Mel Scaffold

I help people and organisations achieve sustainable, positive change through creative consultancy, facilitation and coaching.

Whether you’re at a crossroads with your work, idea or company, or want to turn that big tangle of possibilities into clear plans, I can provide the thinking and tools to make it happen.

I bring insight, enthusiasm and expertise, helping discover and develop the potential in people and processes.

I’m an independent Creative Consultant with 18 years’ experience in arts and culture. Having run organisations and supported many individuals and companies, I know what it’s like to work in the creative sector; I understand the challenges, opportunities and landscape. I know that sometimes you need a new perspective, approach or injection of inspiration.

Work With Me


I believe in the transformative potential of holding space well, from invitation to evaluation.

Based on your specific needs, challenge or opportunity, I’ll work with you to design an event/workshop/process that will help you generate ideas, strategies and plans.

It might be organisational, strategic or sector development, kickstarting a process or project, or bringing a new team or board together. I’ll make sure it embodies your values, and builds strong relationships.


If you need help shaping your idea, programme or organisation, I can work directly with you, providing inspiration, advice and expertise.

If you want to codify your knowledge, grow your company, or find your value proposition, I will bring insight and practical solutions that help you grow and thrive.


Are you feeling stuck, confused or lost? Do your confidence, creativity or focus need a boost? Coaching can give you space to change and grow, finding your own solutions with the support of someone focused just on you.

Mentoring offers a different approach, often using similar tools but also providing advice, guidance and knowledge where appropriate.

We can work together to find the best fit for your needs.

Action Learning

Action Learning is a powerful tool that enables you to develop problem-solving skills that can you can apply in all areas of your life and work.

It brings peers together into a facilitated ‘action learning set’ where they can work through issues and develop ideas and practical solutions in a safe, supportive space.

Benefits include developing listening, problem-solving and leadership skills; creating practical plans; receiving supportive challenge, and building lasting peer support networks.

Together with Sarah Pym, I offer Action Learning facilitation to organisations and networks, and across sectors and partnerships.


I am the former CEO of Theatre Bristol where I led the strategic development of the organisation and its team until July 2020. I’ve worked as a Producer and Project and Business Manager with companies including Arnolfini, Create Gloucestershire, Huxley, Apples & Snakes, Real Ideas and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

I’ve worked with many artists, freelancers and micro-organisations to provide one-to-one support, mentoring, coaching and development.

I am Chair of Trustees for Firebird Theatre, a company of disabled artists, and Advisory Board member for Action Hero.

I am an ILM accredited Action Learning Facilitator and am currently training to consolidate, diversify and accredit my coaching experience.


If you'd like to find out more about how I can help you or your organisation, fill out the form below and I'll get back to you to arrange a call.

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