Creswell Crags Museum
a RIBA Building of the Year 2011

News 2018-06-18T12:22:41+00:00

I’m currently working with this regimental museum which occupies an 1805 armoury building in the mid-Wales town of Brecon.

HLF awarded them a Resilience grant to work with me to update their Board and improve their performance in order for them to apply for a capital grant to re-develop the museum.

A very traditional museum with a traditional approach to governance, they were aware of HLF’s guidance to applicants to improve their leadership before applying for capital funds.

Based on her wide experience, Hilary was very clear sighted right from the beginning about where we should be going and how to get there.  She has a focus on pragmatism which suits us very well as she identified our problems and then guided us towards solutions.  The workshops she creates are stimulating and she delivered them with masterly self control when the going got sticky. We have made great progress with her and we are very grateful.

Major General James Swift

Colours of the 1st Bn The Loyal Brecknock Infantry,
dating between 1803 and 1808

I initially met what was called the Executive Committee as the full Board only met once a year.  The Board has now slimmed down, making room for new Trustees, and we are working through an agreed programme.  This has focused on getting the Board fit for purpose and modernised, looking at recruiting new Trustees and examining the skills they need in the future for the potential HLF development and for fundraising.  We are drawing up a Succession Plan and looking at how managing a major capital project could impact on the Board.  The Museum needs to increase its staffing as there is no capacity to cope with  such a major project.

Despite the size of the task, all the Trustees are wholeheartedly behind this project and they are a stimulating client.


I’m currently working as an Associate of Britton McGrath, the strategic management consultants, with whom I have worked before.  It is stimulating to work with Jill Britton and Nancy McGrath.  We are helping English Heritage to create a Masterplan for the site of Stonehenge.  I am leading on the consultation with heritage stakeholders and the curatorial staff of EH.

The older waterwheel


Churchill Forge is one of the last working water-powered forge mills in Britain and is described by Historic England as an important industrial survivor and an asset of national importance.  The Bache family has owned the site since 1796.

Churchill Forge mill pond

The site is a large one comprising the Grade II listed North & South Mill buildings, the Mill building and the Hand Forge, with a Scheduled Ancient Monument of an earth dam and mill pond, potentially dating from the 13th or 14th century, surrounded by a steep grassy hillside. The forge produced metal tools: spades, shovels, forks, rakes, hoes and ladles, which by 1960 were the main product, used in the Stourbridge glass industry.

An HLF Resilience grant is helping Helen Harvie (see Associates page) and me to work with them to carry out a governance review and look at options for their future.

My clients say…

“It’s great having you come back into our lives periodically
as you understand us so completely and draw together
what we said/did in the past with what we need to do in the future.
And I’ve enjoyed today.”
Nikki Grange,
Rugby Art Gallery & Museum