About Vic Elizabeth Turnbull
An invisible force in the North and beyond; Vic works tirelessly to enable folk to achieve their dreams and ambitions, whatever their background.
Vic 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 and raw talent as routes to success – with a big, fat passion for social mobility and capital, and in turn it’s incredible strength to break down all sorts of barriers, from education and employment, to success in certain industries (oh, hello creative / arts / media world!). 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.
Originally and proudly from Sheffield, Vic decided that after her GCSE’s, she was done with the formalities of education, and went down a more vocational route, from a National Diploma in Media Production at College, to then graduating with HND in the same subject from Salford Uni. Now, this was quite a while ago, mind. It’s her personal journey, that drives her passion for helping people succeed – no matter who they are or where they’ve come from.
Vic’s been an honorary Manc for fifteen years and her now her accent is a hybrid Lancashire / Yorkshire, super Northern one.
Taking things freelance, she now works with SME’s, charities, social enterprises, 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 also audio production – such as creating and producing podcasts. She can also offer DIY education on all of the above for those who want to learn.
Her most recent role was Fundraising and Marketing Manager, as part of the senior management team at UpRising, the UK’s leading, youth leadership development charity. Here she worked on national projects such as, conceiving viral, Register To Vote campaigns for the Cabinet Office, securing top-level, cross-sector backing (Bruntwood, Brother UK, PwC, Grant Thornton, Siemens, Salford Uni, GMCA, Liverpool, Manchester City, Oldham and Trafford Councils, Bank of England…), designing innovative youth development programmes (‘Find Your Power’ outreach, employability training for graduates to find meaningful work…) and contributing to significant fundraising efforts (Big Lottery Fund, Esmée Fairbairn, Young Manchester, setting up online giving systems…).
As UpRising’s North Regional Manager, she also spent eighteen months, building the reputation, reach, support and internal working culture for UpRising North, managing and leading delivery teams and offices in Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City region.
In 2017, her application saw the charity win in the Innovation Category at the inaugural Social Mobility Awards, in addition to the charity being nominated at the Spirit of Manchester and North West Charity Awards.
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…), showcases at impressive locations (Downing Street, House of Commons, Liverpool Biennial, V&A, Urbis, ICA, Second Life (!), Manchester Town Hall, People’s History Museum…) and enabled them to get kick-ass kudos, from the best in the business, including Brian Eno, Boiler Room, Wayne Hemingway, Doc Brown, Tom Dixon, Dame Zaha Hadid, Giles Deacon, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Ian Livingstone, Peter Saville, Badly Drawn Boy and Tim Marlow.
Starting as an intern, her time at NOISE also included a myriad of exciting and pioneering projects, including, for 12 months as the Operations Manager for NOISELAB, Europe’s largest pop-up shop project, designed as a creative ‘street university’ on Manchester’s Market Street. The Manchester City Council-backed project attracted 42,000 visitors, with top creative guests such as Peter Hook, Mr Scruff, Virus Syndicate, Pete Fowler, Pure Evil, Mark Wigan and Jon Burgerman who staged free workshops, talks and masterclasses. The three-storey former shoe shop, also featured a retail space for new creatives, a performance area, an exhibition floor and a cafe that employed young, and out of work, people as part of the Future Jobs Fund scheme (RIP).
Vic also worked on KiosKiosk, an unique, rent and commission-free retail opportunity for new creatives, right outside the Town Hall in London, in partnership with Hemingway Design and the Mayor of London.
She flexed her fundraising skills at NOISE too, helping the charity to secure funding from the likes of the European Commission, Arts Council and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities.
As part of the Charity’s Festival of new creative talent in 2014, she worked with advertising legends Publicis and Bartle Bogle Hegarty for the celebration’s promotions and campaigns, including the set up and hosting of Google Hangout masterclasses with Festival curators including legendary illustrator Gerald Scarfe, fashion designer Giles Deacon and acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Elaine Constantine.
Singing to the massive geek that she is, Vic’s lead the work around NOISE’s innovative, online technology for talent to track and promote their achievements online via the NOISEfestival.com portfolio platform – contributing to the design, functionality and working very closely with lots of web companies.
As part of working with these amazing charities, Vic’s had her fair share of pitching, presenting and promoting their causes to the leaders of this country, including Andy Burnham (then MP for culture), Alistair Darling (as Chancellor of the Exchequer), Jack Straw (then Leader of the House of Commons), Lucy Powell MP and Yvette Cooper MP (as Chief Secretary to the Treasury).
Vic also flies the flag for women in the media. She’s the Director of the independent music website, Silent Radio . Vic joined Silent Radio in 2010 – starting out doing the odd review and interview. She quickly became part of the furniture, and became a founding company director in 2016.
In 2014, she co-Founded, the weekly Silent Radio show, of which she also produces and presents. In 2017, the show joined the roster of founding residents at MCR.Live, a new podcast and radio platform based in Manchester. Other residents include Dave Haslam, Mike Shaft and Jeremy Pritchard (Everything Everything). The Silent Radio show features regularly in the Mixcloud Top 30 Indie & Alternative charts. Live guests have included Maxine Peake, The Wave Pictures, Dutch Uncles, Hot Chip, Slow Club, The Lovely Eggs, Teleman, Brix Smith Start, Sparks, Buzzcocks, Sleaford Mods, Steve Ignorant (Crass), Kiran Leonard, Mark Burgess (The Chameleons), The Bluetones, Pins and The Fat White Family.
The show also features the “Silent Sessions”, which are filmed, live studio performances . The likes of Karima Francis, Micah P Hinson, Marika Hackman and Jarrod Dickenson have all performed.
Her further radio includes a unique documentary for BBC 5Live Drive, exploring the journey of four unemployed young people as they try to find work, whilst matching them with industry mentors. The Production was a co-pro with NOISE and Wise Buddha. Jonathan Wall, 5Live Commissioner, cited the project as one of the ambitious programmes the station had commissioned, since it’s move North. More here
Vic also has international TV Production Management credits under her belt, (BBC, ZDF / Arte, Smithsonian…) with Urban Canyons, a production and distribution company, based in Manchester. This includes ‘Krush on The Drom’ a ground-breaking documentary that followed the lives of a group of young Gypsy and Travellers from West Yorkshire. Vic also worked with the young people to help them to achieve a GCSE equivalent qualification for video production.
A regular panelist on the themes of representation, inclusion, diversity and self promotion, her recent appearances include Off The Record Music Conference’s ‘The Art of Selling Yourself‘, MPA’s Diversity at Work debate, DivaManc‘s ‘Diva’s In Action, Inspiring Women showcase Liverpool Sound City Plus’s Speed Pr Surgery and the Inclusive Growth Unit’s ‘Local Approaches to Improving The Quality of Work’ conference.
She was once invited to be a judge for one of Italy’s biggest new music festivals, staged in Naples. Other judges included Italian TV presenters and music journalists. It was a very random few days indeed.
She dabbles with playing records to people and her first podcast, Tourist, launched in June 2018 – think The Trip vs. Wish You Were Here – with a Northern accent.
Her cat, he’s bloody brilliant.