A long-time resident of Blackpool, Catherine specialises in organising and coproducing events and projects that strengthen engagement between marginalised communities, local history and the arts. She also leads on the volunteer-run online magazine Blackpool Social Club which keeps people on the Fylde Coast up to date with hyperlocal arts, culture and heritage news.
As programmer of the Winter Gardens Film Festival, which showcases the best of classic and contemporary black and white film in the historic setting of Blackpool Winter Gardens, Catherine co-produces film and heritage events with Blackpool-based students, volunteers and community groups.
Currently both a Trustee of Voluntary Arts and a Creative Programmer at The Harris, a Museum, Library and Art Gallery situated in the heart of Preston, Catherine plans activities that encourage people to explore their creativity as well as the Harris’ extensive collections. She loves connecting with residents, artists and academics to explore ways to welcome, inspire and challenge visitors and communities.
Previously Catherine spent 10 years at Blackpool Council as Equality and Community Engagement Officer, working with marginalised communities to improve policy, service access and employment opportunity issues.