Meet the Team

Introducing the people behind the scenes

Ever wondered who the people are sending out the e-newsletter, putting on workshops in Brigantia and deciding which venue to put which show in?

Nancy Barrett

Director

Nancy is the Director of Creative Scene and leads on the creative vision and the long-term strategy for the programme....

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Nancy Barrett

Director

Nancy is the Director of Creative Scene and leads on the creative vision and the long-term strategy for the programme. She is always on the hunt for ways to make sure great creative things happen in the future.

Nancy was born and grew up in Seacroft on the outskirts of Leeds. Of Irish heritage, she was reeling and jigging from an early age. Nancy began her career working as a community artist with Ordsall Community Arts in inner-city Salford, before taking on roles in local authority arts and cultural development, and leading the Arts Council’s flagship creative learning programme, Creative Partnerships, across Greater Manchester. She joined Creative Scene as Director in 2014. Away from her life on land, Nancy is the co-owner of a sailing boat and loves to take to the open seas in her free time.

 

What has been your highlight of the programme so far?

I love the diversity of the towns and villages, their distinct architecture and heritage, and so all the projects that have included producing work in unusual places, outside of the constraints of a traditional theatre, gallery or arts centre have been special to me – from lighting up the lake in Crow Nest Park, to commissioning new digital work for the annual HeckmondLIGHT illuminations.

But my personal favourite was becoming a Train Conductor for the evening to bring people from Dewsbury to Batley for an outdoor screening of a giant game of Bingo, projected onto the walls of the historic buildings by the station.

 

What are you looking forward to in the next five years?

I’m looking forward to working with our very talented and amazingly committed team and with the community here to continue to make fantastic creative things happen. We are thinking about new premises and more spaces for people to take part in creative activities, and we will be kicking off some special new commissions with local festivals. I fundamentally believe that cultural opportunity should be open to all and that the most interesting things happen when different people get together. So I’m also looking forward to getting more people, organisations, residents and artists around the table too as part of our ‘Culture Council ‘ initiative.

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Richard Fowler

Administration & Finance Manager

Richard is Creative Scene’s Admin & Finance Manager, providing wide-ranging backroom support for the creative team. With a background in arts...

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Richard Fowler

Administration & Finance Manager

Richard is Creative Scene’s Admin & Finance Manager, providing wide-ranging backroom support for the creative team. With a background in arts and heritage funding, both as a funder and as consultant working for charities and other not-for-profits, he is passion about supporting and empowering organisations that deliver positive change for the communities and individuals they work with.

Based in North Wales but with West Yorkshire roots, he is very pleased to be helping Creative Scene to deliver its vision. When not getting excited about spreadsheets, Richard leads yoga classes, workshops and retreats in Gwynedd, while trying to improve his Welsh.

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Gini Wilde

Freelance Communications Associate

Gini is an experienced marketeer in the tourism, arts and cultural sectors and has held various positions at both strategic...

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Gini Wilde

Freelance Communications Associate

Gini is an experienced marketeer in the tourism, arts and cultural sectors and has held various positions at both strategic and tactical levels over the years.

Gini started her career over 20 years ago as Tourism Assistant for Leeds City Council before taking the step into venues as Marketing Manager at the Millennium Commission project Magna Science Adventure Centre. Gini then went on to work for a leading, local Marketing and PR firm looking after all their museums, venues, and high-profile event clients.

Following the birth of her eldest daughter, Gini went freelance in 2013 and has since worked on some exciting projects including Dewsbury Creative Town Arts Programme, Woven and Sangam Festival in the Kirklees area. She has also held Marketing Manager positions on a freelance basis for several small and national museums.

Gini joins the Creative Scene team on a freelance basis and will look after all of our marketing and communications activity.

When Gini isn’t working, she loves spending time with her family, practising yoga, shopping and travelling especially if it’s by the sea!

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Megan Bailey

Producer

After completing a Degree in Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance at the University of York, Megan worked at York Theatre...

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Megan Bailey

Producer

After completing a Degree in Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance at the University of York, Megan worked at York Theatre Royal in Creative Engagement for over 2 years.

She is now studying for a Master’s Degree in Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship at the University of Leeds part-time, while working as a freelance Creative Producer.

Most recently she worked with Kaizen Arts Agency on Drawsome!; a multi-venue, 6-day music, art and illustration festival in York. Megan is also Founding Director and Creative Producer for Bolshee CIC, a creative projects company, which aims to champion and empower women and girls. Bolshee does everything from DJ inclusive and accessible club nights, and devise dance performances, to art installations and women’s wellbeing groups.  

Megan first worked with Creative Scene on the recent Make it Happen Creatives Summer School, in partnership with Leeds Arts University and is thrilled to be joining the team as a freelance Producer.  

When Megan isn’t working and studying, she can be found dreaming up elaborate plans to build a tiny house to live in, or parking her campervan very badly.  

 

What are you looking forward to?  

Creative Scene is committed to giving people the power to make decisions and be involved in shaping the projects from the very start. I love working in this way and am so excited to collaborate with new people and help make the things they want to happen, happen.  

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Henry Raby

Participation & Engagement Lead

Henry Raby is a theatre maker, podcaster, producer and poet. He has worked for over a decade producing theatre, radio...

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Henry Raby

Participation & Engagement Lead

Henry Raby is a theatre maker, podcaster, producer and poet. He has worked for over a decade producing theatre, radio shows and poetry nights by, with and for local communities. Most recently with Chapel FM Arts Centre, York Theatre Royal and Ls14 Trust.

All of his creative projects have a strong focus on social justice, change and connectivity.

What has been your highlight of the programme so far?

I’ve only just recently started with Creative Scene but seeing the Carpeters clowning around the city centre was a great, fun time for Heritage Open Days.

What are you looking forward to in the next five years?

The People Powered Project is just getting started, and I’m so excited to see where it leads. Four artists out in the community responding and co-creating. All with different mindsets, backgrounds and artforms which means we’ll see an amazing array of diversity and vibes!

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Iqra Rafiq

Assistant Producer

Iqra is a Muslim textile artist, designer, dressmaker & tutor. She holds a first-class BA Hons in Fashion, Production, Styling...

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Iqra Rafiq

Assistant Producer

Iqra is a Muslim textile artist, designer, dressmaker & tutor. She holds a first-class BA Hons in Fashion, Production, Styling and Promotion. Creating and crafting is her favourite pastime. She likes to spend her time on the sewing machine. She enjoys cutting fabrics and stitching them to create custom garments.

Iqra first got involved with Creative Scene as a Young Producer, shaping and producing BLINK.

Since then, Iqra has gone from strength to strength, establishing her own freelance practice, being commissioned to run creative textiles, sewing and embroidery workshops with women in her hometown of Batley and exhibited her work at Oakwell Hall as part of the Change Project.

As Assistant Producer, Iqra will be working with South Asian communities in our area and developing a programme of events and activities throughout the year (Make sure you keep a look out!)

What are you are most looking forward to in your role?

I feel that there is lots of potential and talent in our towns, with the support of Creative Scene I want to be able to give back to this community and provide opportunities to people and others so that they can showcase their skills. I would love to meet artists irrespective of the type of art they do, help boost their skills, provide support and learn skills from them also.

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Vicky Holliday

Creative Producer

Vicky rejoins the team as Creative Producer following the birth of her second child. She has worked with Creative Scene...

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Vicky Holliday

Creative Producer

Vicky rejoins the team as Creative Producer following the birth of her second child. She has worked with Creative Scene in a variety of roles since in started in 2014. Vicky enjoys making space for magical and creative things to happen that bring people together. 
 

Vicky grew up in Kirklees and was making shows with the kids on her street in the Summer Holidays from the age of 12. Little did she know then that it would turn into a career. Since University Vicky has led Participation and Learning at Peshkar Productions, Theatre Centre and artsdepot,  alongside supporting youth voice in national strategic programmes with Arts Council England and the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

Alongside work Vicky loves getting creative, swimming and dancing with her two children, fitting in the occasional fitness challenge and puzzling her way out of Escape Rooms.

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Stella Barnes

Community Producer

Stella Barnes is an arts leader, theatre maker, creative facilitator and consultant with over 30 years’ experience of leading participatory...

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Stella Barnes

Community Producer

Stella Barnes is an arts leader, theatre maker, creative facilitator and consultant with over 30 years’ experience of leading participatory arts projects.
Stella has a special interest in arts and migration and is an associate artist at Counterpoints Arts where she helped set up Platforma, a national network and biennial arts and migration festival.
Recent roles include Creative Director of Community Arts North West (CAN), an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation that has pioneered work with new migrant communities in Greater Manchester and Director of Participation at Brixton House in south London where she established a range of ground-breaking projects including an arts and migration programme, an annual young artists commission and a dance-led project for disabled children.
Stella has worked internationally for the British Council in Southern Africa, where she jointly set up an arts and social action leadership project, I&D.  She delivers national training in participatory arts and regularly works as a guest lecturer in universities.
Stella’s research projects include an enquiry into the cultural entitlement of care experienced children, for A New Direction,  an evaluation of Ensemble, a training programme for young D/deaf and disabled artists, for Graeae Theatre Company and a research fellowship at University of Manchester looking the relationship between refugee artists and the cultural sector.

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