We are a team of dedicated and entrepreneurial individuals, united by our passion for the arts and their impact.
Members of the team have wide-ranging career paths. This diverse experience brings with it an enviable black book of contacts, a wealth of knowledge, and a shared vision for creating public art events that everybody can get involved with.
We have coverage the length and breadth of the country with offices in the Peak District and in West Sussex, and an extensive network of freelancers across the UK and abroad. Wherever our events are hosted we endeavour to employ local specialists. Take a look at our current opportunities.
Charlie, a former sports executive and army officer, was at the forefront of taking exhibitions of cow sculptures to cities across Europe as Managing Director of CowParade. Before setting up Wild in Art with Sally-Ann he also developed a match-funding programme to encourage sponsorship of grass root level sport, and worked with the International Tennis Federation, Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race, Royal Ascot and the World Athletics Championships. You might not be surprised to learn that he represented Great Britain in the winter sport of Skeleton.
He’s a big believer in collaborative working to make the shared vision for an event a reality. And when he’s not working in partnership with charities or cities, he’s overseeing the development of a new line of Wild in Art merchandise.
Sally-Ann founded the business with Charlie in 2008 after they worked together on CowParade Manchester. Before that she worked at Granada Television during its time when it was voted the best television company in the world. In 2016 she was recognised by Women of the Year, an initiative that celebrates and shines a light on extraordinary women.
She is passionate about widening participation in the visual arts through accessible events and creative learning programmes. One of her proudest achievements is designing a business model that brings together the commercial, public, education and artistic communities. It enables many people to connect and enjoy creativity through shared, memorable and joyful experiences.
Interim Chief Operating Officer
Simon has enjoyed an extensive career in arts management. As a tour manager and festival producer his credits include Glastonbury Festival’s Jazzworld Stage, the Urban Games, Respect and Preseli Festivals, and international tours with artists including Afro Celt Sound System and Cheikh Lo.
Working in Bosnia during and after the war in the 1990s as Director of Community Music Sarajevo, Simon became focussed on the transformative power of the arts. Back in the UK he has held senior roles in venue and theatre management during periods of significant organisational change, including more than a decade as Executive Director of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and as CEO of Buxton Opera House. When he’s not working you’ll find Simon bird watching in the wild, sometimes leading wildlife tours to Andalusia, or in the kitchen creating culinary masterpieces.
Head of Finance
A qualified Chartered Management Accountant with CIMA, Nick brings with him experience from large PLC organisations working in the contracting service sector. He’s passionate about applying his knowledge to help small businesses realise their ambitions and aspirations.
He works across the whole of Wild in Art, leading our finance function and advising all of the team (and always with a smile!). He’s a keen sports fan, participating and spectating with his two sons and cheering on Manchester United.
After art school Chris honed his craft at the BBC as a Design Assistant and worked for many years in television drama as a Production Designer at Granada TV. As a freelancer for ITV, BBC and Channel 4 he enjoyed many brushes with TV royalty, not least when he created the studio set for BAFTA award-winning sitcom The Royle Family.
In 2009 Chris created our lion sculpture for the Born Free Foundation. Pride of Kenya, Nairobi, was one of the first of many Wild in Art events he has designed sculptures for. He enjoys capturing the essence of the subject whilst considering it as a 3D blank canvas for artists. The aim – that people see the art first and then the sculpture second.
Head of Creative Development
A proud Mancunian with a talent for European languages, Ben delivered festivals, public art interventions, events, exhibitions and creative education projects throughout Europe before joining Wild in Art. This included Eurocultured Street Festival and working with funders from the EU, Arts Council England, embassies and numerous international brands. He brings to the team his vast experience working with international partners and an enviable black book of contacts.
Ben’s job is to ensure that each of our campaigns and events are as creative and effective as they can be. He loves the variety of work – no two days are ever the same – and relishes working with talented creatives who get people excited about arts and culture.
Creative, Learning, and Special Project Manager
Annie divides her time at Wild in Art supporting our event partners in realising their Learning, Arts and Community Programmes, and developing our education products and services. She also manages bespoke projects for clients that help to amplify their campaigns. It’s not unusual to find her in the painting space with a coffee in one hand, mobile phone in the other, and keeping artists and installation teams in check.
She’s a multi-disciplinary arts practitioner, having owned her own pottery studio in the West Midlands. Before entering the world of Wild in Art full-time, she supported the delivery of our events in Birmingham and worked at a public art think-tank engaging with artists and policy makers.
Ruth is a CIM-qualified marketer with a background in tourism, arts, cultural and sport event marketing, digital communications and stakeholder management. She has worked with major event partners including the BBC, Sky, British Cycling and UEFA to develop and implement multi-channel marketing campaigns for events including: BBC Proms in the Park, the Great Manchester Run, Skyride, the Sport Relief Mile and the UEFA Cup Final.
Ruth manages Wild in Art’s marketing team and is responsible for our marketing and communications strategy as well as overall branding and image. She has also project managed some of our special events and projects including The Big Hoot Auckland, the Year of the Bus sculpture trails working with Transport for London, and Stroll Discovery Trails for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
Acting Communications Manager
With a background in Public Relations for clients in the creative sectors, Sarah brings with her experience from agencies as well as the Natural History Museum and the V&A, London. Sarah is responsible for producing content to inspire our audiences and support event partners; she loves that there’s always something new to discover and share. She works across Wild in Art’s digital channels as well as traditional media, and helps the team with the latest tools and processes for streamlining workflows.
As the Wild in Art PR Lead for event partners, when she’s not helping to promote events you’ll find her with her nose in a good book or planning trips to the latest cultural must-sees.
Digital Marketing Executive
Michelle is a CIM-qualified Digital Marketer having worked in marketing and communications on both agency and client sides. As a freelancer at Wild in Art, she is charged with digital project management and is responsible for the delivery of our websites and apps for event partners. She also works with our director Charlie developing new Wild in Art merchandise.
An illustrator specialising in portrait, travel and lifestyle illustration, her work has been exhibited internationally and has been featured in books, on buildings, skateboard decks, 3D sculptures and walls across the world. Your can also see her portraits in the book 1000 Portrait Illustrations, which is available in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Kathryn has worked for several cultural organisations during her marketing and communications career, most recently for manchester jazz festival. Her experience has included planning and delivering multi-media campaigns as well as brand and audience development initiatives for the NCO – one of the country’s leading chamber orchestras; Bluecoat, Liverpool’s centre for contemporary arts; Manchester City Council’s Events Unit (where she headed up the marketing team); and the Science Museum in Manchester.
At Wild in Art Kathryn supports our business planning and recently managed an evaluation initiative. As well as being our Marketing Manager for Bee in the City, she also gets involved in the creative aspects of marketing campaign delivery. She describes it as a very varied role “in a creative and sparky team.”
After graduating in Film and Television Studies at The University of Nottingham, Kate joined the BBC’s Learning Team organising a national programme of events in conjunction with Countryfile and Springwatch, which encouraged people to engage with nature and be more active. While living down under she worked in the Marketing & Events team at Melbourne Arts Centre.
As an Account Manager Kate is responsible for the smooth running of our partnerships with charities and publishers. She’s also our Wild in Art Marketing Lead for event partners. When she’s not in the office or on the road visiting an event partner, Kate is a keen amateur potter and hopes to have a pottery studio in her back garden one day.
Finance and Operations Administrator
Currently studying for ACCA accountancy qualifications in Manchester, Jess has been with the team since its first event in Liverpool. She’s the first point of contact in the office, managing day-to-day enquiries, finding solutions, and giving advice on everything from sculpture sizes to the whereabouts of woolen socks for a Snowdog’s ears.
Jess works with the team on their budgets and expenditure, and looks after all travel and accommodation for them. Most of her work is office and paper based, but with her superhuman organisational skills it’s not unusual for her to help out the production team.
Project Finance and Administration Controller
Armed with her Law Degree Joy decided to move into accounting and hasn’t looked back since. As well as being responsible for keeping finances in check for Manchester’s Bee in the City event, she doesn’t turn a hair when asked the question, “How do you get a giant Bee sculpture into a car?” Joy works part-time with the Bee team to ensure effective financial control as well as offering operational and administrative support as the event moves into the delivery phase.
Before joining the team she was a Management Accountant mainly in the textile industry and subsequently at Co-Operative Insurance. She plays a big part in her local community’s art groups and organised the yarn bombing of a small Derbyshire town, which included teaching her local MP to knit.
Julie is our corporate communications and sponsorship specialist, empowering event partners with the tools for their sponsorship drive. Her former roles have included Head of Corporate PR for United Utilities and Head of Communications for Stobart Group. In 2011, she led the return of Widnes Vikings into Super League as its CEO and subsequently lectured at Liverpool John Moore’s University on sports management. She most recently headed up sponsorship for the International Festival for Business in Liverpool.
While leading the sponsorship drive as Head of Partnerships for Manchester’s Bee in the City event, Julie also spends her time treading the boards with her local musical theatre company.
Development Co-ordinator and Project Account Manager
Jean is a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Place Management and has helped deliver numerous events over her career – Wild in Art trails, literary festivals, Tour of Britain cycle events, opera and classical music festivals, exhibitions at London’s Earls Court and Madison Square Gardens in New York, and fundraising concerts to name just a few.
A freelance consultant, Jean loves working with our partners to help them deliver their Wild in Art events. She has experienced first-hand how our events can support people, partnerships and places to deliver positive disruptions that entertain, change perceptions, attract new visitors, and help to reverse decline. In her free time she enjoys singing in her local community choir, craft projects with her granddaughter, Tai Chi, and walking in the Peak District.
After an apprenticeship with John Lewis, Sarah proceeded to work in the fast moving travel and media industry with Disney and First Choice and then Newsquest, developing her sales, promotions and event management experience. Following a move to the charity sector she managed two major initiatives for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, and most recently for Martlets Hospice in her hometown of Brighton.
Sarah is passionate about promoting positive community and financial growth for the charity sector. Working as a freelancer she shares her expertise with our team and partners, in particular helping charities to reach their fundraising ambitions.
Sandra has a background in theatre and live events, working within production, stage and events manager roles. As a freelancer, she dons her high-vis jacket to lend her expertise to help plan and manage the logistics of sculpture installations.
She enjoys the challenge of engaging with lots of different stakeholders, city centre managers, planners and highways departments. Through seeking out interesting display locations that reflect a place’s history and charm she ensures our events take locals and visitors on a journey of discovery.