Freelance coach, facilitator, strategist and researcher

Ellen O'Hara

What I do

Ellen O’Hara is a freelance creative and cultural strategist, SFEDI accredited coach, facilitator and published researcher. Working with creative people and organisations, she applies coaching techniques, startup methodology and design thinking to foster a more entrepreneurial approach to leadership and change. She is an advisor for Creative Industry Finance where she supports businesses to develop growth plans and access alternative finance and she regularly works with the British Council to design and deliver enterprise and business development programmes for the arts and cultural sector internationally.


Ellen was previously Head of Business Development at award-winning craft incubator Cockpit Arts, where she designed and implemented the business incubation processes and programmes. She previously worked for The Prince’s Trust, Arts Council England and Andersens management consultancy. 

Ellen is Fellow of the RSA and an Arts Council supported Clore Leadership Fellow 2014/15. She sits on the board of You Make It, a London based charity that empowers young women to realize their voice and earning potential in their city, and This is Not a Gateway, a not for profit that provides platforms for new thinking in urbanism through an annual festival, salons and publications.  She is also co-founder and editor at City Writers Room, a place for writing about people, places and ideas on the theme of city.

The core Digital Arts and Culture Accelerator (DACA) syllabus leveraged training content from The Accelerator Network’s pre-accelerator Fast Forward and 12-week Accelerator Academy programmes. The nine participants came into the process with ideas at different stages of development, from award-winning R&D projects, to working prototypes and unproven concepts. Motivations also varied and it was clear from the outset that equity investment was not appropriate for most. What our pioneers all displayed was a deep curiosity, willingness to learn, faith in the process and mastery in their respective fields. We were off to a promising start.
Ellen O'Hara
Monday, 16 January 2017