Niki has over twenty five years of experience working within the cultural sector and a strong track record in strategic business planning, project implementation, fundraising and capital development.
She began her career as a curator in the visual arts in Scotland and the North East of England where she was also an advisor for Northern Arts and Arts Council England. This prompted a move into strategic arts development working initially as Visual Arts Officer for East England Arts and eventually as Head of Visual Arts & Literature for Arts Council England. During this period she developed and implemented the East regional strategy for visual arts, supported numerous organisations through accelerated growth, capital development and financial recovery and developed frameworks to support the region’s artists.
Since leaving Arts Council England in 2010 she has undertaken a number of senior management and fundraising roles at Wysing Arts Centre, Smiths Row and MK Gallery. For Wysing she developed a new partnership working strategy and had success in generating additional sources of income. As Director for Smiths Row she refreshed the organisation’s vision, creating more opportunities for emerging artists and developed an expanded programme of activities to foster artist and audience engagement. At MK Gallery she supported the development of the business planning for a major capital project to transform the existing gallery space, and is currently still working with them on a key partnership strand of the business plan.
Niki’s consultancy work has included undertaking strategic reviews, devising and developing successful funding bids and providing project management services for a range of clients including Norwich City Council, Luton Borough Council, John Clare Cottage, and Norwich Arts Centre. She has also supported many individual artists and artist collectives to develop and achieve funding for their work. Niki is currently a trustee of Norwich Arts Centre and is supporting the Artistic Director to develop organisational funding bids.
In the last four years Niki has secured over £1 million funding for arts organisations, artists and local authorities from a range of trusts, foundations and public funds.