Before setting up her own creative consultancy in 2016, Dorothy was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of mac Birmingham, one of the country’s busiest and most used arts centres, for 26 years.
Before taking up her role at mac she spent 14 years at West Midlands Arts, including seven years as deputy director, working across a range of art forms. For 7 years until late 2009 she chaired the West Midlands regional board of Arts Council England and served on the national board of Arts Council England.
She is currently Chair of the boards of a number of charitable organisations, including Artrix - Bromsgrove’s Arts Centre, Motionhouse Dance Theatre, The Independent Cinema Office, Grand Union and Culture Central, the cultural development agency for Birmingham. She is a Council member of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Treasurer of Dancefest Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Dorothy is an active musician, singing and playing viola for a wide range of professional and voluntary regional ensembles.
Dorothy is an associate of The Leisure Consultancy Ltd, and UK, Ireland and Scandinavia representative for the Alexander String Quartet (San Francisco). In 2005 she was made ITV Central's Midlander of the Year in the Arts and Media category and received an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University, then UCE. In 2014 Dorothy received honorary doctorates from both University of Birmingham and Warwick University. Dorothy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006 and received an MBE for services to the arts in the New Year’s Honours list 2011.