Tara specialises in research, policy development and urban planning contexts for culture, the creative industries, heritage and the night time economy. She has a strong track record of producing research reports, strategies, policy proposals, business cases, mapping studies, presentations and evaluations.
Tara has worked for broad range of clients globally, including councils, regional and national governments, property developers, research institutions and non-profit organisations. Recent clients include the British Council, the Creative Industries Council, University of Kent, High House Production Park, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Todmorden Learning College and several local authorities for cultural strategy development including Bolton, Lancaster District, Essex and Neath Port Talbot.
Before joining Counterculture, Tara worked for Sound Diplomacy where she consulted on global projects including music strategy development for San Francisco, New Orleans, Belfast and the London Boroughs of Croydon and Haringey, a night-time economy policy for Wembley Park, capital projects such as Backyard Austin, social welfare policy research for artists on behalf of Music Victoria (Australia) and led on a market analysis of music studios in England for DCMS.
Tara holds a MSc in Urban Studies from UCL and a BA (Hons) in Geography from King’s College London where she learnt a broad range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Tara is also a multi-instrumental musician and crafter.