Meet the Creative and Cultural Company team!
We have a Board of Trustees with a range of skills and experiences to oversee what we do and help us achieve our aims:
Richard Lees – Chair
Louise Duffy Howard
Staff Representative (John Bark, Administrator)
Chief Executive Officer – Alan Raw
Project Co-ordinator – Darren Squires
3 paid staff members
Curators Committee – Alison Slack, Alan Raw, Andrew Quinn and guest curators
Urban and hip-hop arts curator – Altu Collingwood
…and a pool of around 20 brilliant volunteers.
If you would like to join us as a volunteer please contact us
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Alan Raw, CEO – Alan is a Hull based Arts professional. CEO of The Creative & Cultural Company; developing cultural partnership projects locally & internationally (currently co-developing the In&At photographic project with the European Capitals of Culture 2016 to 2018). Creative Director of Hull International Photography Festival (#HIPphotofest), Curator of The HIP Gallery & Studios. Currently also in 15th year as a BBC Presenter/producer. Started and host the BBC Introducing Stage at Leeds Festival (11 years). Work at many events as a Photographer including Womad for over 20 years. Patron of Hull Folk Festival. Drummer in endoflevelbaddie & Celtarabia, Chair of the World Drumming Network. ManIGER of @IGERS_hull the official Instagram group for Hull supported by InstagramersUK. Hull University Graduands Marshall. Previously produced & location managed for MTV, BBCi & BBC2 and taught Camera Skills for BBC. Youth & Community Arts Facilitator & Event Manager since 1992. Outreach Coordination at an Arts Council NPO in Doncaster, Managing a Creative People and Places funded project & 5 strands of development including Music Industry Yorkshire. Specialties: Creative solutions, connecting people & international relations. Photography/Music/Art/Creative/Cultural Industries. Experienced Social Enterprise Director & CEO developing sustainable business through creative strategy, partnership, collaboration, resource management and a passion the arts. Session Drummer/Percussionist supported by RhythmTech, RegalTip & Dream Cymbals & Founder member of The World Drumming Network. 25 years experience in community and youth arts. In social & formal education, street work teams, youth centres, rural mobile units and galleries. Award winning new music radio presenter & television shorts, plus Camera Skills tutor and location manager for the BBC. NLP Master Practitioner & Emergent Knowledge Coach
Darren Squires – Creative Director. Community arts and media specialist, focusing on media, music, digital arts and performance. My goal is to produce professional content while remaining inclusive and having a community focus. my week can range from working with 5 year old in a primary school to producing a corporate video. I also promote and support the use of Open Source software. Community Arts Arts Facilitation community projects Specialties: Free and Open Source Software. Education Professional development tv/film
Louise Duffy-Howard – Chair of Board – Lou is best known as a musician and has a background in community engagement, communications, equality & diversity and managing multi-agency partnerships including Hull700 and Wilberforce 2007. With excellent experience of working with the private and public sector, voluntary and community groups, Lou has worked with art, culture, and music organisations. She represented projects via national media – BBC, ITV, Channel 4. Lou is currently one half ofRich & Lou’s Loudhailer, vocalist with the Loudhailer Electric Co. and has devised and managed heritage and music projects My Ancestors were French & The Auricula Suite. http://loudhailer.net/
Altu Collingwood / Zulu Flowrex joins the Creative and Cultural Organisation as the Curator of Hip Hop and Urban Arts. By day Altu is an events professional currently managing Alumni Events at the University of Hull with experience running large scale music and sports arena’s including London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Flowrex also has 18 years of experience in being involved with Hip Hop from being a Bboy to programming, managing and presenting large scale hip hop events including the Tear It Up International Bboy Championships, Floornography and the 40th Anniversary of Hip Hop tour featuring Grand Master Flash, Dj Afrika Bambaataa and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def). Flowrex is the creator of Hip hop organisation “Soul Powered” and is an honoured inductee to the world renowned “Universal Zulu Nation” which is Hip Hop’s founding organisation and has continually been involved in mentoring emerging hip hop artists UK and abroad through such initiatives as the Roots and Routes International Arts Exchange in countries such as Spain, France and Germany.
Jim Rawe – Jim’s background is in education. He has worked as an FE college lecturer and manager, in professional development for teachers and for 2 exam boards. He jointly set up and managed a national training and consultancy business working with FE and HE and he is currently a Director of company that specialises in training non-teaching staff in schools. He has a long standing interest in the arts, especially inventive music and documentary film.
Sophie Duffill, PA to the CEO
John Bark volunteer coordinator and Administrator. John is a retired IT manager, regular volunteer in the galleries, from day one.