Meet the Ignite Chelmsford Cultural Partnership

In addition to the Member Directory, the Ignite Chelmsford Cultural Partnership was formed specifically to represent your views. Being actively involved in local organisations, networks and communities, the partners utilise their knowledge and connections to inform, challenge, and feed into strategic development opportunities. Seeking ways to support, strengthen and grow Chelmsford’s creative community.

On this page you can connect directly with the partners to raise an issue, challenge or opportunity. You can learn about how they operate and their current priorities. You can also read meeting minutes to get an update on progress and contact the Chair. 

Terms of Reference

Read up on the Partnerships full Terms of Reference.

View minutes

You can view the minutes from previous meetings.

Contact the Chair

Ask a question, request to attend the next meeting, or submit an item for the agenda.

Partner profiles

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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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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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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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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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...

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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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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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Email: hello@ignitechelmsford.org.uk

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