Across the team we have a wide range of knowledge, with average sector expertise of 16 years, we believe we can make a real difference to our community.
Lead on Youth
I’ve worked in the arts sector for 19 years, with 10 years as Arts Development Officer at Herefordshire Council, previously at Arts Council West Midlands and the Arts Council Capital Lottery Team in London. I’m also a member of the EU Panel of experts for Culture and the Creative Industries. My specialisms are arts funding, assessment, crafts and visual arts. I’m currently focused on building the confidence, aspirations and creative skills of young people, often those who are vulnerable and do not normally have the opportunity to take part in creative projects. I’m also very interested in providing opportunities for local artists to build their economic potential and make their practice more sustainable. When I have spare time I enjoy the cinema, travelling, good food, reading, visiting exhibitions and of course being a mum to my two boys.
Lead on Sports
Previously, I was Sports Development Officer at Herefordshire Council for over six years managing projects like Sport Unlimited, the Herefordshire Youth Games and working with sports clubs to develop their workforce and access funding. I’m now leading on Sports Development initiatives for Brightstripe and I currently run the local delivery of ‘Sportivate’, ‘Satellite Clubs’, and ‘Get Back Into Sport’ programmes, club development projects and National Governing Body initiatives. I work closely with the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire, the local School Games Organisers as well as local partners to ensure local delivery of national initiatives.
Walking Coordinator and Nordic Walking Instructor
I’m the newest member of Brightstripe, joining the team in October 2013 as a walking coordinator. I am currently supporting, developing and promoting Herefordshire’s Walking for Health Scheme, a national project to encourage walking to improve health and sociability in the community. I also trained as a British Nordic Walking instructor in November 2013 and am currently running taster sessions and courses across Herefordshire. I love being part of Brightstripe as I get a great balance of walking in the great outdoors, meeting new people, and working alongside a friendly and welcoming team in the office. I originally trained as a primary school teacher, specialising in Art and P.E. and have taught in several primary schools in the county. I’m a devoted mother of two little girls, who keep me very busy when I’m not at work. When I find a little spare time, I love to ride my horse and walk, swim or drink gin and dance with my friends.
Lead on Communities
I’ve been working in the creative industry for around 13 years, initially in performance, management and coordination of music and theatre and in more recent year’s visual arts and craft. I’ve been working with the team coordinating h.Art and Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair over the past 5 years, relishing the challenge of finding solutions to fuse artistic vision with practical possibilities. I’m now focusing on work with communities in the broadest sense of the word, which will continue to provide opportunities for practitioners, whilst creating exciting and inspiring events, projects and services with the community – something I’m very passionate about. I try to squeeze in as much as possible in my spare time; weekends away and nights out, eating good food, spending time with friends and keeping fit.
Lead on Learning
I’m a Chartered Landscape Architect by profession, working with young people, communities and creative practitioners to shape and conserve their environments for the past 22 years. For 4 years I was also the Creative Learning Officer at Herefordshire Council, project managing programmes with the RSC, ACWM and cultural organisations around the county. I’m passionate about engaging creative industries with young people to develop their learning, support their behaviour and enhance life-skills; and I am a trained Arts Award Adviser at Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver levels. I fuse my time at Brightstripe with work at Spacescape Architects + Landscape Architects and Morphut Ltd – designing and building small buildings. I also enjoy working with alternative forms of creative marketing. Beyond work I am an Arts Alive Promoter, part of the team behind the Bucknell Show and a founding member of our school’s Friends group (Tues – Thurs).
Lead on Health
I’ve been involved in the leisure sector for over 30 years, initially as a teacher and then leading youth sports development with the Herefordshire Youth Service. Since 1998, I led the sports development and physical activity team for Herefordshire Council. I’m now working within a very dedicated and passionate team, bringing new ideas and programmes to help keep the community culturally active. I’m currently involved on the planning and development side, but also developing more community-focused sport and physical activity opportunities including some leadership and learning in sport and physical activity. I have a passion for helping others to enjoy sport and activity and like to spend some of my time outside of work visiting towns and cities, especially in the UK, to enjoy a mix of cultural experiences. I swim and walk to help relax but enjoy nothing more than a relaxed meal with good food and friends.
Lead on Culture
I’ve worked in the arts for over 30 years – starting as a designer jeweller, doing commission work, selling through galleries, such as Electrum Gallery and I was a founder member and co-ordinator of ‘Alloy’ jewellers group. I moved into Herefordshire Council, and ultimately became lead for the Arts Service. I’ve been involved in initiating a wide range of arts projects, partnerships and events such as h.Art, all with a community focus and a dedication to making them sustainable. Right now I work alongside Jan running and developing the business, but I’m also the Brightstripe Lead for Culture,which, involves all of our cultural events – Hereford Arts Markets, Design for Living, h.Art and Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair.
I have been with the team for over 2 years now supporting them in an administrative capacity. I originally trained as a textile designer before spending many years in art & design education, teaching both at further and higher education levels. Alongside working at Brightstripe I provide assistance to a number of small creative businesses in the county, on a freelance basis. My spare time is taken up with creativity – through my photography and printmaking in my studio at home – I have over the years exhibited work nationally.