Sam is co-founder of Bompas & Parr, a London based creative studio that describes itself as “the leading expert in multi-sensory experience design”. The studio works with commercial brands, artistic institutions, private clients and governments to deliver emotionally compelling experiences to a wide variety of audiences.
Alma Budd (Treasurer)
Alma is a qualified accountant, who has worked across the public sector in local government, higher education, and the NHS, and more recently for arts and human rights charities.
Abi established the MA Arts Management, Policy and Practice at The University of Manchester and works with colleagues in the Institute for Cultural Practices on other postgraduate programmes. She is involved in a range of research, knowledge exchange and public engagement activities concerning the value of the arts and relationships between culture, policy and place. Abi is also a trustee for Macclesfield Barnaby Festival, and is Chair of Brighter Sound.
John Herring (Chair)
John has over 20 years of experience working as a leader across Public Services, including at the Department for Work and Pensions and the NHS. Since its inception in 2016, he has worked as part of the devolution of Health and Care across Greater Manchester, working on a number of areas addressing the leadership and cultural challenges of implementing the Greater Manchester Mayor’s vision for a One Workforce approach to public services across the Greater Manchester devolved region. He set up the Salford Music Cooperative in 2008 and has worked in partnership with Unconvention raising awareness of the unique mental health challenges artists experience
Zaiba is an artist, filmmaker and the resident curator/emergent producer at LUX, the UK agency for the support and promotion of artists working with the moving image. Zaiba is also founder of Hervisions, a multidisciplinary curating and commissioning agency supporting and promoting new media art made by non-binary artists and artists that identify as women.
Debbi is a creative director/producer in arts and media with a particular focus on innovating for the public through brand, experimentation and unconventional and new approaches to art making and audience development. Her career history includes business owner, shinkansen collective; former London 2012 programmer; CEO/Artistic Director of Forma Arts and Media until September 2018 and is currently working as a consultant producer. Debbi is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Associate of FACT, Liverpool and a specialist in interdisciplinary arts practice, technology and performance-based arts.
David is a specialist planning solicitor with Shoosmiths, he trained with DLA Piper in Liverpool and qualified as a specialist planning and infrastructure consents solicitor in September 2010. David joined Shoosmiths in November 2019 after spending five years in Weightmans’ Manchester planning team.
Katie Moffat (Deputy Chair)
Katie is an experienced consultant, trainer and strategist and has been providing training and support with digital work for over 18 years. She is currently Head of Sector Engagement (Europe) at digital agency Substrakt. Prior to joining Substrakt she was Head of Digital at The Audience Agency.
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