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Testimonials: Testimonials


Positive outcomes and happy clients are the greatest reward and the best recommendation. Thank you to everyone who has kindly provided these testimonials. More are at my LinkedIn profile or available by request along with data from client feedback surveys.

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‘Catherine’s warmth, professionalism and leadership were of enormous benefit to the National Theatre of Scotland at a time of transition and potential uncertainty. Her high level advice was exacting, candid and diplomatic and was a huge asset to the new Executive Leadership. Catherine is comfortable working with junior members of staff all the way up to board level. Her ability to assess the needs of an organisation quickly and then act on those needs is extremely impressive. I can’t recommend her highly enough.’ 

Brenna Hobson

Executive Producer and Deputy CEO | National Theatre of Scotland

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‘Catherine was an extraordinary asset to Liverpool Biennial during a period of change and under the pressure of delivering a Biennial within a pandemic. Her expertise and experience ensured that she swiftly and calmly stepped in to offer leadership, team management and simultaneously problem-solve whilst also working on future strategy for the organisation.
I can neither thank her enough nor recommend her more strongly.’ 

Dr Samantha Lackey

Director | Liverpool Biennial

Chiswick House and Gardens Trust

‘An extremely engaging, intelligent individual who captured the issues immediately and was able to handle them sensitively and expertly. Catherine was recommended to me as a consultant with a wide knowledge and experience in arts organisations. I was particularly impressed by the way she handled tricky situations and managed a diverse group with great dexterity and sensitivity whilst focusing on the issues. She has provided excellent analysis, and practical and inspiring ways to move forward. She is an absolute pleasure to work with and definitely goes that 'extra mile' to ensure her work is of the best. I was delighted with Catherine's approach and cannot fault it!’

Clare O'Brien

Chief Executive | Chiswick House & Gardens Trust

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‘Catherine worked with us on the development of The Hunterian’s new 5-year strategy, facilitating and structuring critical discussion in rich sessions with both the leadership team and cross-organisational staff member groups. She did so with a thorough understanding of heritage organisations and their societal context, as well as with a healthy sense of realism and a pinch of humour. She is a pleasure to work with.'  

Steph Scholten

Director | The Hunterian at The University of Glasgow

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‘Can't recommend Catherine highly enough, if you need strategic thinking, effective mentoring, action planning and a whole lot more. Catherine’s impact is already tangible. I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year brings as her great insight and practical thinking really begins to shape our work.’

Sharon Ament

Director | Museum of London 

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'Catherine guided the Board and staff with enormous charm and consummate skill. Across two extensive workshops, she challenged us to think deeply, openly and honestly about our vision and values, aspirations, uniqueness, core audiences and how they perceived us. There were inevitable disagreements which Catherine not only navigated skilfully but also used to great positive effect. By the end we had a brief that everybody bought in to and felt ownership of. Catherine was able to get under the skin of the organisation and articulate what we were all thinking but could not necessarily put into words. I was incredibly impressed by her preparation and follow-up, which gave us all confidence that we were in very experienced and capable hands. I could not imagine the process having been led more imaginatively or professionally.'

Dame Seona Reid

Chair | Cove Park 

Women Leaders in Museums Network

‘Catherine is a skilled and creative thinker who can bring projects to life through her great ideas. Her work is informed by extensive professional experience at the highest level in the arts and heritage sectors. Her energy and enthusiasm make her a joy to work with.'

Virginia Tandy

Founder | Women Leaders in Museums Network

'Thank you for doing such a brilliant job and for bringing such energy and humour to the room.' 'Amazing work, lots of really good feedback from the participants; everyone felt the change of energy and focus. A great event, well steered, with humour and intelligence.'

Sharon Ament, Caro Howell

Co-Chairs | Women Leaders in Museums Network

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‘Catherine was great to work with - extremely professional, knowledgeable and bursting with enthusiasm. Her work was extremely thorough, and delivered on time. She kept in regular contact with us throughout so that she could sense check her progress. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend working with Catherine.’ ​

Kate Smith

Director of Development | Capital Theatres, Edinburgh

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‘Catherine helped us to refine our vision and bring together all of the strands of our activity into a clearly communicated plan. She not only advised us on strategy, reviewing the capacity, skills and leadership needed to deliver; but also helped us to better understand and articulate the value we can deliver for communities and people.’

Armida Taylor

Head of Operations | Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

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‘Working with Catherine has been really helpful in focusing our thinking and developing a shared understanding of the fundraising task ahead for both the Board and the Senior Management Team. Catherine’s knowledge, experience, warm and open approach enabled us to surface key issues and actions to take forward. I have no hesitation in recommending Catherine and look forward to working with her again in the future.’

Helen Smout

Chief Executive | Culture Perth and Kinross

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‘Catherine understood our needs and offered excellent ideas and advice. She has helped us map the way forward, providing clear analysis, fresh insights and actionable recommendations.’ 

Julie Aldridge

Chief Executive | Arts Marketing Association, Cambridge

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‘We sought Catherine's expert support to help guide strategic development work and frame a Board workshop. Catherine’s insights and support helped to ensure a successful and positive development day was delivered for our new Chair and board members, which directly informed the development of strategic aims and outcomes.’

Seonaid Daly

Chief Executive | Scottish Contemporary Art Network

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‘Catherine developed and delivered two Board-focused networking and peer learning events with a wide variety of trustees. She did an excellent job of bringing together a diverse group of people, making them feel comfortable and enabling them to speak openly and honestly. I would highly recommend working with Catherine – she is very professional, reliable and flexible in her approach.’

Louise Downing

Project Manager | Arts & Business Scotland: Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage

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