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Trevor Burgess


Trevor has thirty years experience of working within the creative industries in a broad variety of roles in the field of professional development, economic regeneration, fundraising, capacity building and enterprise development.

Trevor is a practising visual artist and his experience of developing a freelance career as an internationally exhibiting painter informs his role at Rinova as Project Development Consultant, specialising in the creative industries and enterprise.

Having studied BA Literature degree at University of East Anglia, Trevor trained as a curator under Lynda Morris at the Norwich Gallery, Norwich School of Art. In 1990, he founded an artists' studios co-operative, which he led as Chair and Development Manager for seven years, growing the organisation to provide workspace and professional development resources for thirty artists. During this time he was a Management Committee member of the National Artists Association and co-ordinated the development of the first Code of Practice for the Visual Arts, written by Lee Corner.

Trevor then gained an MA in European Fine Art, studying on the Winchester School of Art programme in Barcelona, following which he came to London and began an association with Rick and his teams, delivering a wide range of programmes around the role of arts and culture in urban regeneration. He became a SFEDI accredited business adviser and assembled a team of creative industries specialists to deliver a pioneering European Regional Development Fund business support programme in North London, targeted at creative SMEs, microbusinesses and freelancers.  

Amongst other freelance work in the arts, Trevor spent four years as Programme Director responsible for quality assurance and successful delivery of publicly funded projects at a media training charity in London, and a further four years in the Development and Alumni Relations Department at University of the Arts London, where he was responsible for writing policy papers, fundraising proposals, publications and stewardship reports to donors. He joined Rinova in 2014.

Trevor studied French to University level and speaks fluent Spanish. He co-delivers an annual course on urban landscape on the Masters programme in cultural project management at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and is a regular visitor to Spain and Latin America. His international perspective and wide experience of the creative industries contributes to his role at Rinova in developing European partnership programmes.