CREATIVITY CULTURE & EDUCATION - Key Persons


Claire Quinn

Job Titles:
  • Administration Assistant
After her degree in Biological Sciences and Master Degree in Environmental and Ecological Sciences, Claire worked for over 25 years as a teacher and lecturer at both universities and FE Colleges in the Midlands and North East of England. She taught mostly students over 18 years of age preparing the students for in health & science based degrees. She also taught GCSE and A level in subjects as diverse as human biology, physics and health promotion. Following early retirement she began at CCE, a chance to work in another aspect of wider education and participation with a great group of people!

David Parker

Job Titles:
  • Associate
David offers input on research and evaluation as a CCE Associate helping to generate key learning from projects and programmes. Previously, David was Director of Research at Creative and Cultural Skills, the sector skills council for the creative and cultural industries. Prior to this David was Director of Research for CCE, managing a portfolio of studies which articulated the overall impact of the early stages of the Creative Partnerships Programme. He has worked for a range of cultural bodies, including the British Film Institute where he worked as Head of Research and at Arts Council England helping to shape the monitoring and evaluation during the early stages of Creative Partnerships.

Dee Keane

Job Titles:
  • Projects Officer / PA / Company Secretary
Dee works as Project Lead for CCE for various international programmes and is an experienced trainer in CCE methodology, developing content for training and professional development programmes for teachers, quality assurance of creative learning programmes, mentoring of programme managers and staff in a range of international contexts as well as being the initial point of contact for many international enquiries and responsible for scheduling and logistics of the Director. Prior to working at CCE Dee has had a varied career which has included working for the private, public and third sectors and has previously lived and worked in Hong Kong, Germany and Canada as well as the UK.

Diane Fisher-Naylor

Job Titles:
  • Director

Fiona Mactaggart

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of Trustees for Agenda
  • Retired
Fiona Mactaggart was elected MP for Slough in 1997 and served until the general election in 2017 when she stepped down. During her time as an MP, she served on select committees on Public Administration, Children Schools and Families, Health, Public Accounts and latterly Intelligence and Security. When a member of the children, schools and families select committee she initiated a short enquiry into creativity. She founded the all-Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution and Global Sexual Exploitation and in 2012 was elected co-Chair of the all-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, a post she continued to hold until 2017. Before working in politics, Fiona was a lecturer in primary education at London University Institute of Education, having also worked as a primary teacher for many years in Southwark. Fiona is Chair of Trustees for Agenda, the charity for women and girls facing multiple disadvantages. She is also Chair of the Fawcett Society and Omnibus Theatre Clapham, and serves on the board of Commonweal Housing and is trustee of a number of family-charitable trusts

FIONA MARGARET MACTAGGART

Job Titles:
  • CONSULTANT
  • Director

JANE ELIZABETH ROBINSON - COO

Job Titles:
  • CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
  • Director

Jane Robinson - Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman
Jane joined Newcastle University in 2019. As Pro-Vice Chancellor, she leads the University's Engagement & Place Strategy, focussing on building partnerships to enhance our contribution socially, economically and culturally. Previously, Jane was Durham University's Chief Operating Officer with strategic oversight of operations and external engagement. Before taking up her position at Durham, Jane was Chief Executive of Gateshead Council. Jane also played a leading role in the establishment of the North East Combined Authority and the Commission on Health and Social Care Integration. Jane has also held leadership positions in the cultural sector, including Director of External Relations at Arts Council England, where she led major corporate initiatives that included Local Government liaison and creative industries development. Jane holds an MBA and Master's and Bachelor's degrees in English Literature. She is also a Fellow of the RSA; in addition to chairing Creativity, Culture and Education, she is Co-chair of the North East Cultural Partnership and holds non-executive positions with a number of organisations, including the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Centre for Life, and the Tyne Community Learning Trust.

Johanne Clifton

Job Titles:
  • Executive Principal at Billesley Primary School
  • Head of Curriculum & Virtual Learning, the Elliott Foundation
  • System Leader
Johanne Clifton was until recently the Executive Principal at Billesley Primary School, an outstanding school in Birmingham. She has been a headteacher for over 16 years all in schools in challenging circumstances. Johanne's love of language and the power of story were what brought her into education and this has remained her central belief throughout her career and informed her practice. She is now working with leaders to ensure that the curriculum is rooted in local community contexts and driven by a powerful commitment to social justice. Johanne is an experienced system leader, working as a National Leader of Education in partnership with a number of schools and MATs, a lead inspector for Ofsted with a particular interest in SEND and a school governor in two schools in the West Midlands. She is a passionate advocate of the Arts in education and is a board member for a number of organisations including Stan's Cafe Theatre and Soul City Arts.

JOHANNE MICA CLIFTON

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • HEADTEACHER

Katy Milne

Job Titles:
  • Programme Manager

Laurence Newman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of Grove End Housing Ltd
Laurence is currently the Chairman of Grove End Housing Ltd which owns two large mansion flat buildings in St John's Wood, London, containing more than 400 apartments. Laurence was a member of the Advisory Board of the Foundation, a consulting firm, for several years and was also a Trustee of Comic Relief between 1997 and 2010. He is currently a member of the Comic Relief Investment Committee.

LAURENCE RICHARD SIMON NEWMAN

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT

Marie Othilie Hundevadt

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Marie completed her Bachelor degree in Drama and Theatre in 2010 from Oslo University College, and she is also trained as a teacher. She is currently working as a freelance Actor and Director, Creative Agent and Educator. As an actress she has been engaged in among others Claire de Wangen's performance ‘Messels Memorandum', Vegard Vinge and Ida Muller's ‘The Wild Duck' and the NIE performance ‘Museum of Memories' and she is a permanent member of the arts collective ‘The Great Pretenders'. She is currently working as a Creative Agent for both the Cultural Rucksack (DKS) in Oppland and Trondheim, she is a Director for the Youth Theatre TGP ungdom's current production ‘Hamlet' as well as being at home with her baby girl Anna.

MARK LEWIS EMMERSON - CEO

Job Titles:
  • CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
  • Director

Nia Richards

Job Titles:
  • Programme Manager
Nia has 13 years' experience working in secondary schools and further education in North Yorkshire and Wales, as well as being a visiting specialist to primary schools. As a department and subject lead, she reformed programmes to improve learner engagement and outcomes. In 2015, Nia became the Regional Lead for a Welsh Government and Arts Council of Wales national creative learning programme. She supported over 150 primary, secondary and special schools, and their teachers, to enter the programme, explore creative teaching and learning approaches and transform their practice. She has an M.A in Practitioner Research; her research on dialogic feedback instigated her passion for democratic education and action research and she is keen to help teachers bridge the gap between theory and practice. In 2020 she founded an educational social enterprise which helps schools to innovate and develop partnerships in their communities, before joining CCE part-time in October 2021.

Paul Collard

Job Titles:
  • Associate

Paul Gorman

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Paul has worked in cultural and creative education for over 15 years. After completing a BA Hons in Community Arts in 2001 he has fulfilled a variety of roles including Theatre Maker, Project Director, Creative Adventurer (made up term), Lecturer and Agent of Danger. Paul proudly calls Glasgow his home. A city once defined by industry and violence is now, thanks to its social and cultural regeneration, thriving with creativity and possibility. it is this connection to his city that has provided an implicit understanding of the role and purpose of the arts and artists within wider socio-political contexts. Paul established the company ‘Hidden Giants' in 2014 to carry out experiments in learning contexts: from nurseries to universities. He lives with his partner, step son and daughter.

PETER SEAN O'HARA - Secretary

Job Titles:
  • Company Secretary

Sophie Hadaway

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Sophie is passionate about an education which nurtures and empowers children and young people as well as those who teach them and the communities in which they live. She is currently Project Lead for the Creative Learning programme at the Arts Council of Wales - a nationwide programme co-funded by the Welsh Government seeking to encourage teachers to explore creative approaches to teaching and learning, develop pupil engagement and deliver national education priorities. The scheme provides ongoing professional development in situ enabling schools to embrace whole school change. Her main areas of focus currently centre around developing leadership practice and co-designing an Early Years creative learning programme. Sophie started her career as a primary and middle school teacher in London having gained her PGCE at the Institute of Education following a degree in the arts. She taught in London and West Wales before joining the education advisory team. Here her roles included Art and Design advisor and co-delivery of county wide developments such as the Assessment for Learning programme, the ACTS metacognition initiative and system leadership in curriculum development and innovation. In 2012 Sophie became an external mentor on the Masters in Educational Practice in Wales, a Welsh Government funded Masters programme for early career teachers across Wales. Her areas of interest include professional development through reflective practice and honest dialogue, creative bravery, our common language and our connection to ourselves, each other and our surroundings. Sophie is in the final stages of studying for an MPhil - her research is focused on creative practitioner dialogue and exploratory ways of learning.

STEPHAN VINCENT-LANCRIN

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

STEPHANIE ELAINE BIRD - CHRO

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • HR DIRECTOR

Steven Grainger

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Artist
Steven is an artist and a lecturer in fine art at City of Glasgow College. He studied Sculpture and Environmental Art at The Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2012. He makes sculpture and image-based works exploring the imaginative potential of a range of materials including steel, plaster, canvas, photocopies and polyurethane foam. He has exhibited his work in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Berlin, Sydney and London. For the past ten years he has worked with artists to plan and develop exhibitions of their work, realise outdoor public artworks and produce museum projects in the UK and internationally at spaces including Kunstmuseum Basel, Rhode Island School of Design and Tate Britain. He has been involved with artist run spaces and is a committee member of Glasgow Project Room; an artist run gallery which encourages experimentation, collaboration and productive failure. Steven was involved in establishing the GPR Summer Graduate Residency in 2021 which supports and mentors recent graduates to establish their creative practice outside of a formal educational setting. With CCE, Steven worked as an artist on the original Art of Learning pilot delivered in Ayrshire and has contributed to the program by developing and producing content for a version of the project being delivered in Norwegian and Hungarian schools in 2021-23.

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin

Job Titles:
  • Deputy Head
Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin is a deputy head of division and senior analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Stéphan's work mainly focuses on innovation in education, notably how digitalisation may transformg education, and on education for innovation, including work on arts education, metacognition, and how to improve education by fostering and assessing creativity and critical thinking as part of existing curricula. He works on all levels of education, from schooling to higher education and beyond. Among his recent publications are Fostering Students' Creativity and Critical Thinking: What it Means in School, Art for Art's Sake? The Impact of Arts Education and Measuring Innovation in Education 2019: What Has Changed in the Classroom?

Sugata Mitra

Job Titles:
  • Professor
Katy has extensive experience of building and maintaining strategic partnerships and developing creative programmes that enable arts, culture and educational development regionally, nationally and internationally. She has cultivated educational practice through an enquiry based approach to creative learning and professional development. This work has had a positive impact on teaching and learning outcomes across a wide range of schools and networks. Katy was approached directly by TED prize winner Professor Sugata Mitra to create and develop one of the original seven "School in the Cloud" labs where she worked directly with over 14,000 educators internationally. This enabled Katy to form working relationships and links in India, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and produced an 18 month secondment as Creative Consultant Director for OneSchool based in Leamington Spa working across educational settings globally to develop creative learning. In her most recent role Katy has worked across South Tyneside where she developed a new Cultural Strategy and established a strategic Cultural Partnership. Katy was previously Director of Arts and Creativity at Greenfield Arts for 16 years where she led an arts organisation and arts centre facility and co created creative opportunities across educational and wider community settings across the North East England. Katy facilitated opportunities for creative learning in her role as senior leader at Greenfield Community College which included developing and embedding the work of Creative Partnerships across the school and school networks. Katy's work provides the conditions for people to think differently, explore ideas creatively and be inspired.