We are supported by a board of  dedicated and  passionate Trustees who volunteer their time to ensure we are working within our communities in the most professional and purposeful way.   If you  are interested in becoming a Trustee  please contact

Laura Holmes
Board Member
"I joined the Ignite Imaginations board in spring 2019 having worked with some of the team in my previous event management roles with Sheffield Food Festival and Illuminate the Gardens. I am currently General Manager at Third Angel theatre company and have been involved in lots of different voluntary organisations, boards and management committees over the years. I hope to be able to make a contribution to the excellent work that Ignite does in our city".
Justin Banks
Safeguarding Officer

"A relative newcomer to the board, my passion for creative education and expanding children’s experiences of and with the arts are what drive me. I’ve been a secondary school teacher for 25 years and continue to push for students to gain a fully rounded education. I endeavour to provide opportunities for partnerships between schools and artists and schools and creative arts organisations."


Oliver Mantell
Chair of The Board

"I have been a board member of Ignite Imaginations for four years and became chair of the board in September 2016. I also work at the Audience Agency as one of their Directors of Consultancy, leading on marketing and audience development consultancy services. 

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Sue Ransom

Board Member

"Since retiring from senior management in Further Education, I have been a primary school governor and remain a Trustee of Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust (SIMT)

I am delighted to join the Board of Ignite Imaginations to help to support the wide range of creative projects. I am particularly interested in engaging older people and intergenerational initiatives."

Kellie Gamble
Board Member

"I have 20 years’ experience of working in the Arts and with a range of clients with multiple needs in Third Sector settings. My own Arts background is theatre and singing, and I have worked as a Theatre Practitioner and Drama therapist.I have also held roles in Community Arts Development, and I am currently the Arts Coordinator for Crisis Skylight South Yorkshire, part of Crisis, the national homeless charity."