Rosa Straw - Managing Director
She started her career at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery where she worked on a designated social history collection of international importance, actively pursued the social inclusion agenda and completed training in marketing, audience development, research and evaluation.
She also served as a board member on East Brighton's regeneration scheme which was part of the government's New Deal for Communities initiative. Her role as a resident member was to represent the views of the wider communities, and her neighbours to the board.
She secured a first class degree in History with Sociology and studied at both Sussex University and the University of Derby; a key interest and area of research was the role of women during the 1984-5 British Miners Strike.
She worked as a consultant curator for a small independent museum in Derbyshire where she focused on audience development and building links with the community, including securing funding to run an digital intergenerational oral history project. As part of this project she interviewed the oldest man in Britain aged 108 and found out his favourite food was parsnips.
She is a creative thinker.
She is a voluntary director for MODES 'the most popular collections management system in British Museums' with a focus on marketing and organisational development.
She believes music is a powerful force to unite communities and engage young people. To this end she worked with a young artist in Derby to set up Derby Music Jam; a fresh initiative to promote unity through music and bring young people together in the city.
She has managed staff, academic students, volunteers and serving prisoners within the work place. She works well with others.
She is approachable. She is bold. She loves history. She has vision.