David Williams

Creative Help Ltd


As a co-director of Creative Help, I work with clients who need additional support, usually in an area where there is lack of time or expertise.

Previously a senior manager/chief executive in theatre and dance, I now work more broadly across the third sector. I am also a Trustee of three charities.

As a trained mentor, coach, and facilitator, I always listen first and get to know my clients, helping to clearly delineate the challenges that confront them, and work out how I can most effectively provide support – often, the immediate challenge is the symptom not the cause. For example, staff being overwhelmed with work might be a lack of focus around the company’s purpose resulting in it taking on more and more projects.

The purpose of my support is ultimately to bring clarity of focus to an area of my client’s work – are company policies and procedures fit for purpose?  Is board recruitment open to the most diverse expertise available? Does the business plan make sense to your stakeholders?

I work through a blend of mentoring, facilitation, research, workshops, whatever it takes to support you – I don’t work from templates, I respond to your needs. I find this makes a project more relevant and rewarding for everyone concerned.


  • Scottish Recovery Consortium
  • Capital Theatres, Edinburgh
  • Glasgow Community Food Network
  • Dance House Glasgow
  • Beacon Arts Centre
  • Shetland Arts Development Agency
  • Many Studios Glasgow
  • Moray Arts Centre
  • Sharjah Theatres Group (UAE)
  • Dance Base Edinburgh
  • The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh
  • Mull Theatre / An Tobar Arts Centre


  • 2014 Coaching (Coaching Direct)
  • 2016 Nonviolent Communication (often used in mediation)
  • 2016 Emotional Intelligence
  • 2016 Facilitation (Kinharvie Institute)
  • 2016 National Arts Fundraising School
  • 2017 Senior Leadership Retreat (UK Theatre)
  • 2017 General Data Protection Regulation (Institute of Fundraising workshop)
  • 2017 Organisation sustainability & resilience (TRG Arts workshop)
  • BA (Hons) 2:1 Drama and English - University of Hull


Expertise includes

Leadership, governance and management, organisation development and business planning, change management, budgets, and operations.

Themes include

Developing and implementing recovery/improvement plans; managing and supporting relationships among board and executive members; analysing complex organisation data to avert a crisis.

Freelance with Creative Help

  • Delivering organisation development workshops (usually board/senior staff)
  • Mentoring chief executives
  • Supporting the development of strategic plans
  • Specific, bespoke problem-solving projects


  • Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland
  • Boots and Beards
  • Changing the Chemistry

Senior management:

  • Glasgow Chief Executive (King’s Theatre & Theatre Royal) for the Ambassador Theatre Group
  • Executive Director, Scottish Ballet
  • Administration Manager, English National Ballet
  • General Manager Theatre, Royal Stratford East
  • Theatre Manager, Cambridge Arts Theatre