What people say

“Ruth Garnault was one of the four executive directors of the high profile Wales Millennium Centre  in Cardiff who worked with me during the critical years of taking the project from a derelict site to a major international opera house and performing arts centre opened by the Queen in November 2004 and which has been flourishing ever since.
The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay is also a major visitor attraction, as well as a performing arts centre, with over 1 million visitors.  Ruth was the director in charge of the visitor programme for the building as well as the arts and education role of the centre. Ruth chaired the group of chief executives/arts directors of the resident performing arts companies during the period when the centre was under construction and when the new relationships and programmes and new ways of working were being negotiated and established.
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)

“Even at short-notice, Ruth has always delivered exceptional work for us, due to her knowledge of the arts and creative & cultural industries sector and her communication skills.  We have engaged her services to manage the complete delivery of projects, knowing that she will ensure professionalism and reliability at all times.”
Caroline O’Neill, Arts Development Manager, Cultural Services, Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council

“Ruth is a total professional. She has helped and guided us through a process to achieve a detailed, independent evaluation which has given us an opportunity to evaluate our achievements to date, whilst preparing for the future.  We wanted a document which was honest and constructive. It involved a great amount of research and interviews from stakeholders and participants, culminating in the writing of a detailed report and summary document.
Ruth’s work is always of the highest quality and I have no hesitation in highly recommending her.”
Anna Chard  Communities First Co-ordinator

Ruth naturally understood the complexities of what was needed, engendering a sense of mutual trust right from the very beginning. Since then I have felt we have been moving forward together and that she has been supporting us all along the way.”
Sophie Lewis, General Manager, Sinfonia Cymru

Ruth’s key skill is to work intuitively. She has a great ability to understand the breadth and depth of a scenario and to respond quickly. She works sensitively with all levels of a team to guide the process.”
Roger Spence, Project Development Consultant, The National Concert Hall Dublin

“100% of participants who completed questionnaires felt that the project was well organised by Head for Arts.  This feedback can mainly be attributed to the work of the freelance Project Co-ordinator, who was responsible for organising activities and acting as a liaison between community members, artists , history specialists and the Head for Arts team.  As Head for Arts is a small organisation, the creation of this freelance role was important as it helped to increase capacity and allowed scope for intensive community engagement work to take place.  Head for Arts has not engaged a Project Co-ordinator in the past, however as the inclusion of this role was integral to the success of History and Mystery, we will look to include this position in future project plans”
From Head For Arts Evaluation report for Heritage Lottery Fund

“a huge, huge thank you for the work you’ve done on our behalf. It’s been inspiring (and scary!)” Liz Gardiner, Notional Theatre

“Thank you so much for all your work on this project.  You have been fantastic to work with (as always) and a real asset for us in putting together this project and bid.”
Caroline O’Neill, Arts Development Manager, ArtsConnect, RCTCBC Cultural Services

“Ruth was awarded the contract to establish the baseline data for the portfolio project MAGNET. The work offered a number of challenges due to the diversity of participants, each of the projects were at various levels of development and the public service providers to be interviewed were being asked about matters that were potentially sensitive. Ruth was able to deal with all of this and produce two succinct reports that will now provide direction and support to the rest of the portfolio period.”
Sally Richards, MAGNET Project Manager

“I just wanted to say a ginormous thank you for guiding us all along our journey. What a fantastic experience I have had and I’m sure that is the general feeling of the whole group.”
C.M.,  youth member of Working Group to scope a Youth Arts Festival for Wales

“Thanks for sending this over before the deadline. It’s a really great document: very informative, fair and readable. You have done an amazing job! ”
Carole Blade, Creative Producer for Dance in Wales

“A very professional piece of work. It’s been a pleasure to work with you.”
Philip Thomas, Regional Co-ordinator, Paintings in Hospitals