Meet the Team

Meet the Team

STAR CIC works with a team of experienced and trusted associates all of whom have a proven track record and are experts in their fields. The majority of the team have worked together on the highly successful London Cultural Improvement Programme. We are able to put together high performing teams to support your individual requirements.

Sue Thiedeman

Sue Thiedeman

Sue Thiedeman, Director of STAR cic and former Director of the London Cultural Improvement Programme is a dynamic, confident and inspirational leader that gives clear direction, motivates and encourages trust and respect with particular expertise in building strong and effective partnerships and a proven track record of delivering improvement and innovation through organisational and people development.

Sue has considerable experience in leading Local Authority cultural services and complex programmes. When not working Sue likes nothing better than riding her horse around the Hertfordshire countryside.

Tina Morton

Tina Morton

Tina Morton is an experienced manager in the heritage/cultural sector, professional archivist and Prince II qualified project manager.

She has worked in the heritage and cultural sector for over a decade starting in archives and expanding into libraries, museums and wider cultural services.

As a highly-motivated, results-orientated manager, she has extensive knowledge cross the UK archival sector and wider UK Culture and Heritage.

She has a proven track record of both people and programme/project management in local and central government. She has a wide range of experience which includes advocating and responding to the demands of a variety of stakeholders, programme/project delivery and evaluation.

Tina has worked for The National Archives, The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and the London Borough of Brent. As Programme Manager for the London Cultural Improvement Programme Tina honed a range of skills whilst managing a large and complex programme involving line management of staff, budget control, fundraising and co-ordination of 12 projects. Complex evaluation, performance monitoring and stakeholder management were key to this role

Outside of work Tina enjoys both badminton and yoga and has a passion for cooking and likes to share this by entertaining friends with a meal.

Andrew Holden

Andrew Holden

Andrew Holden’s work covers a wide range of development support and strategic advice to cultural organisations across the voluntary and public sectors, on governance and business development as well as fundraising strategy, campaigns and capital projects.

Current and recent clients include Arcangelo, one of Europe’s most exciting new ensembles, Cheltenham Borough Council and Handel House Museum.

For five years he led the development agency for museums, libraries and archives in London, during which time he worked with Sue Thiedeman to develop and deliver the London Cultural Improvement Programme, securing over £2m investment in local authority cultural services.

On a Saturday morning he can be found at the Foundling Museum playing the orbo with the London Community Baroque Orchestra.

Sam Cairns

Sam Cairns

Sam Cairns is an expert in cultural learning practice and evidence. She has worked in the arts and culture sector for over a decade starting in museum education and expanding into libraries, archives and then the arts.  She brings to projects an overarching understanding of cultural, education and local government policy, coupled with a practical understanding of how to deliver and evaluate high quality engagement with audiences.

Key skills are relationship building and consultation with audiences. She is an experienced evaluator and project manager, and has extensive networks in to London museums and local authorities.

Sam has worked for the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, the Wellcome Trust and Imperial War Museum. She currently manages the Cultural Learning Alliance (www.culturallearningalliance.org.uk) and leads the Challenging History network (www.city.ac.uk/cpm/challenginghistory). Recent work includes content for the NIACE Craftworks website on opportunities for makers to build their skills through museums, interim evaluation of the Tate HLF funded Skills for the Future programme and opportunities mapping of London Local Authorities for the London Children's Museum.

Sam is currently brushing up on her Lindy Hop and 1940s hair and make up skills ready for two tea dances she is running next summer as part of an HLF All Our Stories reminiscence project for her church in Deptford.

Nicky Boyd

Nicky Boyd

Nicky Boyd is an experienced audience research and evaluation consultant. Her clients include local authority, independent and national museums and galleries, heritage and environmental organisations.

Prior to work as a consultant she was the manager of the Livesey Museum for Children and Exhibition Project Manager for the British Film Institute at the Museum of the Moving Image. She was Chair of the Visitor Studies Group from 2006-2008 and is currently a committee member of the London Museums Group.

Steve Wood

Steve Wood

Steve Wood is a popular and engaging Organisational & Personal Coach and NLP Practitioner with 17-year track record helping people & organisations achieve tangible behaviour change leading to enhanced outcomes. He specialises in achieving this change through a unique fusion of:

  • Behavioural change & communication psychology
  • Organisational improvement techniques (e.g. Business Excellence, Lean, etc)
  • System thinking

Over the last 17 years Steve has worked with hundreds of organisations & individuals to create sustainable improvement & behaviour change. His clients have included many different types of organisations, including multi-national corporations (e.g. Everything Everywhere & BMW), public sector bodies (e.g. the City of London Corporation & the London Cultural improvement Partnership) and small volunteer-led bodies (e.g. National Disability Sport Organisations & local history museums). He has also built up an international Personal Coaching client base.

Steve has played a significant role in the development & implementation of formal improvement initiatives, especially within the culture, sport & green space sectors, including Quest, TAES & CSIT. He is the founder of the 'New World Leadership Skills Gym' - a unique approach to leadership skill development & behaviour change designed to achieve tangible results in a convenient & cost effective way.

Steve has unique expertise in, and is a passionate advocate for,  Peer-Supported Improvement. He led the initial development of these tools on behalf of the IDeA and leads the learning & development programmes for culture, sport & green space networks.

He also works as an actor & improvisational artist and is the co-founder of The Gallimaufry Partnership: an organisation providing original corporate theatre and interactive entertainment.

Louise Ray

Louise Ray

Louise is an experienced manager within the cultural sector with a demonstrable track record in developing improvement and capacity-building programmes, devising and delivering training, and in research and evaluation.

She is a professional archivist and records manager, who has supported the archive sector to access over £50 million in lottery funding and has developed and managed improvement programmes at both London and national level.

Louise has worked for National Council on Archives, The National Archives, Tate, National Theatre and the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is currently Honorary Lecturer at University College London’s Department of Information Studies and is editing a forthcoming publication on ‘Management Skills for Archivists and Records Managers’.

She is the founder convenor of the Archives & Records Association Volunteering sub-committee, responsible for creating the ARA Volunteering Award and volunteer co-ordinators network, and managed the Archive Pace Setters programme.

Louise is often to be found attending London’s theatres and was until recently a Trustee of the Mander & Mitchenson Theatre Collection.