Debbie Read

Debbie Read is an arts and heritage management consultant, specialising in business strategy, fundraising, good governance and trustee recruitment.  Read has delivered consultancy projects for museums and arts charities from the small to large scale, across the country.  Previously, she was Director for Arts and Business in the East Midlands for 10 years, working in partnership with cultural organisations and commercial companies on everything from governance and recruitment to sponsorship and individual giving.  She worked as a national governance trainer for Arts and Business, running whole board consultancies, as well as training senior managers from commercial businesses to become effective charity trustees.  Read was Head of Planning at Arts Council East Midlands, managing arts lottery distribution, corporate and local government relationships, and regional funding for the arts.  Read has sat on various charity boards over the years, and was Arts Council observer on the boards of over 30 cultural organisations.  She has also delivered national community and heritage projects as part of the Millennium celebrations at the Dome, worked in theatre-in-education, as a community theatre promoter, and at the Edinburgh Festival.

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