All About Us
Tricolor is a heritage development consultancy that provides critical development services for history-related organisations and projects. We’re named after the tricolor flag (pronounced like trickler) because the Tricolor represents change, equality and a new way forward. We are passionate about heritage and in maximising access to it for everyone. We know the barriers to participation and help museums, archives, libraries, castles and other heritage sites and bodies to overcome them.
Tricolor was formed to provide strategic development, research, support and implementation for the heritage and cultural sectors. Our founders and directors have all worked in-house in these sectors, especially heritage visitor attractions, and in their roles as consultants they have worked with a range of heritage organisations around the UK. Our team has been working together since 2004 and in 2009 joined together to form the business now known as Tricolor
We are different because we focus on providing a 360 degree approach to our projects from strategic development and organisational review through to creative delivery, project management, evaluation and impact analysis. We handle strategic as well as project or channel-specific briefs, and we do so at realistic, affordable rates.
We believe that development and genuine returns are based on the principle of great communications that comes from talking to people as people and representing your organisation in a clear, open and understanding way. After all, what is heritage without people, be they staff, stakeholders, volunteers, visitors, trustees or funders.
Whether working with museums or attractions large or small, the common themes to all of our projects are exhaustive research, communication and engagement and this, together with our unique experience, makes Tricolor the perfect partners for your project.
The Tricolor team have unique sector experience having worked both with and for museums and heritage organisations around the UK. Tricolor’s founders have held senior positions at national museums so appreciate the challenges facing the sector today, the quest for best value and making the most of all available resources.
The former Head of Marketing for the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Frank has over twenty years heritage experience, both in-house and as a consultant, of devising and implementing effective marketing, development and fundraising strategies, market research and service appraisal in heritage environments.
Frank, who is Tricolor’s Heritage Lottery Fund project specialist, is an HLF Specialist Mentor used to working with complex multi-partner, multi-stakeholder and multi-user projects and has extensive practical experience of researching and delivering maximum audience engagement. A former archaeologist, Frank also writes on history-related topics with over twenty books in print and has written or edited a great deal of interpretation materials for heritage projects.
Frank also has a wealth of PR experience, has achieved millions of pounds worth of broadcast, print and online coverage for clients around the world and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. A seasoned fundraiser, he believes fundraising is essentially an applied communications challenge and Frank, as a Member of the Institute of Fundraising, leads on all client fundraising activity.
Sarah is a highly experienced development, communications and fundraising professional with director-level experience both agency-side and in-house on both sides of the Atlantic. She has in-depth knowledge of the organisational priorities and processes businesses require to grow successfully, and has created and implemented extensive marketing, business development and communications strategies for a range of clients aimed at a variety of audiences.
A former journalist and graphic designer, Sarah holds an Advanced Certificate in Arts Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She is a full Member of the Institute of Fundraising and recently helped a national disabilities charity develop just under £1 million of income in less than 9 months.
A skilled trainer who is evangelical about communication, Sarah specialises in working as part of in-house teams, helping improve return on investment by establishing efficient processes, developing staff and training them in thinking strategically about outcomes and methods for achieving them. Sarah leads on strategy development and directs Tricolor’s creative output.
Paula is our exhibitions specialist who skillfully interprets clients’ key messaging for the broadest possible audiences. She has over fifteen years’ experience of visitor attractions and can quickly assess the very best means of communicating information. This, coupled with an extensive know-how of production techniques, means Paula knows what is appropriate, possible, what works and just where to get it.
Emilie is a qualified secondary school teacher and as a consultant has helped a number of organisations in the UK and mainland Europe improve their educational participation and involvement of hard to reach audiences. She specialises in developing and managing learning programmes and resources to complement National Curriculum studies.
A former archaeologist specialising in historic buildings, Carolyn has for over twenty years combined her passions for heritage and the built environment. She leads on many of Tricolor’s public consultation programmes and has extensive project management experience. Carolyn has completed a wide range of projects from desktop studies to major public surveys through to planning and delivering a range of construction projects in urban, residential areas and rural locations, bringing significant project management experience to the Tricolor Team.
Elie is a qualified museum professional with an impressive range of curatorial experience. She has managed major projects focusing on learning, collections management and exhibitions. In her present part-time role as Curator of Ely Museum, Elie has worked in collaboration with the British Museum to produce a high profile special exhibition which attracted record crowds to the Museum. Currently Curatorial Advisor to three independent museums, Elie advises them on collections management, storage, exhibitions, learning and income generation. She has supported volunteer teams through successful HLF applications and has an excellent understanding of the Accreditation Standard.