Training and workshop delivery
Communications and PR
Equality and diversity
Career Summary Lou is best known as a musician and has a background in community engagement, event management, communications, equality & diversity and managing multi-agency partnerships.
Lou has excellent experience of working with the private and public sector, voluntary and community groups, art, culture, music organisations and regeneration companies and has represented various projects via national media – BBC, ITV, Channel 4. Lou has managed multi-agency and partnership projects including Hull700, Wilberforce 2007, City Image and The Learning Shop, and most recently created and developed the city-wide neighbourhood support network until it became a self sustaining charity. Lou is a songwriter and composer and is currently one half of Rich & Lou’s Loudhailer, vocalist with the Loudhailer Electric Co. and 4ourth4loor electronica project, and bassist with the legendary world fusion band, Celtarabia.
In the early days Lou was the bassist in Red Guitars, recording and touring as a musician in UK and Europe, both independently and with Virgin Records. Set up and managed promotion company (SDM Productions) and music recording studio.
Three Minute Heroes March 2017 Creative writing workshop facilitator in seven schools http://threeminuteheroes.com/
My Words Our Songs 2016 Creative writing workshop facilitator
Songs of Freedom 2015 and 2016 Facilitator in inspirational project supporting young people to challenge issues they are facing through creative writing and music, exploring the positive messages in protest songs. https://loudhailer.net/2015/09/06/lets-find-the-power/
Creative and Cultural Company 2013 – 2016 Chair of the board responsible for art spaces including POP (Pride of Place), HIP (Hull International Photography Gallery), HIPphotoFest and Gateway project.
My Ancestors were French 2012 Devised and managed a Heritage Lottery Funded All Our Stories social history, music and art project in support of BBC2’s ‘The Great British Story – A People’s History’ – ‘My Ancestors were French’ working with school pupils, for Refugee Week and the public. See http://myancestorswerefrench.com/
The Auricula Suite 2012 Composer and storywriter of The Auricula Suite album and concert, inspired by folk tales of the Huguenot refugees’ 16th century journey to England. The album was launched at Calke Abbey (the home of the oldest auricula theatre in England) and is performed with narrative and an exhibition. http://auriculasuite.net/
Sea Dragon Gamelan 2002 and current. Gamelan workshop facilitator, trained with Manchester’s Halle Orchestra Gamelan and played with the Hull Sea Dragon Gamelan Orchestra. Wrote and recorded The Gamelan Heron art film soundtrack. https://loudhailer.net/the-gamelan-heron/
Death Is No Bad Friend 2013 Music partner for USA based women’s collective, Sirens Gaze Productions short film – Death Is No Bad Friend.
Grassroots Free Festival 2000 – 2008 Grass Roots free festival of music art and dance. Part of a team (David Okwsesia, Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard) delivering world class local and world dance music festival annually in Pearson Park and Queens Gardens.
Find out more at https://loudhailer.net/
Loudhailer Creative (April 2015 to present) Music professional, training, community engagement and communications specialist.
Partnership Delivery Officer, Hull Citysafe (December ‘10 to April ‘15) Created, developed and managed registered charity to support neighbourhood groups including communication system and website. Delivered various crime prevention partnership projects.
Equality Business Partner, Hull City Council (December ‘07 – December ‘10) Worked within Hull City Council’s corporate core promoting equality and diversity to drive forward change within the Local Authority, partners and voluntary sector.
Wilberforce 2007 Manager, Hull City Council (October ‘04 – December ‘07) Developed and managed themed partnership groups (Business, Learning, Art and Culture, Sport, Faith, Community) to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade. Managed projects including a major celebration of African culture and learning activity.
Community Manager, Learning Shop, Princes Quay (July ‘01 – Oct ‘04) Marketing, PR and community development for a community learning facility including development and delivery of learning programmes.
Community Brand Manager, CityImage Regeneration (January 2000 – July ‘01) Managed regeneration projects and partnership working groups, facilitating community involvement of city branding programme.
Hull700 Celebrations Manager, Hull City Council (April 1998 – Jan 2000) Managed, developed and delivered the city’s Hull700 regeneration celebrations including staff, budget, funding, events, projects, multi-agency initiatives, community involvement and partnership working groups.
Welfare Rights Officer, CAB and Local Authorities (1991 – 1998) Supervisory officer in specialist advice team, providing service and training to staff, volunteers and the public.
Freelance Artist and Company Director, SDM Productions (1982 – 1991) Recorded and toured as musician in UK and Europe, both independently and with Virgin Records. Set up and managed promotion company and music studio.
Qualifications and Training
- LLB (Hons) Law Degree 2:2
- C&G Stage 2 7307 Teaching Adult Learners 2004
- OND Business Studies Distinction and A Level Law
- Chartered Institute of Marketing Advanced Certificate Customer Interface and Marketing Operations passed 2001
- Cat’s Pyjamas Social Enterprise first prize winner 2003
- PRINCE 2 Foundation Project Management July 2006
- Full clean driving licence.
- Enhanced DBS certificate
- ABRSM Piano Grade 6 and Theory of Music Grade 5 2012
References available on request.