Trust North region, and many years in senior roles at Asda. In addition, consultancy experience, researching and producing commercial strategies for small charities through to large city parks departments. Particularly familiar with retail, with a holistic commercial view across catering, events and hire.

Skills: Strategic approach – strong consultation style – analytical ability – clear influential communication – leadership and management – all roles in project management and governance – delivery-focused – understanding of the customer and visitor – experience of growing businesses through acquisition, optimisation or new business.

Aoife Gleeson

Project management, engagement, education & events

Experience: cultural mediator, mentoring and capacity building, coordination, syllabus development, project research and development, proofreading and translation, arts and culture festival work, events assistant.

Skills: Interpersonal – Cross-Cultural Communication | Public Speaking | Outreach & Advancement | Working Remotely | Customer Service | Conflict Resolution | Partnership Development | Discretion | Mentorship | Community Building. Expertise – Curating Cultural Programs | Grassroots Campaigns | Financial Planning | Diversity, Inclusion & Representation | UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Emma Hall

Publishing, senior management including project & research management

Experience: I’m an experienced Executive Assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the museums and institutions industry, I have over 9 years’ experience in the provision of providing high-level executive and administrative support to ensure the seamless and efficient execution of daily operations.

Skills: Advanced Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Business support, planning and operations, events coordination, developing policies and procedures, administration processes, staff and office management.

Kim Hallett

Retail, events, ecommerce, publishing, visitor services, filming, marketing, business development

Experience: As Head of Filming, I repositioned and promoted Waddesdon Manor as a desirable location for filming and photographic shoots. Income from location fees more than tripled in the last three years as I successfully coordinated the needs of the film companies to realise their vision for a film with the role that the location plays to ensure a positive outcome for both parties.

Skills: I have over 20 years’ experience in the Tourism industry as Head of Sales and Marketing at Waddesdon Manor since 2000 and Head of Travel Trade, Tourism & Filming since January 2015. I am fluent in German, experienced at developing strategies to develop new income streams and generate profit.

Miranda Harrison

Freelance book publishing services for museums & heritage organisations

Experience: In-house: editing, production, project management (Yale University Press, V&A, Scala, Lund Humphries; contracts/part-time: Tate, British Library, IWM). Freelance: See skills, below. I also offer full consultancy, from initial concept to final book. I often bring expert suppliers on board, eg editors, designers, repro houses, printers.

Skills: Copy-editing, proofreading, editorial & production project management, schedule & budget management, picture research. Close liaison with curators, exhibition teams and researchers. Hands-on design management. Repro work (eg colour correction). Passing proofs on press.

Briony Hartley

Retail, publishing, design

Experience: Years of experience designing books (Royal Collection, British Library, Scala, Haus); designing printed merchandise (Royal Collection) working with luxury brands (Farrow & Ball); interpretation design creating exhibition graphics and marketing (on-line/in print); paint colour consultancy for museums and galleries (Russell-Cotes).

Skills: Design, typography, branding, interpretation design, colour consultancy. Working with curators on design within galleries and museums, with retail teams creating printed merchandise for gift shops, with publishers, editors and authors on books. Increasing footfall and adding value through visual communication.

Kasia Karpieszuk

Retail, events, visitor services, senior management

Experience: An accomplished, ambitious and commercially astute professional with a demonstrated ability to adapt to different industries and positively influence visitor experience. I am enthusiastic, highly motivated and resilient and can demonstrate exceptional interpersonal and organisational skills coupled with a talent to comfortably work cross- functionally to achieve results.

Skills: Visitor Experience Management; H&S and Policy Compliance; Project Management; Customer Service; Business Development; Product Launch; Venue and Operations Management; P&L and Budgeting; Team Training and Development.

Panagiota Kotoula

Product development, buying & merchandising, retail operations

Experience: A highly seasoned professional with international experience in product development, buying & strategy in diverse cultural organisations. Extensive ability to simplify and interpret complex information and legislation with clients and suppliers ensuring retention and account growth. Passionate about creating and cultivating client and supplier relationships across the business.

Skills: MA in Cultural & Creative Industries. Creative concept development, product development, project management, buying & merchandising, contract negotiation, licensing, performance analysis, business partnering, recruitment & team management.

Ashley McCracken

Buying & product development, sourcing & negotiating, retail & wholesale

Experience: Buyer and Product Development Manager at Highgrove Enterprises, sourcing gifts and homewares (60% own brand). Freelance Product Developer for Fenwicks and Tinc, Temple Island Collection and Hippychick. Head of Product Development at Half Moon Bay where licenses included Haynes, Top Gear and Cadbury.

Skills: Creativity and commercial nous, buying, product sourcing and development, organisational ability and excellent communication skills, brand and customer understanding. Design commission and direction, supplier sourcing, product costing and specification, range planning, negotiation, project management.

Chris Needham

Retail & publishing, front or back of house, London-based

Experience: GM at Canterbury Cathedral Enterprises for 20 years. Retail Manager, Emma Bridgewater. Retail Operations Manager, Alfred Dunhill Singapore. Menswear Buyer, Alfred Dunhill London. Manager, Russell & Bromley, Bournemouth. Management experience but equally comfortable in a customer facing environment.

Skills: Product development and buying; team management and training; retail operations; publishing guide books; licensing; digital development.

Ed Simpson

Retail, buying & product development

Experience: Current role is Assistant Buyer, Tate Edit and Product Developer, Special Projects.

Skills: Buying, product development, project management, artist, merchandising, curating. MA Fine Art and MFA Art, Space and Nature.

Ashleigh Stimpson

Retail, visitor services, licensing, ecommerce

Experience: Eight years management experience in heritage attractions; extensive retail experience and history of achieving and surpassing KPI targets; introduced licensing to an independent museum and experience of working with VIPs and high security events.

Skills: Licensing, IOSH- Managing Safely, Project Management, Merchandising, Ecommerce, Finance, Marketing, Performance Management, Events, Visitor Services, Historic Environment Property Management, Preventative Conservation and Research.

Harry Tolmie-Thomson

Retail, ecommerce, visitor services, archives

Experience: I have spent over seven years working in two national museums, National Railway Museum and Royal Armouries, in customer service, buying and administrative roles before entering full time education. Most recently I volunteer in the University of Leeds archive and collections, working on the Herbert Read archive.

Skills: I successfully completed the Retail Essentials course with the Association for Cultural Enterprises. This consisted of four courses covering retail finance, buying, customer service and merchandising. I also have experience with eCommerce back office programs as well as attending the IRX eCommerce expo.

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