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People Purpose Planning

People Purpose Planning aims to support arts, cultural and third sector organisations to achieve high performance by focusing on their people, their purpose and the effectiveness of their planning processes.

List of Clients

Artworks Scotland

Organisation type: National (Scotland) professional development initiative for artists working in participatory settings.

Deliverables: Workshop for conference delegates exploring participatory arts practice.


Organisation type: Third sector infrastructure support partnership working across Northumberland.

Deliverables: Design and delivery of a programme of learning and development support for voluntary and community sector organisations across Northumberland, focused on (1) quality systems and approaches; (2) planning and evidencing outcomes; (3) marketing and campaigning.


Organisation type: National charity supporting single homeless adults.

Deliverables: Developing a framework for arts provision at their Skylight Centre in Newcastle.


Organisation type: Arts charity providing music based development opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers.

Deliverables: Business planning, fundraising strategy, developing and writing strategic funding bids, mentoring. See also Case study [Crossings 2012 to 2015]

Fertile Ground (formerly Dora Frankel Dance)

Organisation type: Contemporary dance Community Interest Company.

Deliverables: Long term strategic planning, business planning, fundraising.

Helix Arts

Organisation type: Regional participatory arts charity.

Deliverables: Fundraising.

The Key (formerly Keyfund)

Organisation type: Regional charity working with children and young people.

Deliverables: Modelling organisational capacity, leadership coaching.

Mission Models Money

Organisation type: National arts and culture think tank.

Deliverables: Development and launch of new, national (England, Scotland), peer learning network, for leaders in the arts and cultural sectors.

Newcastle University Business School

Organisation type: University Business School.

Deliverables: Design, development and delivery of new network for leaders of social change.

New Writing North

Organisation type: Literature development agency.

Deliverables: Facilitate board away day exploring governance effectiveness.

Northern Rock Foundation

Organisation type: Charitable Trust.

Deliverables: Design and delivery of a programme of learning and development support for six socially engaged arts organisations, focused on learning about, developing, and embedding a Theory of Change based approach to planning for, and demonstrating, outcomes, impact and social value. Participating organisations:

Operating Theatre

Organisation type: Theatre company.

Deliverables: Fundraising, organisational development.

Public Art Scotland

Organisation type: Public art research and publishing (Scotland).

Deliverables: Commissioned article exploring quality in participatory arts practice.

Queens Hall Arts

Organisation type: Arts centre.

Deliverables: Design and facilitate board away day generating 10-year vision.

Skimstone Arts

Organisation type: Not-for-profit arts organisation working with younger and older people.

Deliverables: Fundraising, board Away Day, evaluation.

Stepney Bank Stables

Organisation type: Regional charity – community equestrian centre.

Deliverables: Commissioning strategy, impact evaluation framework, leadership coaching.

University of Sunderland Students’ Union

Organisation type: Regional charity.

Deliverables: Long term strategic planning, team Away Day, business planning, change management, trustee development, leadership coaching. See also Case Study [USSU 2013 to 2014]

Tyne Gateway Trust

Organisation type: Charity tackling child poverty.

Deliverables: Lead submission of Stage 2 Reaching Communities funding application. See also Case Study [Tyne Gateway Trust 2015]

Unfolding Theatre

Organisation type: Regional touring theatre company.

Deliverables: Developing evaluation approaches.


Organisation type: Festival.

Deliverables: Strategic planning.