Our Team

Martin Barden, Director

Martin established Culture Consultants Ltd in 2012. He previously held senior roles at Tate, the Royal Albert Hall, and Sadler’s Wells in London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. 

He has directed and developed complex membership and ticketing operations, sponsorship and philanthropy programmes, retail and catering contracts. During a decade at Tate he led Tate Members to become Europe’s largest venue-based loyalty scheme. 

At the heart of his work is the development of effective customer relationship management programmes to create structured supporter journeys with continual revenue generating impact.

Martin has presented his vision and professional experiences at multiple international conferences, including in London, Amsterdam, Madrid, Edinburgh, Vienna, Dublin, Sydney and Canberra.

Nicole Newman, Associate Consultant

Following more than twenty years in senior fundraising roles in major arts organisations, Nicole established her fundraising consultancy in 2016. As Development Director at English National Ballet, English National Opera and Somerset House Trust she transformed revenue and capital fundraising. She also led corporate fundraising at the V&A and Tate, introducing many of the partnership models that still exist today. Her expertise combines strategic advice on culture change with practical support around feasibility, planning and delivery including case for support development and prospect identification. She runs training programmes internationally and provides leadership mentoring for cultural leaders and development teams.

Ray Cansick, Project Manager & IT Consultant

Ray is a chartered accountant by background and worked for EY (Ernst & Young) for 28 years, initially as an accountant but then in various IT management and leadership roles, working at the global level for 15 years. He has extensive experience managing programmes and projects, and also leading teams of project managers and business analysts, and being a member of project boards. More recently Ray has provided consultancy services to a number of not-for-profit organisations including the implementation of a CRM solution, new accounting software, an organisation-wide IT/IS review, IT/IS strategy development, the implementation of short term improvements and a new strategic software solution.

Frank Howarth, Associate, Australia

Frank has extensive experience in the cultural and environment sectors, and previously in industry, technology and transport policy.
Frank was Director of the Australia Museum (Sydney), and Director of the Sydney Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. He also helped to establish the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation.

He has particular strengths in building audiences and participation for culture, science, recreation and leisure organisations, and in the strategy of cultural place and precinct making in towns and cities. He has worked to achieve organisational change to be more relevant, productive and sustainable, including building new audiences and wider community engagement. Frank has guided organisations through changing funding sources, including commercial, sponsorship and philanthropic revenue streams.

Clockwise: Martin Barden, Nicole Newman, Frank Howarth and Ray Cansick