MEET THE STAFF
We are a small part-time staff team but with our Trustees, artists, volunteers and casual workers we are around 40 strong!
We now operate remotely, with us all working from home. Email any of us if you have any questions.
We look after our staff team and believe in leading with kindness. We strive for excellence in everything we do and support our staff to be able to work to their full potential.
Staff benefits include:
Cost of living increases made annually where possible and appropriate.
Pension scheme with NEST pensions of 5% employers contribution, 3% employee.
5.8 weeks holidays plus 1 year per extra between 2years- 5 years service pro-rata.
A gifted an additional days’ annual leave for birthdays.
Support for training with budget agreed each year
After studying Psychology at Sheffield University in 2002, I worked for a number of charities including Barnardo’s (mentoring young people), Safe@Last (fundraiser) and Leeds City Council (organising large arts event) before becoming CEO at Ignite Imaginations in 2008. I have previously been on the steering group for SNAP and Sheffield Arts and Wellbeing Network and board member and chair for the Sheffield Creative Guild.
I love painting, walking, climbing, generally being outside and gardening! Oh and dancing!
Mob: 07599 101228
Katie is a passionate believer in volunteering and getting involved in her local community. She has been working as Ignite Imaginations’ administrator since September 2011. Before that she had a variety of work roles, including admin, marketing and working with children and volunteers at after school and holiday clubs.
Since joining the organisation she has increased her involvement in recruiting and inducting new volunteers and uses her love or writing to publicise the organisation through press releases and social media. She enjoys working for such a creative and nurturing organisation that aims to bring art to everyone.
Vicki has been working at Ignite Imaginations for 9 years the last four of these as project co Ordinator. Throughout that time she has enjoyed working on a variety of different projects and learning more and more about the creative city of Sheffield and connecting with the different people and groups. She believes that everyone especially children deserve the opportunity to be creative and use their imagination and have a chance to think and learn through the medium or arts. It is amazing to see Children unlock their potential through just having the opportunity to be creative, equally as incredible is watching adults give themselves a chance to be creative like when they will children.
In addition to working for Ignite Imaginations Vicki is a Freelance Event Manager and works for many other organisations including Children's Media Conference, Leeds International Film Festival, Sheffield Documentary Festival and Music in the Round.
Outside of work Vicki can often be found using her imagination and singing her heart out at the various music classes available for her and her toddler in Sheffield as well as exploring the peak district and it's pubs with friends and family.
Emma firmly believes that meaningful arts and cultural experiences can positively impact lives. For over 14 years, she has managed and delivered creative learning programmes with and for people from a variety of backgrounds. Career highlights include shaping Derby Theatre's 'Learning Theatre' as their first Creative Learning Associate, working with women in prison with Clean Break Theatre Company and working in the communities of Hounslow while she managed the Creative People and Places (ACE) programme there.
Emma has previously been a Trustee for the London Waterways Partnership, Canal and River Trust. She has also volunteered for Stonewall, the leading LGBTQ+ Charity and Alzheimer's Research UK; most recently coordinating 'The Great Race for Alzheimer's' in Hull where teams of people raced for 17 hours around the city completing challenges on their journey.
In her spare time, Emma loves to try new things, adventuring with her baby, listening to stories from family and friends and reading.
Lisa looks after our marketing and communications from web updates and newsletters to press coverage and social media updates.
Lisa has a CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing and has experience in a range of sectors. Working at Ignite Imaginations has given her the opportunity to grow and develop her expertise in third sector marketing.
During her time at the organisation Lisa has been involved in the marketing of various projects ranging from virtual workshops, to the Ambassador programme and the incredible art installations and experiences of Art at the Heart and Reimagine.
One of her favourite things about the role is hearing and sharing the stories of people who have participated in an Ignite Imaginations event.
Outside of work Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, walking in the peak district, playing in Endcliffe Orchestra and being part of the Dronfield Woodhouse Well-Dressing team.