Our human arts approach to leadership catalyses fresh thinking, unlocks new solutions and builds trust and innovation within leadership teams and among the people they work with. Tried and tested methods are brought in alongside a bespoke approach for each client and programmes are designed to stretch and challenge senior people in dynamic and memorable ways with lasting and sutainable impact.


We work closely with organisations across sectors bringing our unique methods to make a difference in areas such as talent development, performance, culture and change. Engagements range from one-off commissions to collaborate and provide creative input alongside in-house programmes through to year-long residencies and on-going relationships over many years.


Our capacity to design creative process and programmes, to navigate change and to uncover distinctive approaches and new solutions across diverse fields of work is at the heart of our offer as consultants. Coming alongside the needs of organisations and initiatives tasked with big challenges we act as critical friends enabling the people at the helm to design their own unexpected pathway.



We have worked within cities and regions and across networks using creative facilitation as a powerful tool for bringing disparate parties together and generating cohesion and shared sense of mission. Operating sometimes as on the ground activators, at others as conceptual leaders of high level process we are able to bring about powerful identities for places and the diverse people who live and work there.





It’s been great fun and a thoroughly  worthwhile investment of time and money. Thanks for making it happen. I want there to be a City Leaders Forum in my next job!!! – Janette Powell – Social Finance

Thank you for a great day yesterday – it was interesting, engaging, inspiring and a lot more. – Monica Dyer, Herts University

It’s been a wonderful and enlightening experience to be part of the forum and to have worked with you and your colleagues to discover whole new ways of working, thinking and being. – James McCulloch Nene Park Trust

“The MAP were challenging, inventive, inspiring – they really made a difference.” Chairman, Unilever ICFF UK

“This has been the most significant contribution to our institution’s development of intercultural working.” Professor Helen Higson OBE, Pro-Vice Chancellor – Aston University

“Working with you has been a creative collaboration of the highest order. You have helped us develop a programme which is insightful, stimulating, absolutely aligned with our culture and truly unique.” Caryn Solomon, Head of Organisational Development, Investec

“These two days have reminded me that we, as headteachers, are so focused on results and the curriculum that we have stifled not only our own creativity but that of others in our schools. It’s now shouting to be let out!” Head Teacher, Primary sector

“The programme was superb. I was extremely impressed by The Map and their design and delivery of the course. The facilitators created a learning environment that was challenging but calm, warm but totally focussed and I feel inspired to take what I’ve learnt back into my practice.” Creative practitioner

From Aston:

  • I learn that listening to other people’s ideas it can improve my project and imagination doesn’t have limits. Be more attentive when judging people and always ask yourself WHY?
  • Realised that imagination art and creativeness have really a lot to do with business.
  • People can look at things in completely different ways. I will try to focus on WHY it’s different and not just focus on the fact that it is different.
  • I thought that leading is providing the idea which the team will work on. It is NOT! Leading is making others say their own ideas. I will look whether everybody in my group has had their say.
  • I have become more aware of how culture and past experience help shape a person and their ideas and decisions.

You spoke with such passion and enthusiasm, and you really helped advocate the value of business partnership with the Arts. – Chief Executive, Arts & Business Northern Ireland

Our Team



Fiona Lesley

  • Theatre Practitioner
  • Poet
  • Artist-Trainer

Chris Higgins

  • Theatre Practitioner
  • Singer 
  • Artist Facilitator

Associate Directors

Em Whitfield Brooks

  • Singer
  • Composer
  • Performance Director 

Joe Moran

  • Choreographer
  • Educator 
  • Artist Director


  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Creative Training 

Michael Shaeffer

  • Actor
  • Artist Facilitator
  • Creative Practitioner

Martin Gent

  • Theatre Practitioner
  • Visual Artist
  • Training Designer & Facilitator

John Lightbody

  • Actor
  • Voice Over Artist
  • Creative Facilitator

Karen Da Silva

  • Dancer/Choreographer
  • University Lecturer 
  • Creative Learning Facilitator


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