RCF-D Specialist Coaches

Bev Shephard - Consultant and Co-Director of Haarlem Artspace

Bev is a specialist Arts and Creative Industry Consultant with twenty years’ Board-level experience in the third, private and public sectors. She is also a Founding Director of artist studios and public gallery Haarlem Artspace, in Wirksworth.

Bev is a generalist with breadth and depth of knowledge in starts-ups, strategy and planning, finance, change management, HR, governance and fundraising. She carries out consultancy, and delivers training and works on retainer for a number of different organisations.

In her spare time, Bev is a trustee of Derbyshire Dales CVS. She lives in Grindleford with her husband Tim and their two children.



Camilla Brown - Academic, Writer, Curator

Camilla Brown is a curator, writer and educator on contemporary art, specialising in photography based in the Derbyshire. For ten years she was Senior curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, London previously she was Exhibitions Curator at Tate Liverpool. She works at both the University of Derby, where she teaches on the MA photography and film and at Middlesex University as Senior Lecturer Creative Industries.

Her writing on contemporary photography is regularly published in books and magazines. For the past 2 years she has been Associate Curator at Grain Photography Hub. She is on the steering group for the Format Photography Festival.

Examples of her work appear on her website at www.camillaebrown.co.uk

Carol Adlam - Author-illustrator

I am a UK-based writer and illustrator. I specialise in reportage artwork, graphic novels, and book illustration (children's and older, fiction and non-fiction), and I also write graphic novels, children’s books, short stories, and adaptations. I work closely with publishers, writers, designers, and clients from heritage / educational organisations, particularly museums, galleries, and universities.

Current highlights include Writer/Illustrator-in-Residence, University of St Andrews.

Current teaching posts include: - Senior Lecturer in Illustration, School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University (2018-present) - Tutor, School of Illustration at the House of Illustration, London (2018-present) - Tutor, Nottingham Trent University (Childrens' Book Illustration; Graphic Novels; Reportage Illustration) (2016-present)


Debbie Bryan - Independent creative business owner & creative

Our company project manages creative and cultural collaborations and commercial opportunities in the UK and overseas. We also own a successful gallery and creative space that we opened in 2009, we then introduced our tea room in 2015 - our gallery and venue centres around craft, heritage and experiences.

Located in the Nottingham's Lace Market area, the gallery is specialised in selling contemporary and heritage craft including in-house designed collections, our company also has a transnational website which promotes unique, quality product and creative and cultural workshop experiences.

We work with Nottingham Trent University and Real Creative Futures to deliver creative and informative workshops, as well as involvement with Nottinghamshire County Council as part of the Creative Enterprise Program and Creative Top Up Program. We have also created and delivered technical apprenticeships in partnership with New College Nottingham Recruitment.

Debbie Bryan has won a number of awards and received recognition for creativity, retail and business locally, nationally and internationally.


Tina Smith - Creative Business Mentor and Fundraising and Development Consultant

Tina Smith has worked in the arts sector for over 20 years, starting out at the Arts Council where she worked for both the East Midlands offices and National Office facilitating strategic partnerships and projects to benefit artists and audiences. Tina assessed and evaluated arts capital and project grant applications and after leaving the Arts Council utilised her knowledge to become a freelance assessor and independent creative and cultural consultant. Tina has a proven track record in supporting artists, arts organisations and recently secured significant funding for UK Young Artists and Bamboozle Theatre.

Tina currently works part time with Bamboozle Theatre Company developing multi-sensory experiences for profoundly disabled children and their families and Aakash Odedra Company (contemporary dance) as their fundraising consultant building and managing relationships with new and existing statutory funds and trusts and foundations.

Tina has knowledge of and has worked across all art forms, she has a BA in combined arts, a MA in Modern Literature, and a professional background in visual arts and design; but has recently supported the development of the performing arts, working for a theatre company for several years and supporting outdoor festival development – she is currently a board member of Wild Rumpus. Tina enjoys supporting artists and has worked as a mentor delivering one to one support, lectures and workshops for organisations such as The Royal College of Art and DeMontfort University.


Ellen O’Hara - Creative Business Coach

Ellen is the resident Creative Business Coach for Real Creative Futures – Digital. She is a freelance business coach, creative facilitator, strategist and published researcher. Over the last 20 years, Ellen has coached and supported hundreds of artists, makers, designers, creative and social entrepreneurs to achieve their creative ambitions and create social impact in a financially sustainable way.

She has designed and delivered enterprise programmes for Nesta & Arts Council England (Digital Arts & Culture Accelerator), Creative Industry Finance, Innovate UK and Crafts Council. Currently, Ellen is a UK Associate with Nesta, delivering the Creative Hubs Academy for creative and social entrepreneurs in Southern Africa as part of the British Council’s Connect.Hubs progrmme.

As well as working with individuals, Ellen helps arts organisations and social enterprises to develop strategies, develop their business models and access alternative finance. Recent clients include 64 Million Artists, National Theatre Wales, Theatre Centre, Coney, StopGap Dance Company, Turner Contemporary and Warwick Ventures.

Ellen previously held roles at award-winning craft incubator and social enterprise Cockpit Arts, the Prince's Trust and Arts Council England. She began her career in management consultancy at Arthur Andersen. She is a Clore Leadership Fellow 2014/15, SFEDI accredited coach, Fellow of the RSA and holds a degree in Economics & Econometrics from the University of Birmingham. Ellen is also chair of board at Little Earthquake theatre. She works internationally and is based in the Derbyshire Dales.

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