The Catalyst Network
A group of specialist consultants representing the best in entrepreneurial, strategic and operational expertise from across the creative industries.
Bringing together events specialists, sponsorship experts, creative producers, communications professionals and commercial strategists, the Catalyst Network offers a unique mix of skills in culture and commerce, who together offer clients a greater breadth of knowledge than one can do alone.
Catalyst Members are committed to keeping the cultural sector relevant and sustainable, aiming to protect the arts’ freedom to educate, inspire and innovate by channeling revenue and audiences to creative organisations. All members have also made a commitment to champion diversity and inclusion in the arts as part of the Equality In Focus: Arts Edition programme.
Director of The Revels Office
Kate has held management roles in commercial departments at institutions including The National Gallery, the Natural History Museum and RADA. She has strong connections across the arts sector in the UK and internationally. Kate works with clients to grow revenue and audiences, as well as proactively connecting arts and business.
Business and events director
Nick works with cultural organisations to implement successful strategic plans. He has experience of both the arts and corporate markets through CEO and Director level roles for Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Farnborough International and ITT Hub, and has events experience from time at St Martin in the Fields and English National Opera.
Digital arts producer
Steph works at the convergence of music, technology and arts. She has produced projects for Philharmonia Orchestra, Manchester International Festival and the EFG London Jazz Festival and partnered on projects with BBC Arts, WIRED, Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, British Council, Sony, GREAT Campaign and UKTI.
Brand marketing, place-making and events consultant
Nicola has over 17 years experience delivering consumer and cultural brand strategies, campaigns, partnerships and events across the UK and internationally. She has agency and client side experience including Battersea Power Station, Westfield, BSkyB, Vogue, Universal, Bauer Media, Ford, UEFA, Disney, Diageo and adidas.
Strategic producer and creative programmer
Helen has previously worked in-house for London International Festival of Theatre, Index on Censorship, Poetry School and Artangel. She has recently been working with the Greater London Authority producing the cultural programme to celebrate EURO 2020. Helen is also the co-director of site-specific performance company Arbonauts.
Creative arts and business consultant
Caroline Sharman has extensive experience in the performing arts and heritage sector. She was Artistic Director and CEO of New Theatre Royal Portsmouth and Theatre Chipping Norton, and Head of Operations at Parham House and Gardens. She has directed operas internationally for the British Council and at home in the UK for Scottish Opera and Glyndebourne Touring.
Creative and strategic arts sector consultant
Becca works with organisations to get the best out of them and devise meaningful ways to engage people with creative ideas and the world around us. Establishing a new Education Department at Sound and Music and leading Sonic Arts Network through a merger has given Becca experience of strategy, leadership, creative programming, and big picture thinking.
Project producer and artist development
After training at Central Saint Martins, Madeleine was selected for the National Theatre’s Young Producers programme. Her clients have included Theatre Royal Brighton, Blast Theory, Lost Dog and Hofesh Shechter Company. She was a Producer (Artist Development) at South East Dance and ran Audience Ambassadors, selected by ACE as a case study of innovation.
Creative event producer and project manager
Liam has over 20 years’ experience devising and managing large-scale live events, from partnership working with local authorities across the UK, to creating innovative and commercially successful greenfield festivals and international outdoor arts events. Liam was on the producing team for the UK 2017 City of Culture in Hull.
Alongside our fantastic Catalyst Network, we are delighted to work closely with other organisations in the sector who share our values and ambition.
Combining classic hospitality with absoulte artisty
ARC Events was founded by Anna Wills, who has worked in all the different sectors of the events industry and has the tools and know-how to produce and deliver highly complex and visionary events. Examples of her previous work include delivering Kensington Palace’s largest event in history, the first official wedding ceremony since the 1800’s also at Kensington Palace, and opening nights at the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery. She has worked with Hillary Clinton, Google, Facebook, Premier League, and the British Royal Family to name but a few. www.arc.events
Audiovisual City is the digital magazine of audiovisual culture
Audio Visual City was founded as the first international network of A/V artists in 2011, by Marco Savo, New Media Art Curator. Since its creation, they have been building the first magazine featuring artists and events interested in the relationship between sound and image. Alongside that they publish information about open calls for artists, interviews, and attend specialised festivals in order to provide press coverage for this niche market. www.audiovisualcity.org