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Soden - Project Manager - Leicester, England, UK

Liz Soden

Leicester, England, UK


An independent film/digital video maker (director/producer) with community, broadcast, corporate, public sector, club –visuals, pop- video’s and international showings.

Arts Development /Community Consultant and Project Manager, with extensive experience of working within the Public Sector, (Local Authority,) the Voluntary Sector and more recently the Private Sector.

Director of three very different creative/media businesses (Soft Touch Community Arts Ltd, 8 years, Hocus Focus Productions, 18 months, and Daisy b Productions 6 years.) A strong, innovative, versatile, and enterprising approach to work.

Wide experience of all aspects of finance, including fund raising, (identifying new sources of income,) budget management, cost centre management, assessment of grant applications, constructing, reading and analysing budgets and accounts.
Enjoys working in strategic and political frameworks.
Excellent people skills,able to easily motivate and inspire people.

4 years experience of operational management, managing a diverse staff team, Arts Projects, Education Outreach and Workshops.

Part Time Lecturer De Montfort University (Media Industry Management, Arts Management) and visiting lecturer Middlesex University Fine Art.

Researcher and Writer
Always looking for creative new possibilities and ways to do things.


Project Manager

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp

Work History

Director independent filmmaker.

Deliberators Productions

September 2008 - September 2008

Independent film production. The Medea Legacy 30 mins DV film 2010

Director/Producer video production.Creative community consultant.

Daisy b productions

September 2006 - September 2006

Specialising in Digital Video Production. Event documentation, visuals for conferences, training videos.

Forms appropriate partnerships to suit Creative Projects. Also creative community consultancy.Combining over 20 years experience of work within Leicester’s Diverse Communities, targeting disadvantaged groups, with a creative strategic approach to Social Cohesion, and tackling Social...

Part-time Lecturer - Media Industry Management

De Montfort University

October 2004 - June 2006

Prepared lectures, seminars and course content. Marked essays.

Creative Director

Hocus Focus/ Stunning Visuals

September 2004 - September 2005

Key Achievements Setting up, developing business plan and sourcing capital for developing small media Production Company, specialising in cutting edge digital moving image technology and strong contemporary artistic direction in Event Documentation and Club/Bar Visuals. Work includes starting the documentation City Council year round Festivals and Events programme, Summer Sundae at...

Arts development Officer

Leicester City Council

January 1999 - January 2002

Working in partnership with Education, Social Sciences, Health, Housing Associations, the Voluntary Sector, and Sponsors. Key Achievements In 2000 worked as community co-coordinator for BBC Music Live, working directly with the producers. Developed partnerships with local businesses/bars and cafes to support and sponsor the event. Strongly contributed to the Arts and Culture Strategy...


Leicester City Council

January 1995 - January 1999

Managing a diverse staff team, Arts Projects, Education Outreach and Workshops. Included, Fosse Community Video studios, Music, Animation, Ceramics, Printmaking, and General Art Studios, as well as Line Out based at the centre.
Key Achievements
Ran joint project with Education aimed at excluded young people where we tailored particular workshops to meet their needs and worked very much on a...

Community Education Coordinator

Leicester Southfields College

January 1993 - January 1995

Managed the Community Education programme at Southfields College, as well as the under 5's and youth teams working within the youth work curriculum.
Key Achievement
Successfully steered the Community work department in the first year of opting out of local authority control, and a massive culture change, with much resistance to change and new structures. Implemented the introduction of a...

Director/ Film Video / Project Manager

Soft Touch Arts Ltd

January 1985 - January 1993

Director/ Film Video / Project Manager - Soft Touch Arts Ltd. Founder member and Managing Director. Chair of the management committee of Leicester Arts Trust Chair of Line Out Independent Video organisation. Active Member of Leicester Co-operative Development Agency management board. Key Achievements : Working as long-term strategic co-coordinator, established a sustainable community...

Arts Sessional Workshop Leader

Leicester City Council

January 1982 - January 1985

Ran a wide range of community based Arts workshops and projects.


Leicester independent film and video association

January 1982 - January 1985

Founder member, assisted in running film workshop and staging 2 international super 8 film festivals. Independent filmmaker.

Qualifications & Certifications

Master of Arts (distinction)

Loughborough University School of the Arts

BA Hons

Coventry (Lanchester) University


Epsom School of Art

Dorking Grammar School

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