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.  Below are  more details about what we  get up to day to day. Email any of us if you have any questions. 



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.




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.

Outside of Ignite Imaginations I have been involved in running Sharrow Lantern Carnival since 2006 and co-manage the craft brewery On the Edge.

I love painting, walking, climbing, generally being outside and gardening! Oh and dancing!

Mob: 07599 101228

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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.


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Susannah is a maternity cover for the Project Coordinator.  She helps coordinate the delivery of our creative projects by liaising with and supporting partners and artists.  

In a rewarding 13 years working in the community, Susannah has found her background in history, librarianship, teaching and community development, alongside marketing, have all come into play.  

Highlights have been: a lively Fun Palace in 2018 with ShipShape Community Hub; a playful Coproduction session for a Community Hub in Chesterfield, and supporting the development of Israac Centre and Multimedia Hub.

Susannah loves to hear other people’s creative ideas, whether for creating artwork, new projects or ways of doing things.   She is delighted to be part of Ignite’s mission.  

For leisure, Susannah loves to walk in Derbyshire, write songs and join in the community singing group she helped set up.  Family and friends are central, but reading is important, as is soaking up a range of art and entertainment especially where there’s a great story!




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.