Arts Impact Assessment

Speaker biographies

A range of speakers and guests took part in our meetings and the seminar.

Tim Joss was appointed Director of the Rayne Foundation in 2005. Previously he was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Bath Festivals, Bournemouth Orchestras’ Senior Manager, an Arts Council Music & Dance Officer and Assistant Administrator of Live Music Now. He is a board member of the Richard Feilden Foundation. Other activities have included Chairman of the British Arts Festivals Association. He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Tim Joss, Director,

The Rayne Foundation

Marina Svistak, Consultant,  Measurement & Evaluation, New Philanthropy Capital

Marina works in the NPC Measurement & Evaluation team and helps charities and funders to understand and improve their impact. Working across multiple areas, she helps them to build impact maps and find a meaningful set of outcomes that can be measured. She specialises in economic analysis (return on investment), and is also closely involved in the Shared Measurement project, a part of the Inspiring Impact programme that aims to embed impact measurement across the UK charity sector by 2022. Before joining NPC in 2012, Marina worked in the Investment Team at Impetus Trust across several different initiatives, including early years and youth re-offending. She also spent over 5 years working in investment banking and business development in London. Marina has a special interest in the arts as a medium for social change, and has conducted evaluations for arts projects.

As a development researcher Kieron is focused on understanding and maximising the value of the Trust's investments. He is particularly interested in developing innovative and effective approaches to evaluation, and understanding just what 'impact' really means for everyone involved. Kieron brings a diverse range of experiences to his work at Nominet Trust. Before joining the Trust, Kieron worked as a learning researcher for Futurelab where he developed a number of digital projects which included work on game-based learning and young people's rights and entitlements.


Before this, he developed and delivered education programmes as Practitioner-in-Residence for Shakespeare's Globe, ran cognitive behavioural programmes for adult and young adult offenders with the National Probation Service, and undertook research in India as part of his MA which explored Theatre as a methodology for social change. But his real passion is magic. Kieron is a member of the magic circle and he was recently an assistant stage manager for Derren Brown on his UK tour. Click here to read his blog on the Nominet Trust site.

Kieron Kirkland, Development Research, The Nominet Trust

Yvonne has 10 years experience working the creative industries and five years' specialist experience, designing and delivering innovative arts and health projects within the NHS and community settings. Prior to setting up Breathe, Yvonne worked as Performing Arts Manager at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity (GSTC), the largest NHS Charity in the UK, and in a variety of roles for the BBC and ITV. Yvonne has gained both national and international recognition for her work in the arts and health sector and has received two award nominations for making an outstanding contribution to healthcare across Guy’s and Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She has had articles published in health journals, papers accepted at conferences nationally and internationally and has had her work featured in a number of television and radio broadcasts locally and nationally.

Tim spoke at Meeting 3 and at the seminar.

Marina spoke at Meeting 3.

Kieron spoke at Meeting 4.

Yvonne Farquharson, Managing Director, Breathe Arts Health Research

Yvonne spoke at the seminar.

Douglas Lonie, Research and Evaluation Manager, National Foundation for Youth Music

The National Foundation for Youth Music (Youth Music) is the UK’s largest children’s music charity and funds music-making for around 90,000 children and young people each year, focusing specifically on those with least opportunity.  Dr Douglas Lonie is responsible for conducting and commissioning research and programme evaluations covering every aspect of Youth Music's work. Prior to joining Youth Music, Dougie was based at the Medical Research Council in Glasgow, where he completed his doctoral studies exploring how music affects young people’s health.  Dougie also teaches Social Research Methods and Sociology of Music, publishes regularly in journals, blogs and sector press, and has experience of research methodologies across a broad range of music education projects.    

Dougie spoke at Meeting 2.

Elizabeth Crump

What Next? and the Cultural Learning Alliance

Elizabeth works right across the arts and cultural sector leading projects with all sorts of different people; from large-scale strategic agencies and major cultural venues, to very small organisations, individuals and artists. She specialises in being the strategic glue between the public sector, politics, culture, arts and learning professionals and in finding new ways for people to work together, share expertise, express opinions and make change. In her day-to-day work she drafts policy positions, advises on implementation, supports advocacy, structures collective action, builds relationships and tries to champion collegiate thinking.

Elizabeth spoke at Meeting 2.

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David leads a specialist unit within the Research & Consulting team and spends his time helping charities and funders understand and improve their impact. He is adept at helping charities to find simple, realistic ways to measure their impact, even where their activities and services are complex. He has worked on a wide variety of projects, including Unlocking value, a report on the arts and criminal justice, and shared measurement projects as part of NPC’s role as a strategic partner of the Office for Civil Society. David is an economist with more than 15 years’ experience in the non-profit and public sectors in the UK and the US.’

David Pritchard, Head of Measurement and Evaluation, New Philanthropy Capital

David spoke at the seminar.