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Sevra Davis and Rebecca Ford accepted the award on behalf of the team. Credit: James Fletcher

RSA Student Design Awards team

The RSA Student Design Awards have been running for 93 years, helping young designers develop their skills and gain employment. In 2017 the team behind the programme were awarded the Creative & Cultural Skills Design Skills Award.


Music management is a tough industry and you have to be committed to your artists.

Chris Collins, band manager

Chris Collins has a long background working with artists in roles that see him travelling the world. He shares what the music industry is really like and why it's a great place to be.


Catherine used the marketing skills she picked up in the food industry to move into selling jewellery.

Catherine D’Arcy, managing director

Catherine set up her jewellery sales company, Corazon Latino, after bringing back a number of handmade designs from Mexico. The company works with designers from all over the world.


Holly Barradell, development manager

Holly is in charge of developing drama and drama teaching at Trinity College London.


Darren Joyce, Pennaeth Gweithrediadau

Darren Joyce, Pennaeth Gweithrediadau, Cardiff Theatrical Services.


Steve Cheney, stage manager

Steve Cheney has managed the main stages at Glastonbury, Latitude, Big Chill and Leeds festivals.


Jayne Lewis, creative director

Jayne Lewis is creative director for the award winning Unanima Theatre. She is also a teacher and playwright.


Holly Haste, creative apprentice

Holly Haste works as an apprentice for Neon Street where she runs events, oversees projects and researches new musical talent. She told us about what her apprenticeship involves day-to-day, while her employer outlined his experiences of taking on an apprentice.


Emily Charles, creative apprentice

Emily Charles is a creative apprentice for a contemporary theatre organisation.


Elspeth Murray, Poet and Wordsmith

Poem: This Is Bad Enough

Elspeth Murray recites her poem that was included at the International Initiative in Mental Health Leadership Conference in Edinburgh, where she conducted poetry workshops.


Ed Cooper, electrician

Ed Cooper, from London, is a stage electrician. Trained in stage management, he has worked on several West End musical theatre shows.


Mole Wetherell, artistic director

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


Ceurwyn Humphreys, live events apprentice

Ceurywn Humphreys talks about learning events management as an apprentice with It’s my Shout Productions.


Nikki helps understand the needs of the client and works with the designers to deliver the right solution.

Nikki Barker, client services director

Nikki started off in branding and print design. After realising her skills were more people- and process-focused, she moved over into client services.


Toby Hinson, singing coach and performer

After getting a part in Grease, Toby launched a long career in musical theatre. He now teaches singing and still performs with a band.


Di Spalding, scenic artist

Di Spalding has been working as a scenic artist for 25 years. She is self-employed and works from her own studio, creating scenery for theatrical sets.


Mark Collins, musical director

Mark is a freelance musical director, with both TV and stage credits on his CV. He is also a musical arranger, composer, and vocal coach.


Leigh Johnstone, artistic director

As artistic director of Fluid Motion Theatre Company, Leigh Johnstone makes sure the theatre the company creates reflects its aims.


Simon Pascoe, arts company director

Simon Pascoe is director of environmental arts company Red Earth. As a former actor, he says creativity is vital to success.


Tim Marston, fire performer

Tim Marston is a fire performer. With his company, Juggling Inferno, he performs at events all over the UK and worldwide.


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