David Dolan Martin

Associate Consultant

David joined Richard Newton Consulting (RNC) as a consultant in 2020, having been introduced to the company by a long-standing colleague, Sue Fletcher.

David has over 30 years’ experience of working in both performing and participatory arts. He works with clients to facilitate a thorough understanding of their professional environment, offering insight into their financial situation and opportunities, and developing their strategy and business planning.  He has experience of managing capital development and revenue programmes, including the procurement of resources; and promoting organisational growth, development and change.

He has managed companies that are both venue-and office-based, streamlining activities and processes, promoting business efficiency and effectiveness, aligning best practice with practical solutions.

His earlier work was in Production Management, both for producing theatres and independent companies, giving him a thorough grounding in the process of making theatre.

He was executive director of Oldham Coliseum Theatre and acting chief executive of Community Arts North West before going freelance in 2017.  Since then, he has worked for a range of clients including ATG; Manchester International Festival; Northern Broadsides Theatre Company; and Blackburn with Darwen Unitary Authority.


Chair of imitating the dog theatre company 2017 – present

Trustee and Treasurer of The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre 2012 – 2020


B.Sc (Hons) Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia

D.Phil researching Biochemistry, University of Sussex

MBA Open University

National Fundraising School

Out of Office

David sings: either on organised choirs and small choral ensembles or just around the house to the great annoyance of his husband.  He tends to shut up when he’s watching a play or hearing a concert, or when he’s in an art gallery and he is an avid follower of the performing arts.  He may frequently be found in restaurants, COVID-permitting.  He’s also a passionate supporter of participatory arts activities and strongly believes that engagement takes people out of their comfort zones, allowing them to achieve what they might think is the impossible.