we are people make it work
a group of 60 freelance cultural leaders who work together with a shared mission
collectively, we support the cultural sector to change, develop and transform

We do that with
transformational programmes for:

creative individuals

direct strategic consultancy for:

organisations and cities

and by offering:

free tools
and resources that everyone can access

NEW FOR 2022

Creating Transformation provides sustained and immersive support for all arts and cultural organisations across the UK
The Office for Leadership Transition work with Boards and Executive Directors to transition their leadership teams and create inclusive change
Changing perceptions and narratives around Trusteeship – more than capacity-building, this reset is movement making.
A new brokering service to support you to create wider, deeper relationships across England, realising your goals for greater impact, and the Arts Council’s goal for more equitably distributed cultural investment, experiences and infrastructure.


Helping shape our future

We are excited to welcome Vicki Igbokwe who recently joined people make it work as our Director of Empowerment.

Helping shape our future

We are delighted to welcome Dr Hilary Palmer who has joined people make it work as our Director of Care and Support.

Helping shape our future

We are thrilled to announce that Lucy Bramley has been appointed as our Head of Project Enabling and Business development manager.

Helping shape our future

We are honoured to welcome Karenjeet Bains who has recently joined us as Business Planning and Finance Manager and Project Enabler

Helping shape our future

Dan de la Motte
We are delighted to welcome Dan de la Motte, who recently joined people make it work as Project Enabler, facilitator and producer.

Helping shape our future

We are excited that Laura Twemlow has become our Head of Belonging, as well as Directing our new Creating Transformation programme.


We also provide
strategy development, change management, facilitation and consultancy to cultural organisations, cities and individual cultural practitioners.
Here are our consultancy services, get in touch if you are seeking to develop your business plans, create change in your organisation, shift your culture or increase your impact.

people in our team are sure to be able to help


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.



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.



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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