Member Directory

Our growing Member Directory contains a wealth of amazing people connecting, creating, collaborating, inspiring and seeking support from one another. We all work towards the same goal of igniting a passion for Chelmsford’s creative ambitions.

No matter where you live, if you work, volunteer, or study in the creative and cultural industries or have skills in the field of work, help us expand Chelmsford’s cultural identity and sign up now.

Darryl Butcher

Darryl Butcher

DJ, remixer, artist, curator and working-class Essex bloke who now works in Schools and Colleges.

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Steve Bushell

Steve Bushell

I work mainly with card cut-outs creating bold colourful images, mainly for private commission as well as popping up in magazines from time to time.

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Lynne Foster

Lynne Foster

I am Chair of the Ignite Chelmsford Cultural Partnership and a trustee of Chelmsford CVS and Keene Homes a local almshouse.

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Jonathan Harvey Thomas

Jonathan Harvey Thomas

Welsh man living in Essex. I am the Head of The Art Department at Chelmsford County High School who is passionate for all things creative.

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Paul Dupree

Paul Dupree

I’m a presenter and producer at Chelmsford Community Radio. Part of my remit for the shows I present is to champion new music in the area, by encouraging artists to appear and perform on the show…

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Marina Tripaldi

Marina Tripaldi

I am a humanitarian worker, passionate about social works, arts, music and dance. I speak 4 languages and I would like to support local groups to promote inclusion & diversity in Chelmsford

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Liz Perry

Liz Perry

I am an Interior Designer who graduated with Honors at KLC School of Design, London and I am an Associate Member of BIID. I head Knight Design Interiors and initiated Knight Design Creates in 2021 adding a sustainable and educational element to the services we offer.

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Gareth Roberts

Gareth Roberts

Professionally a Design Director specialising in Packaging and brands for the last 18 years. Originally from Staffordshire, I studied Graphic Design BA (Hons) at Norwich School of Art & Design (Now NUAC) before moving to London in 2003 to pursue a career in the Design Industry.

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Elaine Tribley

Elaine Tribley

I’m a Chelmsford based freelance artist and designer working predominatly in the public realm with projects ranging from large scale public art to community collaborations.

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Ben Stanbury

Ben Stanbury

I’m a graphic designer and run my agency Prosper, which specialises in naming and brand identity design from professional service firms. I grew up and lived around Chelmsford and I’ve been involved with creating artwork and designs for the festival scene in the city for several years.

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Heather Davis

Heather Davis

I am the Curriculum Team Leader for Performing Arts at The Sandon School Chelmsford and am also proud to be a member of the LCEP Steering Group representing education. At The Sandon School, I manage the dance, drama, film and music departments.

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Austen Cordasco

Austen Cordasco

Professionally, I assist with the start-up and development of co-operatives, social enterprises and community businesses. I make digital art for fun, using fractals and artificial intelligence particularly.

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Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes

I set up and ran Sing Out Loud, a community singing group for unsure and beginner singers in Chelmsford and Colchester, from 2008-2019.

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Christian Mann

Christian Mann

I work as Community Engagement Coordinator for InterAct, an Essex based charity that provides short break, clubs and activities for young people with SEND. I’m intrigued about how we could involve the young people that use our services within the LCEP sphere.

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Chloe Stearman

Chloe Stearman

Hello, my name is Chloe. I am a photographer based in Chelmsford, Essex. After achieving my degree in BA (Hons) Photography at the University of Suffolk, I continue to make work surrounding my interests of sociological, psychological and nature based topics.

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Tony Morrison

Tony Morrison

Manchester lad with over 25 years experience as freelance Creative Producer. Along with delivering projects across a range of art forms, including Music, Dance & Visual Arts, I am also Co-founder & Creative Director of Chelmsford Festival, Co-Director of The Hermit Club and Co-founder & Director of The Essex Music Development Agency

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Tillie Peel

Tillie Peel

I am the founder of The Pop-Up Club, we run pop-up shops, events and markets around Essex and the U.K.

I love learning, and the growth through trial and error. I have knowledge around event management, business, marketing and retail.

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Candy Joyce

Candy Joyce

Not bad at art. Not good at bios.I am a freelance designer and illustrator under the name Flipping Zombies.I was the curator at Window Gallery.I am the founder of Chelmsford Creative Collective.I am currently project manager for Concrete Canvas, Chelmsford’s first street art festival.

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Rachel Moss

Rachel Moss

ARU public engagement are keen to promote and support education, exchange knowledge, provide resources for the wider community and be good neighbours.

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Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes

I’m a great drinker of tea. In my spare time I work with the community and workmates on putting on killer events in our Venue and various locations throughout Chelmsford and occasionally wider afield.

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Elspeth Manders

Elspeth Manders

Fine artist, specialising in oil painting and murals. Interested in commissions and community art initiatives. Experience working collaboratively and independently on projects.

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Orit Sutton

Orit Sutton

We are a professional ballet company creating and touring shows for children and family audiences.
We tour widely to venues including schools, libraries, festivals and theatres.
Support connecting with schools would be greatly appreciated.

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Jon Hughes

Jon Hughes

At Hot Box we provide live entertainment, a bar and a Skate Shop to the people of Chelmsford. We also do outdoor events such as the upcoming ‘The Stables Summer Series’, music in the high street in the summer and Hylands Farmers Market. Available for Bar Hire for Outdoor events/Small Festivals.

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David Whitehead

David Whitehead

I am the (elected) head of the town twinning association in Backnang dealing with Chelmsford (I grew up in Chelmsford!). I am very keen to push any links between the two communities forward as each has a lot to offer the other. By trade, I’m a freelance translator, but am also head of the foundation governors of the local primary school and maintain excellent connections to the administrations at both ends, to the local schools, church, youth organisations, etc.

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Mary Davies

Mary Davies

I am a movement director, facilitator and choreographer and work with a range of abilities. I particularly enjoy collaborating and producing work with community participants and am presently researching how best to translate dance and movement from a live context to film.

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Nick Garner

Nick Garner

I am a musician, promoter, co publisher of the City Times. I am an ideas person and doer. I started the Chelmsford Festival and been involved in music for 50 years. I was a fundraising manager for two charities. Now at 68 I can’t stop I have ideas I put on and play music and publish the City Times with Paul.I love this place Chelmsford and just want to make it great.

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Denholm Ellis

Denholm Ellis

I work at Hot Box situated in the Viaducts under the arches. My role is to book events managing our busy calendar both inside and outside of the venue. I love bringing something different to the City and get plenty of international touring bands to play at the venue.

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Jim Crozier

Jim Crozier

I am the co-owner of Counter Culture Games, Chelmsford’s Friendly Local Game Shop, and I am passionate about promoting the hobby of tabletop gaming and its many social and mental health benefits.

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Amelia Clapham

Amelia Clapham

I am a music therapist and founder of Ace Music Therapy CIC. I am passionate about the power of music therapy to transform lives and am always up for spreading the word about the benefits of music therapy!
Always looking for new partnerships and new opportunities to showcase the power of music therapy.

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Leanne Johnson

Leanne Johnson

I founded The Chelmsford Drama Centre in 2017. After working as a professional actor and teaching for performing arts companies across Essex and London, I felt that there was no company or theatre school that catered purely for students interested in only acting. It was also a deep passion of mine to make sure students were always treated with respect and kindness by teachers and fellow students.

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Andrew Fergus

Andrew Fergus

I am a photographic artist with an interest in alternative landscape and conceptual photography. I was recommended this group by another member and am keen to network alongside other creatives

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Josh Heather

Josh Heather

I’m an Architectural Designer and run my practice Hearth Design Studio with a goal to someday work on community led projects. I’ve recently been trying to start up the Chelmsford Community Land Trust, a self-build affordable housing project in the City.

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Matilda Obasek

Matilda Obasek

I’ m an Author and influencer. Passionate about empowerment young adults from all ethnicity. I do have an online platform called Changing the Narratives

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Rachana Vaja

Rachana Vaja

I joined Chelmsford’s Cultural Education Partnership as programme manager in March 2022. My background stems from community arts and I spent the last 10 years teaching secondary art and design as well as leading cultural arts in schools.

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Paul Mclean

Paul Mclean

I wear many hats! The hat in my profilce picture is by far the worst one!
Work wise I run a web design company called Chelmer Web Design and also run the Moulsham Times magazine and co-run the CIty Times too. Volunteer wise I present a 90s show on CCR every Thursday and am a committee member for Chelmsford Civic Society which runs Heritage Open Days each year and organises talks on all things history!

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Tracy Wise

Tracy Wise

I am an award winning storytelling magician weaving together stories of history and myster to create unique, interactive shows, workshops and talks. As an experienced speaker and published author I aim to use mystery and magic to bring history back to life.

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Claire Gevaux

Claire Gevaux

I’m an independent consultant working across the arts to help and empower artists and arts organisations grow. I’m currently interim Executive Director for Chelmsford Cultural Development Trust (Culture Chelmsford) and a strategic advisor to a City of Culture bid team.

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Vanessa Brett

Vanessa Brett

I’m a creative millinery designer specialising in both occasion headpieces and hats to wear everyday.

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Georgia Farrell

Georgia Farrell

I’m a designer working predominantly in the hand knitting industry. I create architecturally inspired designs for hand knitting and work with yarn companies and publishers to create modern knitting patterns and books that are sold worldwide.

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Sade Fadipe

Sade Fadipe

I’ve been a Published Children’s Author since 2016. My first book was written while working as a Reading Advocate, during a period of sojourning

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Lily Streames

Lily Streames

Lily is the Director and Founder of Essex Film Collective which is a network of professionals working across the TV and Film industry that are based in Essex.
Lily is also an Actor, writer and freelance producer.

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Jimmy

Jimmy

I’m a surreal artist(non professional). I have been painting/drawing for over 40 years now. I would like to get more involved in activities in Chelmsford

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Rose Merchant

Rose Merchant

Hi my name is Rose Merchant. I have always had a passion for the arts particularly within events, photography and fashion. After obtaining my BA in Contemporary Art & Design ((Writtle University) and Fashion Promotion (Ravensbourne University), I joined the Art Place....

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Dan Baker

Dan Baker

I’m a freelance filmmaker, director, screenwriter, editor, educator and author. I’m passionate about creative storytelling…

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Helen Mariner

Helen Mariner

I am an artist living in Essex, offers workshops in drawing and painting skills, watercolour, silverpoint and pen and ink, plus tuition in drawing, silverpoint, watercolour and other art skills.

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Billie Bond

Billie Bond

My name is Billie Bond, I am a sculptor and recently elected member Royal Society of Sculptors and Society of Portrait Sculptors.

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Daniel Screen

Daniel Screen

Born in Cardiff, Wales, 1989. Lived in Essex since 1991 ​I am a broad artist and designer with art and design work that spans over a decade. I undertake drawings and paintings, and 3D computer design. ​My creativity stems from mainly working in 2D in Sharpie, Pen,...

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Diana Mayo

Diana Mayo

I am an illustrator now based in Chelmsford having moved from London with my family. I am commissioned by a broad spectrum of clients across the publishing, design and editorial industries. My next illustrated picture book will be published by MacMillan US, called...

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Shane Ibbs

Shane Ibbs

I am a professionally trained Oral Storyteller with International experience in, Morocco, Holland, Northern Ireland and Canada. Most of my work is in the UK, part of my work is at Festivals, such as; the Cambridge Folk Festival, ‘Kenya in The Park’ (largest festival...

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Lynn Excell

Lynn Excell

I am a qualified F.E teacher and visual artist that also crafts, writes and takes photos. I am founder member and admin of Chelmsford Creative Collective, and have been part of the Ignite community since it started.

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Lynne Blackburn

Lynne Blackburn

I am an artist / printmaker and, along with my partner Ian Bailey, I own and run both Hippo Screenprinters and Essex Print Studio from our studios in Margaretting. We create screen print editions for artists, art galleries, publishers and designers and we also have 6...

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Ben Collinson

Ben Collinson

I have loved DJing from a young age. I love all genres of music and have my own collection of vinyls. I live in Chelmsford and have lived in Chelmsford my whole life. After leaving school after my GCSEs I attended Colchester Institute working on my other other main passion – filming.

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Amy Knight

Amy Knight

I am a Science Teacher and STEM Co-ordinator in an Essex secondary. ​Alongside this, I regularly engage in various community projects through my position in the Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society whereby we link education, public and local authority to promote STEM.

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Nikki Wilson

Nikki Wilson

I am a facilitator and strategy advisor supporting projects building a future based on participation, collective action and creativity. I’m an avid promoter of lifelong and peer-based learning and love to help people make good things happen. I’m constantly inspired by the people I meet through Ignite and their energy, talent and ideas.

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Sofia Rojas

Sofia Rojas

I am currently the manager of the Art Place Pop-Up. I enjoy creating and curating exhibitions, supporting artists (especially young emerging ones) and event planning with a community based focus that is diverse and intersectional.

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Bucky Ringsell

Bucky Ringsell

I am a non-binary writer, artist, presenter, journalist, public speaker and LGBTQA+ educator. I also ran and owned Dark Side Comics for six wonderful years.

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Councillor Natacha Dudley

Councillor Natacha Dudley

I am a Liberal Democrat member of Chelmsford City Council, Deputy for Community Engagement and I have lived in Chelmsford for twenty years.

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Sangita Mittra

Sangita Mittra

I am a local resident, business owner and founder member of New Generation Development Agency –currently run by young people with a primary objective to support young people of colour, who experience barriers to integration, safety, achievement, and racism. Current...

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Luis Chaves Lopes

Luis Chaves Lopes

I am the Director of the Chelmsford Fringe Festival. With a passion for supporting and promoting artists, creatives and everyone working in the performing arts- on stage and backstage, working with and supporting the community.

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Michelle Durant

Michelle Durant

I am part of Chelmsford Community Radio CIC – a vibrant not for profit radio station which broadcasts to the Chelmsford area on 104.4 FM as well as online and on app.

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Hayley Wells

Hayley Wells

I am a Chelmsford-based illustrator with an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art.

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Garry Ormes

Garry Ormes

I work at Chelmsford City Theatres as the Visitor Experience Manager, I am the Chair and organiser of Essex Pride, having been involved since it began in 2003. In the spirit of pride, our aim is to celebrate diversity and encourage community cohesion.

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Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright

DJ, musician, promoter. Managing director of Blicken Synths Ltd, Director Of Programming at Resonance HQ CIC, co-founder of Chelmsford Underground, founder of Night Comms

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Paul Wilkinson

Paul Wilkinson

I started studio 808 in 2014 and it has gone from strength to strength ever since. Studio 808 provides recording sessions, mixing & mastering service, a DJ practice room, a wide range of courses and an online radio station.

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Katie Deverell

Katie Deverell

I love bringing people together to help make things happen and I am looking forward to exploring new collaborations and opportunities.

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Adrian Deakes

Adrian Deakes

I am currently Outreach Project Coordinator for the Ideas Hub, Chelmsford. I previously worked in three large local schools before becoming Education Manager of the V&A Museum’s Theatre Museum in Covent Garden for six years.

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Amber Nyoni

Amber Nyoni

I am a public health practitioner working for Chelmsford City Council supporting the Local Authority’s approach to public health. Over the last 4 years I have been involved in a wide variety of projects supporting the development and delivery of the City Council’s district-wide Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

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Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller

I am an Ignite Chelmsford Cultural Partner and have been involved as a volunteer and trustee in local charities and community groups for over 30 years, alongside my day to day work responsibilities.

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Marc De’ath

Marc De’ath

I am Cultural Services Manager at Chelmsford City Council, responsible for Museums, Theatres, Events and Cultural Partnerships. I am passionate about ideas, collaboration, creativity, sustainability and social justice.

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Samantha Humphreys

Samantha Humphreys

Born in Liverpool, England, I am a Senior Lecturer at Writtle University College, Essex on the BA (Hons) Art and the Environment course. 

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Sara Tupper

Sara Tupper

I am currently the BID Manager and am very passionate about supporting the city centre and the amazing businesses we have here.

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Lucian Tanasa

Lucian Tanasa

My name is Lucian Tanasa, I am from Romania and have lived in the UK for 3 years. I have previously run children’s TV and media Projects.

Since moving to Chelmsford I have started to set up a CLUB4 “parents with children & children with parents over 50” called “BalloonLAND – Partyuk”

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