BBC Open Centre

As manager of the BBC Leicester Open Centre I was able to organise a broad range of events and activities to connect to the city's diverse cultures and communities.

These included a Pink Party in support of Cancer Research, a faith & music day when musicians and singers from different faith communities joined together - and a Dr Who monsters week!

To emphasise the importance of recycling, up-cycling and supporting charities, I organised a Fashion Show with a difference.  We paired radio presenters with young fashion design undergraduates.

We challenged them to spend no more than ten pounds on secondhand clothes from a charity shop and turn the garments into a fashion statement worthy of a catwalk. Then we staged a Fashion Show - with lots of glitz and glamour - to demonstrate what could be achieved.

Take ten pounds-worth of secondhand gladrags plus lots of creative ideas from tomorrow's fashion designers.  Add some imaginative lighting, a great music soundtrack, and lots of enthusiasm from BBC staff.  Stir well, sit back and enjoy the entertainment (and make some money for a dozen local charity shops!)

The project cost nothing, thanks to the participants who gave freely of their time and talents, and my BBC Open Centre staff who turned an atrium into a fashion show venue with little more than sticky tape and imagination.   The charities gained in profile, publicity and cash donations.