Donna Baber

Arts Management Consultant

I specialise in developing arts, heritage and cultural sector organisations in new directions, helping them to articulate their ambitions and create the tools and change mechanisms to realise their vision.  I work with individuals, organisations and boards to manage and create change in positive and profound ways, enabling and supporting them to transform themselves and their business into futures they aspire to. I offer support in corporate governance, organisational development, change management, business and strategic planning, policies and procedures, income generation/diversification, branding and communications, and coaching.

Contact me:
E-mail: donna.baber@blueyonder.co.uk

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About me

I am passionate about the value of of the arts as a basic need of all individuals.  My work is focussed on bringing high quality arts experiences to  people who might not ordinarily access them, in particular, disadvantaged groups and for people at times of poor health and wellbeing.

I believe in creating extraordinary arts experiences, getting best value for money, working creatively to find solutions to problems and challenges and supporting and enabling artists, arts, heritage and cultural organisations to be outstanding advocates and providers of arts activities and experiences.  

I provide support and services including organisational development, change management, interim leadership and management, strategic development, project management and income generation and fundraising. 

I work across all art forms and I'm particularly interested in and inspired by architecture and the built environment, visual art, live art and contemporary dance. 

Experience

FEB to oct 2018
Fresh Arts, North Bristol NHS Trust 

Fresh Arts Programme Manager 

Interim manager of the Fresh Arts programme during the post-holder's sabbatical.  Managing the music, visual arts, arts on referral, and arts on wards programmes in an acute hospital setting.  

MAR 2015 to PRESENT
Arts Council England 

Artistic Quality Assessor

Experience individual pieces of work by Arts Council England funded NPOs or MPMs and write a report assessing the quality of the work. 

JULY 2011 to PRESENT
Arts Management Consultant 

CEO & Founder

Work with organisations including Arts Council England, AIM (Art in Motion), Appledore Arts, Bath & North East Somerset Council, BREAD Youth Project, Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery, Circomedia, Coldharbour Mill, Drastic Productions, Glastonbury Abbey, Liz Clarke & Co, Residence, South Gloucestershire Council, Time2Share, Trinity College London, Volunteer Bristol, Voscur. 

Sept 2004 to June 2011
Creative Learning Agency 

Director

Run and manage an arts education agency.  Website based service working with over 300 artists and 400 schools across the West of England.

JAN 2002 to SEPT 2004
Arnolfini

Development Co-ordinator

Fundraising and income generation for £12m capital development project.

Education

summer 2017 
Immersion Programme 

Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Taliesin

Spring Green, Wisconsin 

1996 - 1999
BA (Hons) Art & Visual Culture

University of the West of England 

Skills & Experience

Organisational development, change management, strategic business planning.

Corporate governance and leadership.

Marketing and communications, website development, brand development, customer service, print.

Arts education.  Arts & health.

Voluntary sector, public sector, and working knowledge of local authorities.

Public funding, private funding, corporate sponsorship, income generation and diversification.

Policies and procedures.

Evaluation.



Testimonials

Donna joined Bread Youth Project at a time of uncertainty and upheaval. She put order into the chaos, and created the breathing space the board and staff members needed to make the best decisions for the organisation. I do not believe Bread would have survived without her hard work.' 

noelle rumball, trustee


I would recommend Donna for any work involving taking a fresh look at an organisation or to help them clarify their aims and objectives.  She helped us come to our own decision.  She is an excellent management consultant with a range of business skills and perspectives.

helen dorritt, operations manager, bread


Donna was very easy to work with, a very clear communicator.  She listened and was very gentle with us but she gave us the push we needed.   She worked at a good speed and has taken us along on a journey.   Having her on board has made me enjoy being a trustees again: I feel I've been able to do the job of a trustee again, properly.

rhiannon holder Mbe, chair, bread

Donna has the expertise and ability to steer you and guide you in the right direction.  She's got the knowledge of systems, the voluntary sector, etc. to back that up......the way she turns things around and helps people to create positive change;  she helps people  and organisations achieve their potential.

liz clarke, artistic director, liz clarke & co

She can come in and facilitate with a lack of ego; she can read the room and know how to respond.  Her lack of ego is brilliant for working with people.  She was the breath of fresh air and made things happen.  Her work is so exemplary.' 

liz clarke, residence member

Let's work together.

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