As an independent consultant and advisor, Mike helps organisations around the world to find creative ways to engage with their audiences, and maximise and measure the impact they make. He is an Associate Consultant with the Co-production Network for Wales, a Visiting Researcher in the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, and a mentor to new businesses as part of the Welsh Government’s Accelerated Growth Programme. A passionate advocate for public engagement with the arts and sciences, he is the author of a number of publications exploring these themes and regularly curates and hosts exhibitions and festivals in his native Wales.
He has a degree in Physics and Philosophy from Durham University and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Ruth works for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in the role of Head of Artistic Planning & Participation and is a senior member of the artistic and management teams at NYCGB. Previous roles include Senior Education Manager at Glyndebourne and Producer (Youth & Community) at Welsh National Opera. Originally from North Wales, she studied at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University (with a choral scholarship) then gained a Masters in Music from Bangor University. In addition to arts management, Ruth is a choral conductor and part of the tutor team at Sing for Pleasure, CȃnSing and Morland Choristers’ Camp.
Mark has always been passionate about the arts and the third sector. He part-owns Chell Perkins Ltd, a company which exists to equip small to medium sized charities throughout the UK with practical fundraising support and training.
Mark is a strong believer in the universal language of music and that music in all forms should be accessible to everyone. Mark has a history of amateur songwriting and composing seeing his music being performed in an eclectic mix of venues - ranging from a Worcestershire Youth Music composition at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, to any open mic night that will accept him, to a profit making musical as part of his degree at the University of York. Since having children, he is now almost fully proficient at performing Disney classics and nursery rhymes to an audience of three.