“Alan has exceptional vision and innovation as a curator. Having been involved in the Hull International Festival of Photography and experienced his skills, I trust his expertise and ability to create a festival that is visually stunning and engages an audience. Alan is committed, confident and galvanises the team around him to bring out the best in his creative collaborators, leading each project with an approach that allows for creative dialogue, without losing sight of the end objective and priorities.” (Peter Dench, Getty Images, World Press Photography Award Winner, Co-Founder of the White Cloth Gallery Leeds)
“Entering into the HIP gallery we where presented with an exhibition by renowned photographer Ian Macdonald showcasing work from Smiths Dock. With nearly fifty years of material it was incredible to see such established work beautifully curated by Alan Raw. His understanding and insight into the work allowed the audience to really engage with the prints on the wall. Isabelle Pater’s beautifully crafted large scale prints where hung high around the gallery wall, echoing works of great art. The photography on show proved to be a hit with locals and the wider photography community and the ambitious curation took viewers around Europe and lived up to it’s International title.” (Matt Finn, recipient of the Jerwood/ Photoworks Awards)
“Alan’s insight into situations and his ability to bring out the best in people is unrivaled by anyone I’ve ever met. He’s one of the wisest people I know and his advice has been of great value to me. Alan oozes inspiration!”
(Graham Albans, BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Producer)
“Alan Raw is a motivated, positive, enthusiastic person who gets things done. Great to work with and work for. Innovative, pioneering, charismatic character, with the eye of a hawk for detail.” (Fiona Whitley, Program Executive, The Princes Trust)
“Alan’s creative mentoring is second to none! An inspirational man with a lot of knowledge in his field!” (David Crane, Marketing Manager at Ace Radio)
“Alan is a Master Coach.. an inspirational man” (Claire Cameron, Yorkshire Post & No Title Magazine)
“Alan is a true professional in all his work and is motivated to effect change in young people’s lives, increasing their own motivation, building self esteem and belief in themselves and confidence that fosters their development as effective people. You will always get the best from him.” “Expert, High Integrity, Creative.” (Amanda Eastwood, Manager of Positive Futures)
“Alan has an extremely wide range of skills, and is capable of bringing all of them into play in order to find new and creative solution, and to think up new and radical ideas.” “He is professional and methodical when it comes to delivery, and also great fun to work with, Great Results, Expert, Creative”
(Darren Squires, MD Creative Projects Ltd & Festival TV)
“For the last few months I have had the pleasure of working alongside Alan Raw, and enjoyed the opportunity to observe him whilst with a variety of clients.
His calm and open approach, careful and patient interactions, and well-placed sense of humour, are a testament to his concern for the progression and wellbeing of his clients.
Alan also employs role playing and games to great effect, and underpinned by his careful use of other neuro-linguistic psychological counselling techniques and other more eclectic approaches, demonstrate his broad and flexible approach to clients’ issues and needs.
Despite having worked for over twenty years in an educational, pastoral and mediatory role, I have learned a great deal from Alan’s exemplary approach in a brief period of time and have no hesitation in writing this recommendation.” (Dr Jan Johnson-Smith, South Yorkshire 20/11/11)
“Just wanted to say thanks Alan for yesterday’s session. Everyone was delighted with the content and delivery; you’ve made quite an impression on them!” (Mark Compton, Armstrong Learning, Manchester, commenting on NLP Training for Information Advice & Guidance Workers 17/11/10)