Meet the team

We are a team of dedicated and entrepreneurial individuals, united by our passion for events, 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.


Charlie Langhorne
Managing Director and Co-founder

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 Wilkinson 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.

Charlie is a UK based member of the British New Zealand Business Association (BNZBA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Email: | Twitter: @WIA_Charlie

Ben Reed
Head of Creative Development

Ben ReedA 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.

Email: | Twitter: @WIA_Ben



Ruth McAllister
Marketing Director

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.

Email: | Twitter: @WIA_Ruth


Nick Byrne
Business Director

nick byrneA 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.




Julie Gaskell
Head of Partnerships

Julie GaskellJulie 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 headed up sponsorship for the International Festival for Business in Liverpool.

Julie recently led the sponsorship drive as Head of Partnerships for Manchester’s Bee in the City event. Outside of work she enjoys treading the boards with her local musical theatre company.




Annie Laughrin
Art and Education 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.

Email: | Twitter: @WIA_Annie



Kate O’Callaghan
Project Manager

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 Events team at Melbourne Arts Centre.

As a Project Manager Kate is responsible for the smooth running of some of the events we produce ourselves. She’s also our Wild in Art Marketing Lead for event partners & Marketing Manager for Wild in Art produced events. When she’s not in the office or on the road visiting an event partner, Kate owns a coffee van and can be found at markets and events across the North West.

Email: | Twitter: @WIA_Kate



Michelle Turton
Digital Project Manager

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.




Sarah Harvey
Senior Project Account Manager

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.




Jean Ball
Development Co-ordinator and Project Account Manager

Jean BallJean 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.




Neil Cooney
Project Account Manager

neil cooneyNeil is a placemaking consultant based in Scotland’s cultural heartland, Dundee. Involved in the inception of V&A Dundee and Dundee’s Capital of Culture bids, he is part of Dundee’s UNESCO City of Design team supporting their activity in the city and beyond.

With experience delivering a wide range of cultural projects, bids and events, Neil has a specific knowledge of community engagement. He brings expertise in sourcing external funding, creative learning activity and marketing.

Following his studies in publishing and decade-long experience with Borders Books, Neil still considers himself a bookseller at heart – which may also explain his affinity for all things Oor Wullie!



Cheryl Bannister
Finance and Executive Administrator

A professional member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, Cheryl brings her number crunching skills and passion for all things creative to Wild in Art. After studying photography at university, she retrained, qualifying in Advanced Bookkeeping and Accounts to hone her skills at a builder’s merchants.

Outside of work she enjoys building Lego creations and bug hotels with her son. She also likes camping holidays in Anglesey, where she’s recently returned to photography to capture stunning images of the island.




Rosie Walsh
Content Marketing Executive

More information coming soon.







Sandra Blue
Logistics Consultant

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.




Stuart Roberts
Technical Consultant

Stuart first experienced the magic of a Wild in Art event in 2010 at the Rhino Mania charity auction and most recently supported us on Bee in the City. He studied Architecture and has always had a passion for both the creative and technical sides of design having grown up surrounded by art books belonging to his father, a Graphics and Illustration lecturer.

Stuart brings his skills from working at Architectural, Surveying and Engineering companies andseveral music and arts festivals to support our technical offer. He enjoys meeting artists and sharing their excitement in bringing their creativity to a new audience. When he’s not working, he loves to be swimming, mountain biking in the hills or just exploring a gallery.




Sally-Ann Wilkinson

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.




Chris Wilkinson
Creative Director

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.




Wild in Art New Zealand

We’ve been creating events in New Zealand since 2014 including Christchurch Stands Tall (2014/15), The Big Hoot Auckland (2018), Pop Up Penguins (2020) and Whale Tales (2022) and these events have enabled over NZ$1.8 million to be raised for New Zealand charity partners.


Alex Skinner
Chairman, Wild in Art New Zealand

Alex is the Chairman of Wild in Art New Zealand.

More information coming soon.







Claire Cowles
Event Producer, Wild in Art New Zealand

Claire is an experienced project manager, who specialises in fundraising and event management. Claire first worked for Wild in Art in 2008, as part of the team who brought Go Superlambananas to Liverpool in its year as European Capital of Culture. After emigrating with her family to Christchurch, New Zealand, Claire delivered the Christchurch Stands Tall sculpture trail in 2014 and is working on a new Wild in Art trail for the city in 2020.

Claire loves the inclusivity of Wild in Art events, and always looks for ways to collaborate and partner with as many people as possible, so the project can be a success for everyone living and visiting the city. Having studied languages at university, Claire is a passionate wordsmith who enjoys copywriting and proofreading alongside project management. In her spare time she’s plugging away at writing a book, which she squeezes in between work and raising her two children with husband, Gareth.