As as acting as a fundraising consult, I have worked with a number of organisations offering assistance in a wide range of areas from event delivery, online content management and strategic reviews.

Previous projects include:


Forward Arts Foundation

Forward Arts Foundation is a charity that aims to widen poetry’s audience; honouring achievement and supporting talent. It coordinates National Poetry Day, runs the annual Forward Prizes for Poetry and publishes the Forward Book of Poetry, an annual anthology of the year’s best poems.

    Since 2016 I have worked with Forward Arts Foundation on:

    • Strategic planning, and input on their successful Arts Council National Portfolio application
    • Event management of  2017 & 2018 National Poetry Symposiums, bringing together all major UK poetry partners for a day of discussion
    • Website management for development work and ongoing updates to nationalpoetryday.co.uk
    • Management consultancy, including a strategic review of National Poetry Day
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    Tom’s report is invaluable: it gives us insight into perceptions of our role and a blueprint for further improvement. It is a strong foundation on which to build collaboration between literary, literacy and poetry organisations.
    — Susannah Herbert, Director, Forward Arts Foundation
     

    National Poetry Day Strategic Review

    Reviewing the reach, impact and sustainability of National Poetry Day

    In autumn 2016 I was commissioned by Forward Arts Foundation to produce a strategic review of National Poetry Day, the UK's mass celebration of poetry. The review focussed on the reach, impact, sustainability and reputation of the event.

    The consultation took in the views of sixteen key partners within the poetry sector, and reviewed the operational processes by which Forward Arts Foundation engaged with these organisations to deliver the National Poetry Day campaign.

    The recommendations within the report led to the hiring of a dedicated National Poetry Day project manager and the hosting of the first sector-wide National Poetry Symposium.