Curriculum Vitae

Full Name:                                         Ms Sadie Emma Newman
Occupation:                                      Operations Manager
E-mail Address:                     
Date of Birth:                                     26/09/77

Personal Profile and Key Skills:
I am a Freelance General Manager and Producer with over 15 years’ experience of working in administration and operations in the arts and cultural sector specialising in Festival Administration, funding and audience development. I am highly organised and deliver excellent standards in the smooth running of a business.

In the field of administration, I have experience of setting up and implementing office systems and processes, including HR and Recruitment, development of policy documents, staff handbooks, staff contracts (permanent and freelance) business planning/strategy, interviewing fundraising and project coordination. I am respected for my ability to solve problems and meet deadlines. I am seeking freelance opportunities including maternity cover and short-term part-time positions.


January 2016 – March 2016                                                                                    Freelance Producer: Between The Two

  • Successful funding bid
  • Supported devising process, scheduling, rehearsal booking and contracting of artists
  • Financial administration and evaluation report, documentation with a view to larger bid and national tour Spring 2017

April 2012 – Present
Freelance General Manager

  • I support the governance of BE Festival CIC ensuring they meet regularly and are effectively informed and assist in board development.
  • I oversee the contracting of artists and freelance staff ensuring the company and its staff are legally compliant and protected.
  • I manage all the financial processes for the company and assist in the writing of fundraising bids
  • I assist the Festival’s Artistic Directors in the long-term strategic and business planning process for the Festival.
  • I act as company manager throughout the festival period, liaising with arts venues, artists, suppliers and staff including booking transport, accommodation.

October 2014 – April 2015
On The Edge ASSITEJ                                                                    
Freelance Development Officer

  • I supported the coordination and management of international applications to the On The Edge Festival
  • Attended and minuted steering group meetings
  • Implemented the website and administration
  • Secured over £260,000 in funds for the festival including £150,000 from Arts Council England, £20,000 from The Foyle Foundation, £40,000 from BCC Promise Fund, £50,000 BCC Major Events Fund and £2000 from The John Feeney Charitable Trust.

November 2011 – Present
Fierce! Festival                                                                                
Freelance General Manager

  • I support the governance of Fierce ensuring the board meet regularly and are effectively informed.
  • I oversee the contracting of artists and freelance staff ensuring the company and its staff are legally compliant and protected.
  • I recruited, managed and scheduled the volunteers for the 2013 festival.

August 2013 – September 2014
Creative Shift                                                                           Freelance Administration

Administration support and project management working with Helga Henry.

January/February 2013 and March 2014                                                       Birmingham REP                                                                  Freelance Administration
Administration support for the Arts Team and Assistant Producer & Learning and Participation Team.

 March 2012
Theatre Writing Partnership, Nottingham                                                                         Consultant

1 day consultancy advising on administration and processes for company closure.

 November 2011 – May 2012
Arts Centre (Maternity Cover)
Education Administrator

  • I managed schools bookings for workshops and events ensuring activities were marketed, organised and those attending informed and briefed.
  • I assisted in the project management of the Boys Dancing and Start with Dance projects liaising with schools and community and arts venues to book workshop lead activities that took place within and outside core school hours and liaised with visiting companies and artists.
  • I managed and arranged the work experience placements ensuring they experienced all aspects of the centre from Front of House to technical.
  • I kept up-to-date records of yearly figures of attendance at events and performances.  

January 2007 – September 2011
Bright Space (previously: Creative Partnerships Birmingham)
Operations Manager

  • During the transition from Arts Council England to an independent delivery organisation I led the company incorporation, managed the office move and the setting up of new Bright Space HR and operations systems and procedures within a 3 month period: January 2008 with Bright Space was fully operational on 1 April 2008.
  • Through my effective governance of the company as Company Secretary, the board were effective, informed and met regularly.
  • During the incorporation of Bright Space I managed the communications strategy of the company, including the commissioning/tendering, management and implementation of the website, writing and updating of content and case studies and the database, in order in terms of brand and impact.
  • I oversaw the Operations and HR functions of the company – devising and managing a full complement of HR, Legal and office policies, including recruitment procedures, advertising and selection, contracting of permanent and freelance staff, my in house provision of this function was more cost effective for the company, as well as being diplomatic, perceptive and fair in my approach.
  • I supervised a budget of up to £1.4 million which meant the company has had good cash-flow, remained on project targets and that contracted payments were more efficient and secure.

May 2006 – December 2006
Fierce Earth / Fierce! Festival
roject Coordinator

  • I strongly supported the Creative Learning Manager in the delivery of a large scale outdoor project called FEED ME resulting in a sit down meal on an allotment for 200 people.  My solid organisation skills and anticipation of requirements meant the event ran smoothly and was a great success for the company and less demanding for the manager.
  • I recruited and managed a team of 15 volunteers – this ensured the successful running of the event.
  • I delivered this role while also supporting the ACE decibel showcase therefore requiring me to have excellent time management and prioritisation skills.
  • I provided support and coordination in the delivery of artist surgeries and 1-2-1 meetings resulting in better applications and smoother application process.

October 2003 –April 2006.
The Public Ltd, West Bromwich.
Arts and Business Development Officer

  • I provided the co-ordination and centralised communication of the disparate, multi-location arts programme which resulted in better overview across the company and improved project planning and tracking from team to team.
  • My high level administrative support for and across the Programme and Business groups meant that the senior management team were well informed and could focus more time on objectives, than spent in meetings.
  • I provided PA support to the Creative Director, who became more obtainable within the company following my appointment.

January 2002 – October 2003.
Birmingham Arts Marketing (now Audiences Central), Birmingham.
PA/Office Coordinator

  • My daily management of the office, including implementation of new processes and monitoring systems, lead to a successful development and revision of the company personnel handbook and policies and more streamlined recruitment.
  • My governance support resulted in improved documenting of the company board(s) which passed charity commission inspection.
  • I helped run and co-ordinate events organised by the company such as Birmingham ArtsFest.

November 2000- January 2002.
Royal Society of Prevention Accidents, (RoSPA), Birmingham.
Theatre Administrator

  • My excellent organisational planning and implementation of booking for a National Theatre in Education tour meant practitioners arrived at venues on time, the full complement of performances were fully booked deeming it a success.
  • Through my evaluation interviews, focus groups and school visits a report was submitted to the sponsor resulting in an extension to the original 3 year sponsorship for a fourth year and a research and development study commission.


University of Sheffield – BA Honours American Studies 2:2, 1996-2000

Barr Beacon School – Walsall, West Midlands 1989-1996
4 A’ levels: English Literature (A), History (A), Geography (C), General Studies (C)
10 GCSE’s: (Grades A-C) including English and Maths

May 10            Cultural Leadership Facilitation Skills – Accredited Action Learning Facilitator
Sept 09            Sage 50 Accounts Stage 2
Sept 09            Equality and Diversity Training
June 07           Child Protection Training
Nov  05           Equality and Diversity Training: Policy and Practice
June 05           Risk Assessment Training. 1st Response
Sept 04            Director as Strategic Leader. Cranfield University (6 month course)
Sept 03            Personnel for Non-Personnel Specialists – Gill Taylor, Directory of Social Change
June 03           Microsoft Access and Excel Training –Janet Baker Personal Training
June 02           Minute Taking – 1 Day. West Midlands Local Government Assoc.

References available on request.

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