Lara is a freelance cultural consultant specialising in diversity, innovation, leadership, collaboration and cultural policy implementation within the HE, cultural and digital sector. She develops and delivers projects and policy on how cultural and digital technology intersect for a number of national partners as well as programmes around leadership, resilience and business development for the arts and creative industries. She works with STEAMhouse at Birmingham City University and a is currently delivering and developing cross sector projects with private, public, HE and other education partners.
With Helga Henry, she co-produced RE:Present and ASTONish; leadership development programmes which supported the development of cultural leaders from diverse backgrounds so that the cultural ecology of the city better reflects its changing demographic. Funding partners were Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council.
She was also Programme Director on Creative Warwickshire a programme for creative and digital freelancers and businesses.
She was also a broker on the AHRC Funded CATH Project (Collaborative Triple Helix) which developed 19 collaborative projects across the East and West Midlands with academics from the both Birmingham and Leicester Universities, cultural organisations and digital SMEs. The research project led to long term collaborative working and investment. She subsequently became Senior Research Facilitator leveraging investment for further knowledge transfer and research collaborations between academics, cultural organisations and artists across the sector.
Lara has also developed, managed and delivered successful ERDF, ESF, ACE and other funded and non-funded programmes and projects cross sectors. Is well respected as a key influencer in the development of sector policy.
She is on the board of Stan’s Cafe.