Creative people


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Working on IDEO's 'human factors' team has taken Lydia all over the world.

Lydia Howland, service designer

At IDEO, Lydia works with a range of designers to find out what people want and need from experiences such as air travel.


Angharad Lee, Freelance Director Creative Agent

Angharad Lee, Freelance Director, Creative Agent with Arts Council Wales, Artistic Director of Leeway Productions and Lecturer at Trinity St David.


Sofie Boons, Head of British Academy of Jewellery

Sofie’s jewellery career started at a very young age when she became interested in the art of craftsmanship. She explains her journey, what qualifications she has undertook and what tips she has for anyone wanting to get into jewellery.


John Douglass, head of special projects

John worked at Access To Music and the Armstrong Learning Group, but now works freelance in business and education. He also runs a small label, as well as continuing with song-writing and performing.


Annie Rigby, resident director

Annie Rigby is resident director at Northern Stage. After studying English, she spent time temping in an arts centre finance department before getting her big break.


Miri Birch, costume supervisor

Miri Birch studied design for the stage at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has now overseen the costuming of shows for a number of theatre companies.


Clive Lyttle, basketmaker

Clive and his partner Elaine Burke offer a broad range of traditional country craft skills that they practise, teach and demonstrate. Their business, Wellig Heritage Crafts, was established in 2004 and it operates from a smallholding on the Ards Peninsula in Northern Ireland.


Callum McCaffrey, project joiner

Callum works for the National Trust, helping to maintain and restore historic properties. He has a passion for timber and his work brings him into contact with specialist materials that are not commonly found in less sensitive construction work.


JD Hawksley, audio visual technician

JD, from Manchester, has worked as a technician since he was 21. He has no formal tech qualifications but has built up a wealth of experience.


Jonathan Man, director

After studying for a physics degree, Jonathan Man realised his passion lay in theatre. He got involved in amateur dramatics whilst teaching English in Japan, and now works as a theatre director.


Vicky Grubb, upholsterer

Vicky's love of upholstery began with night classes at her local college. She now runs her own studio, teaching upholstery classes and taking commissions for work. Vicky outlines her career journey and how you can get into upholstery.


Daniel Ainsleigh, actor and acting coach

Daniel Ainsleigh is an actor and acting coach. An interest in amateur dramatics led him to apply to drama school.


Karen Collier, fashion recruitment consultant

Karen started out working in a clothing factory, training to be a sample machinist. She then worked her way up within the fashion industry until she was running her own recruitment business. Karen explains her career journey and offers tips for getting into fashion recruitment.


Lynette Nixon, box office manager

Lynette Nixon manages the box office at Manchester's Oldham Coliseum theatre and live events venue.


Building an online portfolio helped Joe stand out

Joe Parker, Photographer and Social Media Administrator

Joe always saw photography as a hobby, but gradually he found opportunities for it to become his career. Since completing an apprenticeship with Out of Hand, Joe has started working for Garment Quarter, creating the images for their website and social media accounts.


Iconic Eye is a brand new Rock project founded by Greg Dean.

Greg Dean, musician

Greg has been playing guitar since he was 16. He shared his experiences of playing and performing in bands, up to his latest project, Iconic Eye.


Lucy Quartermaine, designer

Lucy set up her designer silver jewellery company, Lucy Q Designs, after a degree in jewellery design. She now sells her pieces to stockists in the UK and hosts a show on The Jewellery Channel.


Mole Wetherell, artistic director

Mole Wetherell trained as a designer, and is now artistic director of theatre company Reckless Sleepers.


April Skipp, marketing and development intern

April joined Yorkshire Dance as their Marketing and Development Intern. She made such an impression on them that within a year, they had created a new position in the organisation for her and she is now the Marketing Officer. In 2016 she won the Creative & Cultural Skills Intern of the Year Award.


Molly Brookfield uses the archive collection to create visually stimulating and historically significant exhibitions. Copyright: The Wiener

Molly Brookfield, exhibitions

Molly engages visitors with exhibitions on the Second World War, working with the world's oldest holocaust collection. She explains the ways that working with the archive is keeping her busy.


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