About

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Matt Carwardine-Palmer is a marketing & communications freelancer and consultant with 23+ years experience within the cultural sector.

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From 2016-21, Matt was Director of Marketing and Sales at Welsh National Opera, a senior management position with collective responsibility for strategic planning and leadership for the organisation.

Between 2006-16 Matt worked as a freelancer and consultant with a wide range of clients, from small companies to flagship organisations, county-wide consortia and artform development agencies, delivering both strategic and tactical support. He was also Course Director for UK Theatre’s ‘Druidstone’ Essentials of Marketing residential course in 2010 and 2011.

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Matt started his career as Marketing Manager with Arts Marketing Hampshire (1998-2000). He then gained senior management experience as Head of Marketing | Marketing Director at HST Theatres (Wycombe Swan & Wyvern Theatre), and as Head of Marketing at Bristol Old Vic before becoming self-employed in late 2006.

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Matt holds a First Class Honours degree in Arts Management and Chartered Marketer status with the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Find out about Matt’s qualifications

Matt was a Trustee of Audiences South West (2006-09) and Sinfonia Cymru (2014-19). He has also been a National Advisor to the Arts Council of Wales (2012-15).