Ellen O'Hara

Ellen O’Hara is an independent coach and consultant in creative and cultural enterprise with 18 years experience spanning the private, public and third sectors. She has designed and delivered enterprise and business development programmes for Nesta and Arts Council England (Digital Arts & Culture Accelerator), Innovate UK (Enterprise Skills for grantees), British Council, and Creative United. Ellen delivers coaching, consultancy and training in business model innovation, income diversification, impact measurement, and access to alternative finance. Ellen previously held roles School for Startuos, award-winning craft incubator Cockpit Arts, the Prince's Trust and Arts Council England; she began her career in management consultancy at Arthur Andersen. Ellen is a published researcher, SFEDI accredited coach, holds a degree in Economics & Econometrics from the University of Birmingham and a postgraduate diploma in Administrative Management. She sits on the board of regional theatre company Little Earthquake and is also co-founder and editor at City Writers Room, a place for writing about people, places and ideas on the theme of city. She works internationally and is based in the Derbyshire Dales, UK.

How the Fellowship impacted me

My fellowship gave me the foundation and drive to branch out as an indepenent, with a level of confidence, clarity and focus that I didn't have before.

How I am using my skills for change

I love working with people and organisations to find ways of scaling social impact through arts, culture and creativity.