Rosi is responsible for providing organisational leadership and overseeing day to day business operations. Working closely with the Board of Trustees, Rosi leads on the strategic direction of IVE, with the help of the senior management team.
Rosi has clocked up thirty years’ of work experience. More than fifteen of those years were spent in further and higher education; designing HE curriculum and lecturing in the principles of design, the creative process and related critical studies to mainly undergraduates. Rosi has since held senior management positions in a number of arts and education organisations and within Cultural heritage and tourism. Although referring to herself as a ‘designer by nature and by trade’ Rosi’s MPhil thesis The Art of Survival took the idea of design-thinking into new realms and focused on how community participation in the creative process can affect behavioural change. A theme that stuck throughout Rosi’s career, applying it in different contexts. In 2008 whilst working in the strategic partnerships office at Hull University, Rosi convened a North of England conference at the Sage Gateshead entitled ‘Creativity – A Skill for Life?’ publishing a paper of the same name alongside in the Times Educational Supplement. Rosi arrived at IVE in June 2016 taking over the reins from the organisations retiring founder Pat Cochrane.
Rosi’s other qualifications include an HND in Interior Design a BA (Hons) in Museum & Exhibition Design, a Certificate in Post Compulsory Education, a Higher Education Teaching Certificate and NVQ Assessor Training Qualifications.
Outside of the day job Rosi is into property development and currently has three separate projects on the go. She enjoys ‘open water’ swimming (sometimes spotted in a wetsuit on the beach at Hunmanby Gap on the East coast of Yorkshire), veg gardening and (responsible) green-laning in a bright red Wrangler Jeep that she refers to as the ‘Fire Engine’. Rosi lives on a farm in North Yorkshire with partner Antony, a pack of Siberian Huskies and Tig the Jack Russell.
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