We support the cultural sector to change and develop. 
We do that with;
Transformational programmes for organisations, leaders and creative individuals
Direct consultancy and strategic support
Offering free tools and resources that everyone can access to realise a fairer, more representative and relevant cultural sector.

OUR PROGRAMMES

CULTURE RESET was created as a practical rapid response programme to inspire more relevant and impactful cultural organisations and practices.

Born out of the devastating impact of Covid-19 and inspired by the urgent need to accelerate change and respond to the experiences of a broader diversity of people, the programme provided expert support and dynamic stimulus for 192 arts and cultural producers, makers and directors across the UK over the summer of 2020.

people make it work is one of many partners working with Jerwood Arts to deliver the 4th edition of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme. The programme supports 50 salaried jobs in arts and cultural organisations across the UK, for individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds. We work in collaboration with the Jerwood Arts team to develop the programme with a particular role in leading the Organisational Development strand that supports and enables organisations to lead change in relation to inclusive practice as well as a Professional Development programme for Fellows as they start their new roles with the organisations.

people make it work has developed a programme, funded by Arts Council England, to support a national movement of Cultural Education Partnerships to connect, learn and reimagine their future role collectively. With 162 participants and 97 CEPs represented, this marks the first national gathering of these place based partnerships and has been entirely co-created with the participants themselves and with Bridge Organisations, recognising the ecology of cultural learning provision across the UK.

people make it work was asked to co-develop a Transforming Leadership bid to ACE with the City of Culture Trust, and is now the delivery partner for the Coventry City of Culture Leadership Programme. The cohort of 15 City Leaders reflect the city and come from all artforms, areas of Coventry, levels of expertise, ages and backgrounds. Many of the group have characteristics that are under represented in the sector including being disabled, having mental health conditions, being neuro-diverse and having a migrant experience.

Change Creation, now in it’s second year, is working with 45 organisations of different scale and art form across the UK to lead and embed lasting change.

In 2020 the programme adapted to provide urgent support for organisations facing uncertain futures, focussing on iterative business planning, social injustice and inclusion, new working practices, income and value, and understanding and meeting emerging audience needs in a changed environment.

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Over 20 years we’ve supported some of the best cultural organisations in the UK, helping their leadership and teams to evolve and develop, to build strength, resilience and relevance in today’s challenging contexts.
We are more committed to our clients’ objectives than we are to our own and we believe in tailoring our services to meet their needs. We don’t use off the shelf solutions, because we don’t have off the shelf clients.

We can offer the complete change management consultancy...

from helping you develop your new business strategy to building the plan to deliver it. From developing ideas as leaders to getting everyone involved in delivering the change. From identifying new opportunities to supporting you as you engage your other stakeholders and build momentum. We can even develop the training courses that might be needed to create the new skills and behaviours that the strategy requires.

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Organisational Development

Helping organisations change and develop is what we do. Everyday. We offer a wide range of solutions from complete, holistic Organisational Development consultancy to discreet projects or a combination of services that focus on specific teams, divisions or geographies. We’ll work with you to design and fine tune a package of support that meets your unique needs.

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Change Management

Change Management is at the heart of our work. Our approaches, processes and tools have been developed over decades by some of the best change management experts working across international business today and we bring them to an arts and culture context because agility, relevance and resilience have never been more important.

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Leadership development

We work with senior teams, chief executives and trustees to help you realize your organizational mission, engage and empower your teams, and maximize your impacts. Whether it’s coaching, facilitation or formal development programmes, we support you to deliver.

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Employee engagement

Great leadership thinking has no value if it isn’t understood, believed and acted on by the whole organization and we are experts in employee engagement. Change is done by people not to people, so everyone gets to lead when you work with us.

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Strategic development

Our combination of commercial acumen and cultural experience makes us well placed to help you develop powerful transformative strategies and models to reshape your business. Our work on Resilience across the UK is helping cultural organisations build stronger more diverse futures.

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Partnership management and collaboration

We believe that collaboration and partnership working are amongst the essential characteristics of successful organisations. Working with new partnerships at the local, regional and national level, we bring a spirit of commitment, break down barriers, work through concerns and forge powerful alliances that transform delivery.

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Coaching

Leadership coaching is a powerful tool in creating real organisational change and supporting your most important individuals to really have the greatest impact and create even better results with the people around them. Creating a coaching culture in your team can extend the transformation from the personal to the organisational.

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Training

With 30 years of training and development experience, we offer an extensive range of training courses and services that can help create organisational change and we develop tailored courses for leadership teams, managers and front line staff. We deliver training that works, and have the feedback and measured impact to prove it.

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Facilitation

Our facilitation is designed to create ideas and energy, to build relationships and generate commitment and action. We offer a range of facilitation services and can facilitate sessions from 6 – 6,000 people. We facilitate small groups, teams, boards, networks, conferences and consultation events. We make communication flow and people feel heard.

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OUR CLIENTS

ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS

people make it work works with some of the most celebrated organisations in the Cultural sector including Arts Council Wales, Science Museum, Arts Council England, Jerwood Foundation, London Sinfonietta, Ty Cerdd, Turner Contemporary, GLA, Forestry England, Taliesen, Birmingham Museums Trust,  UK Theatre, Coventry City of Culture, Leeds 2023, Gulbenkian Foundation, TATE, Historic England, Invisible Dust, National Motor Museum, Warts and All Theatre and Delapre Abbey.  Our work with them ranges from fundamental organisational change programmes to smaller scale leadership development.

PUBLIC AND HIGHER EDUCATION SECTORS

people make it work supports organizations across the Public and Higher Education sectors including: UK Parliament, 28 of London’s Local Authorities, London School of Economics, Knowledge Quarter, Conservatoire of Dance and Drama, LAMDA, Kingston University Business School, RADA, Royal College of Music, Leeds University Business School, Royal Academy of Music, Queen Mary, University of London, and Ravensbourne Digital Design College. Our work with them ranges from public consultation facilitation through employee engagement to leadership development and change management.

CHARITIES AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR

people make it work has a track record of working with some of the UK’s largest and most far reaching charities. Our clients have included Oxfam, Teach First, Comic Relief, Quakers, Pilotlight, Myeloma UK, CAIRN Trust, Niemmen Pick and The Everyone Foundation. Our work with them ranges from team development work and leadership coaching to change management programmes and larger scale strategy development interventions.

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OUR WORK

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people make it work projects and programmes

We manage and produce leadership and sector development programmes such as Change Creation which we have designed, developed and are delivering right now. Our Second programme is live and we are planning and re-shaping futures programmes to provide support across the sector. We also developed and delivered culture reset in 2020 and are currently delivering the Organisation Development elements of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme with 50 host organisations as well as the first leadership programme for CEP leaders (funded by ACE) and are leading the delivery of the Coventry City of Culture Leadership Programme.

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Change management with individuals and organisations

Our work ranges in scale and depth from complete organisational change programmes to discrete leadership development.

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Large-scale, place-based strategic programmes

We manage complex partnership, consortium initiatives and knowledge transfer programmes across regions and sectors.

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Clients say

Testimonials

Designed, developed and delivered by people make it work, the Change Creation programme supports arts and cultural organisations to create lasting change. We’re currently shaping our future programmes, as now, more than ever, we know that we need to support the incredible organisations in our sector to re-model, plan and shape their futures.  Find out more about the programme.