Libraries, culture, and arts

Money is tight. Libraries need a voice – and resources.

We recognise the contribution of culture to the quality of life in our communities.

Can other models of delivery and governance (commercial providers, charitable trusts, shared services) reduce costs while protecting the frontline? Can you demonstrate that culture contributes to local economy, to health and well-being, and thus leverage more resources?

Let us help you step back, reassess your options and develop clear strategies to protect and enhance these valuable services.

Sue McKenzie  07868 713786



Sue McKenzie has considerable and varied experience in many aspects of the cultural sector: archives, museums, libraries, arts development, festivals and community engagement. She is also experienced in archival research, change and project management, development of strategies and policies, community engagement, developing alternative governance models, developing volunteer programmes, fundraising support and advice, writing grant applications, business plans and income generation,management of refurbishment and relocation programmes, support with accreditation programmes, devising and delivering training programmes, facilitating workshops, organising conferences, appraisal and development of collections, support with service changes and development.

'RedQuadrant’s work has been immensely helpful for us. Their clear knowledge of our sector, rigorous approach, and strong financial modelling skills gave us a robust range of propositions to progress with, essential to this major project.'

Fiona McCarthy, Customer Insight Manager, British Library

'RedQuadrant's contribution to the development of the Public Libraries Universal Learning Offer was very professionally delivered and just what we needed to take us forwards.'

Alison Wheeler, Society of Chief Librarians


Plymouth wanted to protect and enhance its libraries which play a key part in residents’ face-to-face access to the council. We helped them achieve these ambitions whilst ensuring that the service remained efficient and met very diverse needs.

There are important questions:

  • Are buildings fit for purpose and in the right places?
  • Do libraries balance services and spaces – quiet corners for study, areas to meet, room for community activity, fun spaces for children?
  • How will technology change the future library offer?