Collette Parker (Nicholls) Associate Development

Collette trained as a journalist working on regional and national titles. She took a career break in 1998 and graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2001 with a degree in English, Drama and Education.

She worked for a short while at her college Homerton for Prof Peter Raby and the Director of Studies, the playwright Steve Waters. She specialised in theatre direction and arts in the community and ran Ocras Theatre Group until 2009, also working in community arts, public relations and event management, combining her skills for both the written and spoken word to communicate with audiences of all kinds.

Collette worked on Menagerie Theatre Company's Hotbed Festival in Cambridge both as an actor and director, and worked with the company on their skills in the workplace programme during this time.

She has acted as a spokesperson for companies on radio and television, and has been instrumental in the success of a number of award-winning environmental PR campaigns She has been a school governor, chairman of governors, and trustee and chairman on arts and youth enterprise organisations.