Burns Associates

Development Consultancy


Current clients include:


Artworks - Paul Hamlyn Foundation

As Project Director for ArtWorks, I am leading a UK wide special initiative to support the continuing professional development of artists working in participatory settings. Download the latest report here


In Harmony Liverpool - Liverpool Philharmonic

As evaluator, I am leading the longitudinal evaluation of this music and social change programme with a colleague, Paul Bewick.

The year four, interim report of the programme can be downloaded here


Belfast Exposed 

As evaluator, I am conducting a review of education, training and community programmes and an evaluation of pilot projects.


Fevered Sleep

As evaluator of Future Play, a three year pilot programme of touring childrens' theatre.


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

As Facilitator of the leadership development for musicians involved in the Merseycare artists in residence programme



Previous Reports on Projects:


Dance Training and Accreditation Project


Dance Mapping Research - Arts Council England


New Directions: A Symposium to discuss career progression for dancers.

The report of this event can be downloaded here


A Cultural Leadership Reader - Culture Works

This reader sets out to make some of that work more visible, with the aim of generating interest in developing a leadership literature that reflects our concerns, ambitions and learning as a sector.


It also makes a contribution to meeting the needs of practitioners on leadership development programmes, or those conducting their own independent inquiry, who ask, ‘What should I read?’




Previous Clients Include (in no particular order):


Tate Liverpool / LARC / Youth Dance England / FACT / Band on the Wall /  Merseyside Dance Initiative / mima / Merseyside PCT / Canada Council / Liverpool Biennial / Africa Oye / Laban Palatine, HE Academy / Liverpool John Moores University / Ludus Dance / Design Centre, Barnsley / Rejects Revenge Theatre Company / Showroom Gallery, London / Urban Strawberry Lunch / &Co / Curious Minds / Everyman/Playhouse Liverpool / Cultural Leadership Programme / Dance Xchange / Culture Campus / Birmingham Repertory Theatre / Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama / Action Tranport Theatre Company / Trinity College London & Open Eye Gallery

Projects and Research

downloaddoc philharmony feveredsleep belfast