Jill Cole, Director
Jill is well known in theatre and arts communities in the North East and nationally. Most recently Jill has been working with Arts Council England as a Relationship Manager (Theatre) and has worked for many years on a freelance basis with a wide variety of arts organisations. With her first-hand knowledge of operational and organisational dynamics within the culture sector, and a strong track record in community initiatives Jill will manage the team to deliver this exciting and ambitious Great Place Scheme initiative.
Emily Diamand, Head of Learning and Influence
Emily has been appointed to the part-time post Head of Learning and Influence and will be delivering the Northern Heartlands learning programme and will pass that learning on to policy makers and influencers in the region. Emily has significant cross-cutting experience; she has been a farm worker, an adviser and policy writer on food, farming and rural issues for national and international organisations, and is a practicing fiction writer and workshop facilitator. She has a direct and practical understanding of engaging people in the arts, including 'hard to reach' groups.
Anna Collins, Community Facilitator
Anna is a one of two Northern Heartlands Community Facilitators, she has worked in Volunteer Casting at Eleven Arches which is producing Kynren, the open air live show at Bishop Auckland, where the cast and crew is made up of 1,500 volunteers. She has worked with the local job centre engaging with special needs organisations, dance schools and theatre groups. Anna studied Building Surveying at Northumbria University. She was inspired by vernacular architecture and is frustrated by the amount of historical redundant buildings which scatter the region.
Tariq Imam, Community Facilitator
Tariq is one of two Northern Heartlands Community Facilitators, Tariq's previous roles at The Sage Gateshead, East Durham Creates, and Roots and Wings, have provided him with the experience of developing a wide range of partnerships within local communities and organisations. This enabled him to successfully deliver hundreds of workshops engaging the most challenging and disaffected groups and communities in the arts, and through this, support individuals to progress and community organisations to build capacity.
Jayne Bradley, Administrator
Jayne is the Administrator and Bookkeeper for Northern Heartlands, she is an experienced administrator in both the corporate and charitable sectors and has most recently worked as Business Support Officer for a local independent charity based in Darlington. She has considerable finance, administrative, IT and HR experience.
The project team will be supplemented by a number of commissioned artists and academics who will work with the staff and with local communities.