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Vanessa Swann

Vanessa Swann

Consultancy Interests

I am an experienced former CEO of a major arts / social enterprise charity, Cockpit Arts, and have a proven track record of successfully starting up, growing and expanding Arts, Charities & Social Enterprise organisations, including turnaround and enterprise development. I  have been consulting for several years specialising in Organisational Development and Change Management including  governance, strategic business planning, income generation, stakeholder engagement and communications. I am a qualified Social Enterprise adviser with coaching, mentoring and facilitator experience; an experienced Trustee in the visual arts and music sector and a Consultant Grant Assessor   

Examples of recent assignments for clients including Arts Council Wales, Nesta innovation foundation, CAF Global Alliance, SE Assist Brighton, School for Social Entrepreneurs and The Fore:

  • Change management for a community arts organisation involving a new communication and political influencing strategy
  • Strategic support involving an organisational restructure and repositioning of a regional arts centre with business planning ad HR advice
  • 360-degree organisational review of a local authority-owned performing arts centre to achieve cost savings and improve operational effectiveness.
  • Strategic support to align services offered by a regional crafts centre with local authority tourism strategies.
  • Facilitation for a national social sector organisation helping managers working remotely to decide on new ways of working together to better support organisational goals.
  • Research and brokering of introductions between UK and Russian organisations involved in social change and civil society development.

Strategic planning
Business planning
Social enterprise development
Fundraising and earned income/sustainable funding
Change management
Charity management and governance
Leadership development
Stakeholder engagement
Partnership working
Property development
Premises management



Was CEO of

  • Cockpit Arts

Currently trustee of

  • PRS Foundation

Was trustee of

  • Unity Arts Trust CIC; Association for Contemporary Jewellery

Years in the sector

  • 25

Years as a consultant

  • 3 years independent / 8 years in house consultant

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