COol gets fit for the future

COoL (Creative Organisations of Liverpool) is the collective of over 30 of the cities most vibrant and diverse arts and cultural organisations. Contributing over £10 million to the local economy and employing upwards of 1000 people in full time, part time and freelance posts COoL is at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural ecology.

Through programmes of art, theatre, dance, writing, film and digital it’s member organisations engage with hundred’s of thousands of local, national and international audience members, community groups, tourists, visitors, students and young people.

COoL organisations provide valuable training, mentoring and apprenticeship opportunities enabling access to professions in the creative industries and are responsible for much of the city’s year round programme of Festival’s and outdoor events, enhancing our quality of life and helping to place Liverpool at the forefront of visitor destinations.

Bev Ayre has recently joined COoL as Development Manager. Bev started work at The Everyman as an assistant stage manager in the 80’s before working in London as a production manager. She developed her commitment to arts and social justice whilst working for Gay Sweatshop,

Theatre Centre and The Women’s Theatre Group as well as working for the Royal Court, National Theatre and English National Opera. She was Director of the Young Women’s Media Project in Liverpool in the early 90’s and Head of Fundraising for the national childcare charity The Children’s Society before becoming Director of Development of Stonewall, the country’s leading LGBT human rights organisation. For the past eleven years Bev has worked as Development Director for Homotopia in Liverpool and as a freelance business development consultant for many arts and social justice organisations.

You can contact Bev by email: or find out more about COoL at

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