Meet the Team

Family Arts Campaign is delivered by a small but mighty core team plus six Ambassadors who help to run regional networks in their respective communities.  

The Family Arts Campaign’s board members help to strategically support the Campaign and help to find opportunities to further develop our work with families.

Family Arts Campaign Team

Anna Dever

Head of Campaign

My most memorable creative experience as a child was…

going to Withington
Library with my mum
and being amazed I
could choose a big stack
of books to take home!

Arts for families is important because…

it’s open and accessible
to everyone.

Talk to Anna about
building partnerships
& strategic opportunities.

Email Anna

Rukhsana Jahangir

Campaign Manager

My most memorable creative experience as a child was…

inhabiting magical worlds of
inner imagination through
being a total bookworm!

Arts for families is important because…

shared arts experiences
can be deeply
transformative.

Talk to Rukhsana
about learning, awards,
partnerships and regional
networks.

Email Rukhsana

Sophie Erin Evans

Digital Marketing Manager

My most memorable creative experience as a child was…

creating my own worlds through painting, drawing and filling notebooks full of stories and poems!

Arts for families is important because…

it celebrates that everyone sees the world in different ways.

Talk to Sophie about your
inspiring stories and
marketing
 collaborations.

Email Sophie

Daniela Gerstmann

Freelance Marketing Officer

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

Der Käsemond, a musical!
At age 10, I plagiarized it
for a puppet show about
nan’s neighbours.

Arts for families is important because…

“the arts” can be off-putting.
Family events can open
doors.

Talk to Daniela about
family listings, emojis
and how to write inviting
marketing copy.

Email Daniela

Local Family Arts Network Ambassadors

Yemi

Yemi Bolatiwa

Manchester Ambassador
Z-arts

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

using foil, highlighters and sugar to win SmashHitsUK mag’s envelope design competition, aged 11.

Arts for families is important because…

it helps them communicate with creativity!

Email Yemi

Visit Manchester
Network page

Sarah Bulmer

Derby Ambassador
QUAD

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

taking part in the local theatre groups’ annual pantomime. I got such a buzz from being on stage!

Arts for families is important because…

it introduces life skills and quality time to help us bond.

Email Sarah

Visit Derby
Network page

Ambassador Holli

Holli Graham

Cumbria Ambassador
Florence Arts Centre

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

completing a project in art class. It gave me such a sense of achievement and a boost in confidence.

Arts for families is important because…

it encompasses education, equality and accessibility to all.

Email Holli

Visit Cumbria
Network Page

Sallyanne

Sallyanne Flemons

North East Ambassador
Family Explorers

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

visiting the Titchfield Carnival every year – a proper spectacle created for and by the community.

Arts for families is important because…

it enhances wellbeing, raises ambition and makes memories.

Email Sallyanne

Visit North East England
Network page 

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Amy Ward

Bristol Ambassador
The Children’s Scrapstore

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

learning to paint and
draw with my Poppa,
inspiring a life-time
of creativity.

Arts for families is important because…

you can change lives with art.

Email Amy

Visit Bristol
Network page

Rachel

Rachel Hamer

Sunderland Ambassador
Sunderland Culture

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

folk festivals with my family being able to explore the range of art activities!

Arts for families is important because…

it brings them together in creative moments of joy.

Email Rachel

Visit Sunderland
Network page

Project Board

Cath Hume

CEO
Arts Marketing Association

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

winning second place in a Bible reading competition because I was too smiley to win first place.

Arts for families is important because…

it’s a chance to have memorable, magical experiences together.

Alison Bowyer

Executive Director
Kids in Museums

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

hearing the CBSO play Mahler’s epic third symphony in the old Town Hall in Birmingham.

Arts for families is important because…

creativity matters for everyone.

Mark Pemberton

Chief Executive
Association of British Orchestras

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

attending Carols at Kings. To hear boys of my age making such a beautiful sound inspired my love of music.

Arts for families is important because…

it brings generations together.

Gavin Barlow

CEO and Artistic Director
The Albany

Sarah Mears

Programme Manager
Libraries Connected

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

being given a neighbour’s easter egg box, which I converted into a theatre and produced many a play!

Arts for families is important because…

art connects generations and creates lifelong memories.

Robert O’Dowd

Chief Executive
Rose Theatre Kingston

My most memorable arts experience as a child was…

setting fire to my parents garage when refilling my toy train’s traction engine.

Arts for families is important because…

young people are the next generation of creatives.

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Karla Barnacle-Best

CEO
Discover Children’s Story Centre