.Creative & Charity Industry Pro.Audio & Music Geek.Good Egg.
Purveyor of helping folk, with a no-nonsense approach, value-driven, meritocracy believer, nepotism fighter - with an ear for a good tune. Discover more about me, and how I can help you or your business.
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 in the creative industries.
She's a massive advocate of the power of informal learning, DIY approaches and raw talent as routes to success. 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.
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 and north west Local Authorities, plus contributing to significant fundraising efforts (Big Lottery Fund, 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, The MPA, DivaManc and the Inclusive Growth Unit.
She dabbles with playing records to people (only when Corrie’s not on) and her first first podcast Tourist, is currently in pre-production.
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
My approach is to work alongside you and to show you how - rather than simply just do it for you (which I can do too). This way you are keeping all that lovely knowledge, long after the job is done.Charity, SME, creative genius or enterprising superstar? Here's just some areas that I can support you with:
Finding cash to fund a project can often seem daunting. I can help you look in the right places for pots of money and get your funding application looking top.
PR & Marketing
From strategy and exploiting social media, to writing press releases and finding a PR angle for your work.
Fancy delving into the world of podcasts, or would like some sound bites for your website? Let’s have a chat.
Do you have an amazing idea, but don’t know where to begin, or even think about executing it? What sort of people do you need to help? How much will it cost? There’s a million and one things to think about, well can I just say I love a Gantt chart and a challenge.
You name it, I’ve worked on it; conferences, exhibitions, launch parties, MP visits… virtual art showcases (don't ask). Let me help you take the stress out of events.
Monitoring & Evaluation
Your company and stakeholders need to see the evidence of your impact. I can help you to set up some basic monitoring systems to make your project evaluations a doddle.
Ideation to Evaluation
Have a project idea, but don't know where to start. I can support you from nurturing the initial idea, planning the project, getting funds, right through to the evaluation of your project.
Bridging the gap between business and charity and vice versa. Achieve above and beyond your CSR agenda or get the pro-bono support you need.
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
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
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
News, thoughts & tunes
Where I've been , what's coming up and some nice things to listen to