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Holly Smith Charles

Associate Senior Consultant

Hollie Smith-Charles is a cultural leader, fundraiser and business development specialist with 17 years’ experience of working across the arts, heritage and place-making in the  UK.

Hollie’s previous roles include the inaugural Chief Executive of Gloucester Culture Trust, where she set up the charity and worked collaboratively to drive an ambitious, 10-year vision to transform the city through arts and heritage. Hollie managed the 4-year long, £3million ‘Great Place’ programme, alongside the City Council with many partners, developing and delivering new leadership, participation, co-creation, talent development and programming initiatives.
Hollie also developed the Festivals & Events Strategy for Gloucester as well as updating the city’s Cultural Strategy at its halfway point.

Her other roles include senior fundraising positions, responsible for both strategy and delivery, at Birmingham Museums, Cheltenham Festivals and with organisations including Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and Create Gloucestershire.

Hollie recently led the development of place-based strategies, in Worcester and East Devon for FEI. These consultancies included stakeholder engagement, research, strategy development and action/resource planning.

Hollie is a trustee of the Carducci Trust, a music education charity.