What I Do:

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Bid development and management

Lara has developed strategic bids for the cultural sector and creative industries bodies and organisations, local authorities,  and higher education.  Clients include West Midlands Screen Bureau, New Art West Midlands, University of Salford, and Birmingham City University

Lara has also developed, managed and delivered successful ERDF, ESF, ACE, AHRC and other funded and non-funded programmes and projects.

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Programme development and delivery

Lara has delivered a number of programmes addressing the lack of divdersity in cultural leadership.

With Helga Henry, she co-produced RE:Present and ASTONish  leadership development programmes which supported the development of cultural leaders from diverse backgrounds so that the cultural ecology of the city better reflects its changing demographic. They are currently delivering AD:Vantage a leadership programme that places the vantage point of d/Deaf, neurodivergent and disabled creative practitioners at the heart of leadership

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Research development and academic collaborative partnerships

Lara works cross-sector with universities to develop collaborative partnerships and programmes.

She is skilled at leveraging investment for further knowledge transfer and research collaborations between academics, cultural organisations and artists across the sector.

Lara led on the  University of Birmingham's AHRC Funded CATH Project (Collaborative Triple Helix) which developed 19 collaborative projects across the East and West Midlands with academics from the both Birmingham and Leicester Universities, cultural organisations and digital SMEs. 

She also developed research collaborations at STEAMhouse at Birmingham City University and is currently developing a number of academic research projects. 

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Consultancy and project management

Lara works directly with cultural and creative organisations on diversity, cultural change, leadership and digital.

She has also consulted with universities and public bodies on diversifying income generation, project development and management.