About Caterina

Caterina is an accomplished creative director, cultural strategist, producer and festival director with over 25 years’ experience developing and leading cultural programmes and public engagement campaigns.  She has particular expertise in organisational and festival development, outdoor arts and visual arts commissioning, partnerships and stakeholder management, community engagement and inclusion.  Currently working freelance, her clients include:

  • Milton Keynes Council, bid writing and programme development for Milton Keynes European Capital of Culture 2023.  Currently devising and leading a heritage programme with the City’s skateboarders.
  • City of London, developed and delivered a new outdoor arts programme to replace the City of London Festival. Currently supporting evaluation of their cultural strategy.
  • Qatar 2022, leading workshops with the Qatari cultural sector and developing a framework for World Cup cultural countdown events.
  • House of Commons, establishing and project managing an Artist in Residency programme to explore early Race Relations legislation.

2015,  Caterina directed and delivered a year-long heritage-based public engagement programme at the Houses of Parliament to coincide with the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta – Parliament in the Making. Working with both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, as well as with partners across the United Kingdom, Parliament in the Making reached over 1 million people through 100 events and projects.

Between 2007 – 2012 Caterina led, shaped and supported the South East Cultural Olympiad which included 154 projects and programmes. Projects ranged from grass roots community events to world class commissions and were attended by circa 4 million people. The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and is finale, the London 2012 Festival, formed the largest celebration of arts and culture that the UK has ever seen. Spread over four years, it gave everyone a chance to join in the celebrations as London made good on its bid promise to deliver a UK wide event and ‘Everyone’s Games’.

Initially a director and producer on the London fringe, Caterina began working on festivals in 1997 as director of Piazza Performances at the opening festival of Shakespeare’s Globe. From 1999 to 2002 she was Director of Celebrations at Winchester’s Hat Fair, growing it from a local community event that was ‘at risk’ in to one of the UK’s most significant street arts festivals. After a brief spell in public relations Caterina returned to the world of street arts as Theatre Programmer for the National Theatre’s Watch this Space festival.

Caterina is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Vice Chair of Arts Network Sutton and an Advisory Board Member for the National Paralympic Heritage Trust.