Caroline is an inspiring leader of the arts service within Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (RCT CBC), who constantly and consistently advocates for the value of the arts in improving lives of individuals and communities at every opportunity afforded to and sought out by her.
She has dialogue with and access to the Chief Executive and speaks eloquently at Cabinet level, as well as being able to influence the thinking of her peers and more senior Council officers when it comes to including the arts in their thinking process and utilising them as a means to deliver on different service outcomes.
She has ensured that the arts are recognised and, more importantly considered, within the Council when it comes to meeting corporate aims and objectives e.g. recycling, obtaining Theatre Technician apprenticeships from the Council’s corporate Apprenticeship programme, securing capital investment for essential improvements to theatres, developing the Welsh language customer facing service provision and then on-going achievement of being commissioned, through Welsh Government Families First funding, for youth arts and creative industries provision are all testimony to her unstinting and unwavering effort in such a challenging economic climate.
Caroline is extremely personable and comfortable as a team player and is very good at putting people at ease. All this contributes very well to her adeptness at forming strategic relationships and partnerships within and outside the Council.
As the lead officer for ArtsConnect (the regional collaboration of six local authority arts services in South Wales) Caroline represents both RCT and ArtsConnect at Chief Culture and Leisure Officers Wales (CCLOW, the equivalent to CcLOA).
Caroline is always seeking new ways to secure resources for arts initiatives that contribute to community cohesion and improve individual well-being, for example Forte Music Development Project, as one of the 23 (only) PRS for Music Foundation’s Talent Development Partners and Petra the Penguin, the literacy skills development project in RCT Communities First. In that sense she is able to point to the positive changes that have been made for young people and their families across RCT, in some of the most deprived communities in Wales.
The variety of initiatives and the influence beyond her council boundary make her a strong contender."