Paddy McNulty Associates

Paddy McNulty Associates is a leading research, strategy, and development consultancy for the cultural heritage and arts sectors.

who we are

Paddy McNulty and Bridget MacKernan are the Directors of Paddy McNulty Associates.  Together they have over 30 years experience in the cultural heritage sector, from archaeological excavation, education and outreach delivery, right through to research, strategic development and delivery, and organisational change.  They are supported by an excellent team of associates that span a wide range of sectors, skills, knowledge, and expertise.  



Paddy McNulty FRSA, AIM Enabler : Strategic development, research, and organisational transformation

Paddy is a consultant with over 15 years experience in cultural heritage strategic agencies, museums, and archaeology units. He has expertise in research, strategic development, partnership development, workforce and organisation change, and transformation.  

Paddy has helped organisations and sectors identify their areas for growth and transformation and ensured that they have met their potential.  Having worked on large regional and national cross-sector and multi-disaplinary projects he has particular expertise at creating and sustaining successful collaborations and partnerships through methodical research and innovative strategic thinking.

He has extensive experience in developing museum and higher education partnerships.  Paddy is currently a partner in a Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund project, Museum and University Partnership Initiative (MUPI) with NCCPE and UAL; helping museums and HEIs realise that by working together mutually beneficial outcomes and outputs are achieved that go beyond the expectations of the organisations and people involved.

He is regular speaker and panel participant at conferences on the future direction of the cultural heritage sector and has presented at the Museums Association conference, Association of Independent Museums conference, AHRC Connected Communities conference, Royal Geographical Society International Annual Conference, and the Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities (DCDC) conference.

In addition to his consultancy work Paddy is a Chair of the London Museums Group – the museum federation for London – where he uses his skills and knowledge in workforce, strategic, and business development to support London museums and advocate their work.  He is an AIM Enabler (round 1) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Paddy is also an Artistic and Quality Assessor (Museums) for Arts Council England.  In his spare time he likes to cook, pontificate about politics, and is continuing to (try) play folk music on his guitar to a listenable level.

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Bridget MacKernan : Education, interpretation development and delivery, and exhibition content

Bridget MacKernan is highly experienced museums and heritage educator.  She has considerable expertise in planning and delivering a range of educational programmes, increasing participation, and developing new audiences. In addition to excellent education skills she is an experienced evaluator and uses a variety of models that help clients understand their activities, identify their strengths, and address their development needs. Bridget has worked for independent, national and local authority museums. 

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Mairead O'Rourke - Museum, culture, and the arts development consultant

Mairead is an experienced development professional with specialist knowledge of the arts, culture and museums sector.
With over ten years experience of working with a range of organisations from volunteer run to local government. Through her practical experience of working for both funding bodies and cultural organisations she has gained expertise in board development, business planning and management, income generation and sustainability and fundraising. She has particular experience and strengths in:

  • Business planning
  • Programme / project management
  • Partnership working
  • Impact analysis, evaluation and monitoring
  • Grant funding
  • Board development

Nicky Boyd - Audience and evaluation consultant

Nicky Boyd is an experienced audience research and evaluation consultant with particular expertise in qualitative evaluation techniques and processes, developing evaluation frameworks, and visitor studies. She has a background in consulting and collecting evidence from a wide range of audiences using a variety of data gathering tools including more creative tools such as personal meaning mapping. She is a professional member of the Visitor Studies Group (chair from 2006 to 2008), the Museums Association and the London Museums Group (as well as a current committee member). She regularly trains others in her specialist areas. Previously Nicky was Manager of the Livesey Museum for Children and Special Exhibitions Project Manager at the Museum of the Moving Image.  Communicating effectively and delivering quality work on time and to budget is a key strength.

Tina Morton - Cultural heritage strategic development and project management

Tina Morton is an experienced manager in the heritage/cultural sector, professional archivist and Prince II qualified project manager.  She has worked in the heritage and cultural sector for over a decade starting in archives and expanding into libraries, museums and wider cultural services.  As a highly-motivated, results-orientated manager, she has extensive knowledge cross the UK archival sector and wider UK culture and heritage.

She has a proven track record of both people and programme/project management in local and central government. She has a wide range of experience which includes advocating and responding to the demands of a variety of stakeholders, programme/project delivery and evaluation.

Tina has worked for The National Archives, The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and the London Borough of Brent. As Programme Manager for the London Cultural Improvement Programme Tina honed a range of skills whilst managing a large and complex programme involving line management of staff, budget control, fundraising and co-ordination of 12 projects. Complex evaluation, performance monitoring and stakeholder management were key to this role. More recently, Tina has worked on projects including a rewrite of CSIT (Culture and Sport Improvement Toolkit) guidance on the LGA website; Love Libraries, Love Volunteers: Managing Volunteer Toolkit on London Councils website; Survive and Thrive for London Museums  - a programme which aims to support London’s local authority and independent Museums and associated Archive services utilising a self-assessment and peer challenge approach; review of the Southbank Centre's heritage to communicate the significance of  the Southbank Centre’s archive and object collections.

Outside of work Tina enjoys both badminton and yoga and has a passion for cooking and likes to share this by entertaining friends with a meal.



Paddy McNulty Associates Ltd is a company registered in England & Wales.

Registered Number: 08867794.  Registered Office: 383 Ware Road, Hertford SG13 7EN