Case Studies

Rubicon Dance & Blake Morgan

The Arts Organisation 

Rubicon Dance

The Development Need

To broaden the Board’s business expertise, specifically to include Change Management, and develop Rubicon’s network within the business community.

The Adviser

Gemma Barnett, Business Development Manager at Blake Morgan.

The Development Need

Having trained as a dancer, Gemma wished to apply the experience from her corporate career to help the arts sector, get an insight into how a different organisation operates and gain governance experience.

The Result

For Rubicon:

  • Gemma has used her network to introduce Rubicon representatives to many opinion formers at events such as Cardiff Breakfast Club, which she helps to organise
  • Gemma is also leading on the business change aspects of Rubicon's strategy, using her extensive experience of mergers and acquistions
  • A hugely active Trustee and Vice Chair, who has helped galvanise the rest of the Board

For Gemma:

  • Great satisfaction from providing tangible and timely support to Rubicon, and seeing the impact of her advice
  • An opportunity to give back to the organisation she danced with as a youngster
  • Hands-on governance experience and developed influencing and negotiation skills

The Endorsement 

Gemma's networking and change management skills have been extremely useful to Rubicon at this stage in our evolution, as we implement our fundraising and business change strategies.  She is always willing to roll us her sleeves and help out and I find her a really helpful sounding board and a great source of personal support to me.  Gemma has boundless energy and has recently taking on the role of Vice Chair as part of our board succession plan.   Kathryn Williams

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