Working with us
What we do
A Different View started around a kitchen table in Nashville around 20 years ago. I’m not sure what we had for breakfast that day but it must have been some of the good stuff given what happened next. Two strangers became the best of friends and built a company with energy and enthusiasm that we like to think adds a fair bit to the industries we work in.
Over the years it’s been our pleasure to support, nudge and cajole some of the best. As you wander around our website you’ll find many of those inspiring projects and stories. They certainly make us believe that with a bit of courage and an open mind, anything is possible.
It’s fun what we do. Plain fun. Get up in the morning and help people and organisations be the best that they can. What’s not to like about that.
Who we are
Rosalind Johnson, co-founder
From Norfolk in the UK, Rosalind provides a wide range of services to the clients of A Different View including strategic planning and project development, visitor experience analysis and development, branding and general consulting. She is an expert facilitator, trainer and advocacy negotiator.
Within the arts, culture and heritage sector, Rosalind has worked on projects with national museums and internationally renowned organisations such as The American Museum of Natural History, The Science Museum in London and various projects across the Middle East. In the arts working with a diverse clientele from off west end theatres, festivals and contemporary art galleries to Arts Council England, literature and touring.
Crossing over to the outdoor and heritage sector she has extensive experience. She was an advisor for the RSPB engagement strategy, developed capital projects for various RSPB reserves and for The National Trust, Woburn Abbey and The National Forest.
Rosalind is renowned for her motivating style, and has spoken around the world on issues around visitor experience and building successful visitor attractions. In her spare time you’ll find throwing paint around in her art studio.
Sylvia Matiko, co-founder
Sylvia operates out of Nashville, Tennessee, and brings 30 years industry experience along with an international aspect to all of her work.
Known for her encouraging and motivating style, Sylvia helps international clients with leadership, organisational development, change management, human resource management, overall strategy development and business planning.
In her earlier years, Syvlia fulfilled the role of Vice President of Ripley Entertainment first as finance and then for franchise operations .
Syvlia has co-created a wide range of business training programmes, including the well regarded Captivate programme, alongside the Success Guide To Business Planning for AIM.
Having come from an operational background, Sylvia understands the importance of building an organisational culture based upon strong vision, missions and values. Her approach and philosophy to everything she does is based upon a clear understanding of answering the question “who do you serve?” and her customer-focused approach is refreshing to organisations that want to become more customer-centric.
In her spare time you’ll find her hiking in the Smokey Mountains and trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.
Dr Natasha Hutchinson, Consultant – museum and heritage
Living in Norfolk, UK, Natasha has worked in the heritage sector for 25 years, working across many different types of cultural organisations from museums to heritage, archaeology/archaeological sites and churches through to natural environment and conservation organisations. She is an experienced trainer and has developed and delivered across disciplines from forward planning to community engagement.
Between 2005 and 2011, Natasha was responsible for building the most successful Museum Development programme in England in her role as the East of England’s Regional Development Manager.
She advises and offers training on fundraising with a particular focus on National Lottery Heritage Funding. In her time with A Different View she has successfully delivered major projects including Shakespeare’s Schoolroom in Stratford-upon-avon.
Natasha also regularly lectures at the University of East Anglia where she has been responsible for delivering a wide range of practice-based modules on their MA in Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage and their undergraduate programme.
In her spare time you’ll find her writing another novel having completed her MA in Creative Writing at UEA in recent years.
Michael Nutt, Consultant – strategy and finance
Michael has enjoyed a long career in heritage, tourism and the arts as a chief executive, marketer and professional consultant, working with public, private and third sector organisations. Michael offers expertise in business planning, strategy development, marketing and audience development, fund-raising and business development.
His background has included the regeneration, development and marketing of major heritage projects; destination marketing; orchestral management; museums management and the promotion of national museum exhibitions and heritage sites.
Prior to his work with ADV, Michael has been responsible for marketing some of the leading tourism attractions in the UK, including the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Air Force Museum and the National Fishing Heritage Centre, and as a consultant he developed a major tourism strategy for the Norwich area, helping to set up the destination management organisation, VisitNorwich, and going on to become its Managing Director.
Michael holds an MBA from the Open University, a postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration from the City University and a BA Honours degree in Music and Sociology from the University of Keele. He is a member of the Tourism Society, the Tourism Consultants Network and the Association of Independent Museums.
In his spare time Mike is a musician and a long standing member of the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra.
Geoffrey Dixon, Head of Research
Geoff has over 30 years experience working around the world on market research projects. His extensive experience across cultures – 30 countries and counting – makes him an obvious choice for research projects involving complex cultural issues.
In the ten years he’s been working with A Different View, he’s worked with national museums, arts organisations and entertainment. His experience in the Middle East is particularly extensive, delivering the base line research for Dubailand across 16 nationalities.
Qualified to post-graduate level in marketing, Geoffrey is a full member of the Market Research Society and graduate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Geoffrey has been Project Director on projects across the globe and has extensive experience of analyzing audience segments, the visitor experience, traffic flows, branding and marketing. Geoffrey is able to research, develop and interpret research findings.
Within the cultural sector Geoffrey has engaged in a broad spectrum of research projects, including assisting The Clinton Presidential Center with perception and pricing, helping Poland explore travel dynamics with European nations, and the London Science Museum with evaluating The Google Project.
Beyond his work in the cultural sector he has extensive experience with major live event brands and the media such as BBC Gardener's World Live, BBC Good Food, Grand Designs, Top Gear, Ideal Home Show, Taste of London. Geoffrey has also worked on venue development projects with Manchester Central, ExCeL London, Olympia, NEC, Harrogate International Centre Amsterdam Rai, Ricoh Stadium,The Forum Norwich and others.
In his spare time you’ll find him either listening to live bands or organizing a music festival. Keeps him busy!
Benedetta Tiana, Specialist Consultant - Interpretation and Content
Originally from Milan, Italy and basing herself between London and Milan, Benedetta provides interpretation and strategic content planning for museums and heritage sites. She has always worked internationally and for A Different View across the UK and in North America.
Starting from the point of view of visitors, Benedetta excels at planning visitor learning experiences that are engaging, imaginative and sometimes life changing.
Before working with A Different View she was with English Heritage and prior to that Event Communications in London. While at Event Communications museum design company, she was the lead on Heritage Fund capital projects, including: The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London; the Rotunda Museum of Geology, Scarborough, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry; M-Shed Museum of Bristol, Bristol. She works internationally, capitalising on her Italian/British identity to facilitate communication, engagement and learning around content, at UNESCO La Venaria Reale, Torino, Italy; BARD Forte di Bard, Museo delle Alpi, Aosta, Italy; Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; Kuwait Oil Company Display Centre; City Museum of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Benedetta recently stepped down after 6 years on the National Lottery Heritage Fund London Committee, responsible for assessing and awarding project grant requests between £100,000 and £2million. She was a Trustee of the European Museum Forum, is an RSA Fellow and sits on the KCL Science Research Ethics Committee.
In her spare time Benedetta is kept busy with her Italian love of good food and cooking and she also loves to sing.