Experience

“Ruth’s role, work, knowledge and organisational skills were critical in the establishment and success of the WMC project, and her integrity, reliability, and her ability to get on very well with people were vital to the project then, and to its continued success since.  Ruth produces work of a very high standard and it was a great pleasure to work with her.” – John Burrows, Chief Executive of the Wales Millennium Centre Company Ltd (2001-3)

  1. RawFfest Gŵylgrai (ongoing) Dec 2015

    Business Planning, Fundraising, Marketing, Mentoring, Project Management

    Set up the inaugural youth arts festival for Wales in 8 months. It took place in Newport in August 2016. Now directing RawFfest's development during its second year: Llandudno August 2017. Contracted by Arts Development UK

    http://www.rawffest.wales/
  2. ACW Creative Learning through the Arts (ongoing) May 2016

    Project Management

    As a Creative Agent, developing creative projects which will enhance learning across the curriculum in 3 schools. Contracted by Arts Council of Wales

    http://www.arts.wales/what-we-do/creative-learning
  3. Ebbw Fach Communities First Aug 2016 - Jan 2017

    Community Consultation

    Facilitated community consultation on physical, mental and nutritional wellbeing. Produced analysis and report

  4. Cardiff YMCA Mar 2016 - Jun 2016

    Feasibility Study, Research

    Research into development options for YMCA Plas, in particular responding to community and student well-being needs.

  5. Theatr Iolo Dec 2015 - Dec 2016

    Evaluation

    As Associate of Ceridwen, evaluating year 1 of the Platfform programme supporting emerging artists making work for young audiences.

    http://theatriolo.com
  6. ArtWorks Cymru Nov 2015

    Advisory, Research

    Part of team developing a Quality Framework for participatory arts

    http://artworks.cymru
  7. NEFC Communities First Jul 2015

    Community Consultation, Facilitation

    Writing and designing VARTE toolkit, drafting case studies, facilitating forward planning

  8. Arts Council of Wales Feb 2015 - May 2015

    Business Planning, Fundraising

    Sector development, business plan, fundraising strategy, funding bids to ACW and Welsh Government for Youth Arts Festival, as associate of Ceridwen

    http://www.artscouncilofwales.org.uk/arts-in-wales/inspire/reach/youth-arts-festival
  9. Caerphilly County Borough Council Nov 2014 - Mar 2015

    Evaluation

    Evaluation consultant for stage 1 of HLF funded development of Bute Town, Rhymney. Includes baseline study.

    www.butetownhistory.info/en/
  10. Sinfonia Cymru Sep 2014 - Mar 2015

    Evaluation

    Second year of external evaluation of innovative Paul Hamlyn Funded "Curate" programme.

    sinfoniacymru.co.uk/
  11. Coreo Cymru Sep 2014 - Oct 2014

    Evaluation

    Evaluating the impact of this 3 year programme to develop high quality dance in Wales, from the perspective of dance professionals

    coreocymru.com/
  12. Paintings in Hospitals Sep 2014 - Nov 2014

    Evaluation, Research

    Researching the impact of visual art for older people and those with dementia, living in residential care-homes, so art can be used to improve well-being

    paintingsinhospitals.org.uk/
  13. Striking Attitudes Jun 2014 - Oct 2014

    Fundraising

    Working with this unique dance company to develop a funding bid to Heritage Lottery Fund for "Each for All"

    strikingattitudes.org/
  14. ACW Youth Arts Festival Mar 2014 - Sep 2014

    Business Planning, Feasibility Study, Research

    As an Associate of Ceridwen, scoping the practical and organisational implications of making a youth arts festival in Wales a reality

    youthartsfestivalwales.wordpress.com/
  15. South Wales Area Meeting Jan 2014 - Sep 2014

    Advisory, Fundraising

    Devised and directed project to produce DVDs about conscientious objectors in WW1

  16. ArtsConnect Sep 2013 - Dec 2014

    Project Management

    Co-ordinating 'Being Creatively Active' with Looked After Children and with Adults with Dementia, for ArtsConnect, the arts service for Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend local authorities

  17. North Ebbw Fach Communities First Cluster Feb 2014 - Feb 2014

    Advisory, Research

    Worked with Cluster Manager to develop Community Involvement Plan based on research

  18. MAGNET Nov 2013 - May 2014

    Evaluation

    Baseline data evaluation for Big Lottery Community Voice project in Merthyr Tydfil

    http://www.vamt.net/e-magnet.php
  19. Sinfonia Cymru Sep 2013 - Feb 2014

    Evaluation

    Evaluating Curate and Unbuttoned, an innovative programme of work by Sinfonia Cymru, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

    sinfoniacymru.co.uk
  20. Coreo Cymru Mar 2012 - Dec 2014

    Business Planning, Coaching

    Coaching, business and management advice

    coreocymru.com
  21. Cardiff YMCA May 2013 - Aug 2013

    Community Consultation, Feasibility Study

    Working with architects IBI Nightingale, consulting with the community, staff and stakeholders on the needs for a potential new building for Cardiff YMCA. Reporting on the feasibility of the proposal.

  22. Coreo Cymru Jun 2013 - Sep 2013

    Research

    Mapping European dance networks for new interactive website. Presented results to DROP conference. Funded by European Culture Programme.

    danceroads.eu/eu-map
  23. Notional Theatre May 2013 - May 2013

    Marketing

    Research and marketing consultancy for new theatre piece

    notionaltheatre.com
  24. ArtsConnect Apr 2013 - May 2013

    Fundraising, Research

    Researching and writing funding bid for arts projects with Looked After Children and with Adults with Dementia

  25. Head for Arts Feb 2013 - Apr 2013

    Project Management

    Community opera project: Ynys Gwydr Island of Glass, based on heritage and arts project exploring Llangorse crannog.

  26. Head for Arts Aug 2012 - Feb 2013

    Project Management

    'History & Mystery': heritage and community arts project based on the 10th century crannog in Llangorse.

  27. Jukebox Jun 2012 - Jan 2013

    Business Planning, Coaching

    Mentoring and coaching for business development. Business Plan writing: financials, staffing structure, risk analysis, action plan.

  28. RGAM Jun 2012 - Dec 2012

    Training

    Intensive one-day workshops run with Anne Hayes, funded by ACW.

  29. Canterbury Cathedral Trust Feb 2012 - Nov 2012

    Research

    Drafting Learning and Participation strategy and contribution to major Heritage Lottery Capital funding bid

    canterbury-cathedral.org/supporting-us/canterbury-cathedral-trust/
  30. ArtsConnect Oct 2012 - Oct 2013

    Training

    Training in facilitation skills

  31. BVSNW Sep 2012 - Sep 2012

    Training

    Training in working with children for Black Voluntary Sector Network Wales

  32. Bridgend FE College Sep 2010 - Nov 2013

    Project Management, Training

    Identifying and liaising with arts organisations to recruit ten arts management apprentices to the new Creative Apprenticeship scheme. Then undertaking a second year of employee recruitment for creative apprenticeships, following successful pilot year. 3 years of teaching Creative Apprentices

  33. Basic Skills Cymru Aug 2009 - Aug 2013

    Project Management, Research

    Setting up and management of series of pilot projects to explore the potential for creativity to deliver basic skills learning, research and recommendations on ESF programmes.

  34. Communities First Partnership Aug 2010 - Jun 2011

    Evaluation

    Evaluation of the effectiveness of a Communities First Partnership. Involved extensive one-to-one interviews, desk research and data analysis. Resulted in a detailed report.

  35. Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council Mar 2010 - Apr 2011

    Marketing, Project Management

    Production of a series of posters to promote different career paths in the Creative Industries. Evaluation of website targeted at teenagers, researching additional information on Creative Industry opportunities and scripting of copy.

  36. Sound Affairs Aug 2010 - Nov 2010

    Marketing

    Marketing of "Afrodisiac" tour to venues in Wales, S England and London. Media management, print production, online promotion and venue liaison.

    http://www.soundaffairs.co.uk
  37. Breaking Barriers Community Arts Jun 2010 - Sep 2010

    Fundraising

    Having raised £70,000 through a successful bid to Coalfields Regeneration Trust, I led on the recruitment of three new members of staff - job descriptions, advertising, selection, interviews and outcomes

    http://www.breakingbarriers.org.uk
  38. WILLOW Apr 2010 - Jul 2010

    Project Management, Training

    Devised and delivered skill-sharing day for WILLOW nework of emerging cultural leaders in Wales.

  39. Breaking Barriers Community Arts Sep 2009 - Feb 2010

    Evaluation, Project Management

    Planned and implemented two strands of this digital storytelling project, the first working with recent migrants to South Wales and the second working intergenerationally in Blaenau Gwent. Developed partnerships with ESOL, local schools, Communities First Coordinators and VALREC (Valleys Regional Equality Council). Also evaluated impact of mental health digital storytelling project with young people with dual diagnosis, and with the Alzheimers Society.

  40. Sound Affairs Nov 2009 - Dec 2010

    Advisory, Business Planning

    Worked with Board & Artistic Director; wrote Five Year Business Plan for contemporary music organisation. Also advised on education and outreach for funding bid.

  41. Llanhilleth Institute Oct 2008 - Jun 2009

    Interim Management

    Restructuring an organisation and recruiting new team, setting up robust financial systems, setting up HR procedures, amending constitutional issues, improving Board capacity, increasing income generation, revising Business Plan, writing Marketing Plan

    http://www.llanhillethinstitute.com
  42. Basic Skills Cymru Apr 2008 - Aug 2008

    Research

    Undertook scoping exercise into the potential benefits of using arts to deliver basic skills. Included assessment of current research, benchmarking best practice and proposals for development.

  43. Head for Arts Feb 2008 - May 2008

    Project Management

    Set up Head4Arts, a new community arts company serving the Heads of Valleys and funded by Arts Council of Wales. Role included resource management, consultation and awareness raising. Client: consortium of 4 County Borough Councils: Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and Torfaen

    http://www.head4arts.org.uk
  44. Wales Millennium Centre May 2000 - Aug 2007

    Business Planning, Community Consultation, Facilitation, Project Management

    As member of the executive management team at Wales’s leading and iconic international centre for the arts, I was pivotally involved from its conceptual stage, through its £110m fundraising and building phases, to its opening and its first 4 years of successful productions. This has given me a wealth of experience of partnership building, arts management, Board-level negotiations and turning concepts into successful events. I was directly responsible for Public Programmes bringing the building to life through a wide range of activities including an extensive education programme, daily free performances, the artsExplorer hands-on interactive gallery, guided tours and a visual arts programme

    www.wmc.org.uk
  45. Canolfan Rhys Arts and Education Centre Apr 1996 - Apr 2000

    Business Planning, Community Consultation, Project Management

    Responsible for setting up and managing this new arts and education centre on a disadvantaged housing estate in the Rhondda. For this pioneering initiative my remit was to regenerate a derelict housing block into art & craft workshops, multi-media room, photographic darkroom, sound recording studio, performance space for dance, drama and live shows.

    http://penrhys.com