An invisible force in the North and beyond; Vic works tirelessly to enable people to achieve their dreams and ambitions, whatever their background. She has over twelve year's experience of working with national, award-winning youth charities and across the creative industries.
She's a massive advocate of the power of informal learning, DIY approaches, networking and raw talent as routes to success - with a big, fat passion for social mobility and it's incredible strength to break down all sorts of barriers, from education and employment, to success in certain industries. In recognition of her achievements to date, Vic was included on the prestigious Northern Power Women Future List 2017 and in the same year, awarded a mentor and funding through Flourish CIC's supporting women in social enterprise scheme.
Taking things freelance, she now works with SME's, charities, voluntary groups, start-ups and entrepreneurial superstars to develop certain skills that they are lacking and help propel their business or project into the stratosphere.This includes a full suite of support from ideation through to evaluation; fundraising and income generation strategy; marketing, including social media strategy to PR; better linking charities to business and audio production such as podcasts.
Her most recent role was Fundraising and Marketing Manager at UpRising, the UK's leading, youth leadership development charity, spearheading projects such as conceiving viral Register To Vote Campaigns for the Cabinet Office, securing top-level, cross-sector support for the charity including, Bruntwood, Brother UK, PwC, Grant Thornton, Siemens, Bank of England, Liverpool University and north west Local Authorities, plus contributing to significant fundraising efforts such as the Big Lottery Fund, and Esmée Fairbairn..
She’s also the former Deputy Director of NOISEfestival.com, Europe’s leading promoter of emerging creative talent. Here she helped secure new creatives massive, media exposure (BBC R1, 1Xtra…), exhibitions and masterclasses at impressive locations, including Downing Street, House of Commons and V&A, and enabled them to get kick-ass kudos from the best in the business, like from legends such as Brian Eno, Boiler Room, Wayne Hemingway, Giles Deacon, Peter Saville and Badly Drawn Boy.
Vic also flies the flag for women in the media. She's the Director of the independent music website,Silent Radio and co-Founder, Exec-Producer and Presenter of the Silent Radio Show, that’s broadcast live on MCR.Live. Her further radio includes BBC 5Live and BBC Radio Manchester. Vic also has international TV Production Management credits such as BBC, ZDF / Arte and Smithsonian.
A regular panelist on the themes of representation, inclusion, diversity and self promotion, her recent appearances include talks for Off The Record festival, Liverpool Sound City, The MPA, DivaManc and the Inclusive Growth Unit.She dabbles with playing records to people (only when Corrie’s not on) and she's also turned her hand to podcast producing and launched her first podcast Tourist, in June 2018.
Vic also has a cat called Alan and he’s the bee's knees.
A selection of current adventures, people I've worked with and for...
How I Can Help You
Charity, SME, creative genius or enterprising superstar? Here's just some areas that I can support you with:
From podcast training, full podcast production (idea, to a live product), editing and other technical expertise, to music-based happenings, such as organising gigs, showcases and DJ'in...
Ideation to Evaluation
Do you have a project idea, but don't know where to start? I can support you from nurturing the initial idea, planning, getting funds, spreading the love - right through to the monitoring, then evaluation.
Funding & Strategy
From looking at how you can become more sustainable & agile, to helping you look in the right places for money and get your applications looking top.
From strategy and social media, to press releases, website advice, PR angles and events - (you name it, I’ve worked on it; conferences, exhibitions, launch parties, MP visits… virtual art showcases - don't ask!)
For example, helping you reach a youth audience, to bridging the gap between business and charity and vice versa. Achieve above and beyond your CSR or discover how pro-bono support can help your organisation beyond the usual cash injection.
Panels, talks & that
A Northern, female voice #DamnTheManel
Subjects have covered self-promotion for creatives / musicians, inclusion & diversity, under-representation, inclusive growth & more. Plus, compere and hosting services for your event.
We believe in giving people the opportunity to develop to be their best self, recognising that people will need to grow their skills throughout their lifetime.
Vic's passion and enthusiasm for inspiring our next generation of leaders and getting young people in the right roles for them made her a perfect fit as a partner at Uprising. We found her approachable and flexible about how we could make a difference to young people's lives.
Kate Vokes - Director of Culture, Bruntwood
Every time I see Vic she lights up my day, so I’m delighted that she’s become so involved in the Flourish network.
The network supports women who want to make positive changes in their communities, Vic is an inspirational change maker, so having her part of the network brings so much value to work we do. We were delighted that we were able to invest in her enterprise, we know that anything Vic puts heart and mind to will without doubt be a huge success.
Jo McGrath - Co-Founder, Flourish CIC
Community engagement is at the heart of our work here at Brother UK. Vic approached us to support the amazing work that she was doing with unemployed young people at UpRising. She made it very easy for us to be involved, support the programme and we continue to do so. Vic is a delight to work with and we are very pleased that she reached out to us.
Sam Johnson - Community Engagement Manager, Brother UK
Vic's passion for Silent Radio and audio content is clear. With the breadth of guests that she's attracted and with Silent Radio loyal audience, Vic is someone well worth listening to when it comes to all things audio.
Rhys Hancock - Station Manager, MCR.live
Northern Power Women are proud to champion and support fantastically brilliant women from across the North. Vic was no exception, her work, ethos and values made her the perfect role-mode addition to our 'ones to watch' Future List 2017.
Simon Roche - Founder, Northern Power Women
The partnership which The Factory Youth Zone with UpRising was entirely down to the skills that Victoria has in abundance. She took time to understand us, where we come from and our aims and objectives - as well as those of the young people.She listens and does not assume and is flexible in her response whilst working with a model. For us, Victoria brought Social Action to life from being a concept on paper to work that inspires and really empowers young people and communities .
Working in North Manchester – Victoria has always been a go to person when there is something new and innovative
Richard Marsh - CEO, Factory Youth Zone
It has been great working with you and your enthusiasm and commitment to developing young leaders has been infectious - one of the reasons UpRising has been successful in Greater Manchester.
Angela Harrington - Head of Work and Skills, Manchester City Council
You’re one of a kind, and a huge inspiration to so many!
Adrian Bull MBE, Director of External Relations - National Nuclear Laboratory
Your energy and leadership is clearly a real asset to UpRising.
Samantha Reed - Senior Manager, PwC
You have done a huge amount to raise the profile of UpRising among the business community in the North West.
It has been a pleasure to get to know you and I wish you every success.
John Young - North West Agent, Bank of England
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