Hello, I’ve written and updated this post as a kind of permanent marker so the big bad world will know I am always seeking new collaborations, projects (or a job) in the North West of England. Consider it an online Curriculum Vitae of sorts, only a little less formal.
My main interest is in the field of festivals, events or related arts sector PR, something that works to support creative talent or do something useful in the community or charity sector. I have a BSc in Communication Studies, an MSc in Public Relations and Events, I have studied creative business management, event management and squeezed in a photography course or two.
We ended up in Liverpool as the good Doctor was offered a role that was too good to refuse. When we arrived I spent 6 months working with Victim Support to change how victims services are managed and raised 350k of new project funds, since then I have been taking on freelance gigs and producing stuff for Getintothis, The Thin Air, and others, stuff with words. And Pictures.
Not very long ago I hauled my ass back University.
I opted for an MSc in Public Relations with Events. After having managed bars, written press releases, curated event calendars, created national advertising campaigns, designed and delivered festivals, created websites and social media accounts and hosted hundreds of live shows, I figured I knew a thing or two and thought, well, what’s the worst that could happen?
It was a joy. I learned some new stuff and managed to do something interesting by way of a dissertation on independence in a world of conglomerates. Reader, I have written a dissertation on independent festivals that includes more ‘fucks’ than is reasonable in an academic text. It was great to get stuck into something and get to that level of detail.
Let the sales pitch begin!
Over the last few years I have worked on project development; managing websites and social media pages, and delivering content with a host of wonderful creatives; I’ve taken on event design and delivery; stage and artist management and a host of oddjobs. I’ve been delivering events for 15 years, working with partners across a range of organisations and sectors. I’m expert at creating conversations and managing communication. I can take the hassle out of stakeholder relationships and create enjoyable, useful engagement tools. I can develop networks, create partnerships and deliver everything from business events to national consultation projects.
I love a good problem.
I’ve worked with a ton of lovely folk, from OhYeah Belfast through to Belfast Music Week with MTV, Bushmills Live, Belfast Festival, Sound City, Electric Picnic, The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival I developed the Oxjam Festival, delivering four festivals in Belfast, the first of their kind in the UK, delivering over 60 events. The Oxjam model has been used internationally and raised over £3,500,000.
I am currently working with some wonderful people at the Atlantic Sessions festival on the North Coast of Ireland, a beauty of a thing that will grow and grow and hopefully land me a bottle of Bushmills with my name on it. I am also making very confusing things real at the University of Liverpool, delivering comics and conferences.
(Check the words page).
I still brandish a camera and I am available at very reasonable rates. My most recent shows involved a rapper in a record shop and a pirate ship in a forest. Beautiful.
(Check the pictures page)
I delivered projects with Youthnet for 8 years, developing income streams, delivering training and supporting organisations in crisis. I helped develop a Code of Good Governance for Northern Ireland and a sector-led Quality Assurance Framework for Youth Services in Northern Ireland. Both more exciting than their monikers suggest.
I was Chairperson of the Belfast Fairtrade Committee, responsible for City accreditation in two national boards and managing partnerships across the UK. I launched the now annual Fairtrade Belfast awards. I worked with the Northern Ireland Co-operative to widen the organisation’s demographic and create new partnerships. I produced marketing campaigns, managed fundraising events, delivered training and recruitment programmes.
I’ve made tea, made policy, and created educational activities; I’ve trained, tamed, tallied; managed diaries, breakdowns, meltdowns, washouts, washed floors, served pints and done just about every job in the book. I am game for just about anything. Within reason.
I would love to have a chat!
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What other people say…
Chris has developed close working relationships with key artists, practitioners, venues, and promoters. His reputation for being dedicated, committed and his ability to deliver to tight deadlines has led to him being an invaluable member of the festival team.
I have known Chris for five years as both a manager and collaborator across a wide range of projects, developing proposals and creating innovative services for our joint employer and for my own company. Chris is consistently creative, innovative and thought-provoking (in a very positive way) in his approach, he is knowledgeable across a range of subjects and is thorough when researching a new area. I would have Chris on my team again without hesitation.
Freelance Client (AHP Services)
Chris is a tremendous ally who has supported the Oh Yeah music centre since the very early days. He is a friend, a councillor, an expert in youth services and he scrubs a good floor. In the past few years, he has taken a keen interest in photography and he made this into a personal dynamic. His music shots have bite and drama. He has documented a lot of the changes in music around the city. His portraits are cool. I fully endorse this chap.
Journalist, NME, WORD, BBC
Chris has been an official photographer for CQAF for five years. He is a technically gifted photographer with a great eye for the key shot and is as adept at careful composition as he is at beautifully capturing the moment be it at a rock or comedy performance or an audience reaction. I’d have no hesitation in recommending him for any kind of photographic work; such is his talent and versatility. Oh, and he’s a very dependable and decent bloke as well!
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
I have known Chris for years and have worked with him in a number of capacities. With his running of gigs for Oxfam in Belfast and promoting local music in many ways he is always a consummate professional. An all round decent chap that does what he says he will. A credit to the Northern Irish nation!
Chris is a top bloke and a great photographer.
He’s documented several projects for Oh Yeah and always delivers the goods.
The Ohyeah Centre