Vic produces podcasts for people and show others how to make them. In 2018, she founded 'MIC' a community for podcasters with regular meetups and learning events and she has her own podcast called Tourist. Vic also hosts the Manchester edition of the global music movement 'Classic Album Sundays' and other music events across the region.
Vic has over thirteen year's experience of working across the creative industries and with national, award-winning youth charities.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. Vic flies the flag for Northern 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 been broadcast on MCR.live and Fab Radio International. Her further radio includes a BBC 5Live documentary with Wise Buddah and BBC Radio Manchester. Vic also has international TV Production Management credits to her name including as BBC, ZDF / Arte and Smithsonian.
Vic's recently been working for Kate Cocker, a renowned radio and speech expert as her online content manager, as part of her 'Presenter Coach' team. She's also added theatre to her roster of clients, by doing exciting things with the award-winning Footlights performing arts company. Vic's also collaborating with some bad ass Manc ladies, including The Pankhurst Trust, for the Some Womeninitiative, celebrating 100 years since (some) women got the vote - involving a bunch of school kids and vox pops.
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, the Inclusive Growth Unit and Northern Power Women's 'Northern Power Futures' Conference 2018.She also dabbles in playing music to people, founding her own music night Road To Joy and DJing across Manchester including the legendary Night & Day cafe. She also releases regular mixtapes on Spotify and Mixcloud.
Until late 2017, she was National Fundraising and Marketing Manager at UpRising a leading, youth leadership development charity, securing top-level, support for the charity, contributing to significant fundraising efforts and managing youth projects / programmes and delivery teams in the north.She’s also the former Deputy Director of NOISEfestival.com, Europe’s leading promoter of emerging creative talent. Here she helped secure new artists massive, media exposure; exhibitions and masterclasses at impressive locations; enabled them to get kick-ass kudos from the best in the business and supported the development of innovative ways for them to promote their achievements online.
Vic also has a cat called Alan and he’s the bee's knees.
Reluctant but super networker
Talking about herself in the 3rd person
Not being a d**k
Charity, SME, Soc Ent, creative genius or enterprising superstar? Here's just some areas that I can support you with:
I can coach you to help you plan your podcast, I can professionally record it and make it sound fantastic, edit your audio, write your show notes, help you promote your podcast and other technical expertise - including training on all of the above too for your group or organisation.
Funding & Strategy
Helping you look in the right places for money and finding funding sources and getting your applications looking top. Including trusts, foundations, to the big boys such as Arts Council and the Big lottery Fund.
Marketing & Events
From managing and making the most of your content on 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!)
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.
Branded playlists and mixtapes to reflect and promote your brand and values; packaged to share amongst your customers, shareholders, investors or at your events.
In just three 1:1 sessions, Vic has given me a huge amount of confidence in every aspect of recording my debut podcast. From thinking about the 'why', to how to interview and using the tech. There's a lot to it and Vic has made it all very accessible to me (and I'm quite a technophone!). She has bags of enthusiasm and ideas - which has made her a pleasure to work with.
Katya Willems - Director - Easy Insta MCR
I really enjoyed Vic's podcasting workshop. I went from thinking they were irrelevant to having a list of 11 podcasts we could start off with!
We are launching a blog for our charity and we’ll now trial podcasts. The session really helped me come up with ideas as well as learning about the practicalities.
Hannah McCowen - Fundraising and Communications Manager, Local Solutions
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, Podcast.co
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
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, Manchester 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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