Julian is a social entrepreneur with fifteen years’ management experience in the arts sector, and particular expertise in devising and developing participatory projects which use creativity to enhance educational achievement, aspiration, and social cohesion. He strongly believes in the life-changing role that the arts can play in enriching the lives of all children and young people, especially those facing challenging circumstances. Through Creative Futures Julian is building a raft of partnerships and programmes which is inspiring children and young people, enabling their creativity to flourish, and bringing positive change to society.
Vanessa is an experienced teacher specialising in Early childhood music and makes music with children in nurseries and teaches early years piano and musicianship. She holds an MA (Distinction) in Education (Early Childhood Music) from the Centre for Research in Early Childhood and a PGCE in Music from the Institute of Education.
Having started her career as a secondary school music teacher, she has subsequently worked as both a music and general teacher/practitioner in a number of primary schools and nurseries. She also worked in Spain where she led multi-arts projects with young children and as Education Assistant at the New London Orchestra, working on education and community projects.
Vanessa loves working with young children because she learns so much from them – about music and about life! She has spoken at conferences and events by MERYC-England, EuNet MERYC, Music Mark, Sound Connections and Tri-Music Together.
Yasmin is a Creative Producer and Playwright. Her background is in theatre and she’s currently one of five writers in residence at London’s Theatre503. After studying for a degree in English and Drama at Goldsmiths University, Yasmin volunteered at Creative Futures as an Administrative Assistant and soon after taught drama in rural South Africa with UK arts charity Dramatic Need. Yasmin went on to work with various arts organisations including: Theatre503 as an Assistant Producer, New York Theatre Workshop as an Engagement Intern and more recently Unicorn Theatre as their Schools Relationships Officer. Yasmin’s life has been greatly shaped by her engagement with the arts from an early age, and she enjoys facilitating similar experiences for other young people.
Creative Programmes Manager
Sabrina is a practising artist with a varied career within creative industries. During a demanding 15 year career in the music industry promoting bands abroad, she attended Chelsea College of Art and Design part-time and graduated with a BA in Fine Art. She regularly takes part in indie art fairs and has work in private collections.
Over the last six years she has been teaching drawing, painting and ceramics in an art school in NW London. Through teaching, she has witnessed the transformative impact of a creative education in students aged 5 to 95 and is keen to help broaden cultural engagement in schools and local communities.
Sabrina is currently reading Arts Policy and Management MA at Birkbeck University.
A former Director now operating as a Strategic Partnerships & Communication Consultant for Creative Futures, Sherry hopes to use her ability to forge strong, lucrative and sustainable partnerships with major donors, corporates and the media to help build Creative
Futures’ portfolio of corporate support. Sherry is an analytical, strategic and results-focused individual who develops and executes long-term strategies to deliver sustainable and measurable new income streams and marketing channels.
Tonique has been working with Creative Futures for 6 years. She started off as a volunteer and now works closely on the Building Stronger Community Families project, supporting families and encouraging mums and dads to attend the drop-ins. She enjoys working with the team, meeting new families and seeing the benefits they get from these groups.
Creative Producer (Maternity Cover)
Kate has worked extensively as an early years music specialist and researcher, and as a professional violinist, performing with the RPO, the London Sinfonietta and the London Mozart Players. After receiving her MA in Creative Leadership from the Royal College of Music in 2007 she over saw the first outreach conservatoire for Junior Trinity in Hampstead acting as early years teacher, violin teacher and centre co-ordinator.
Kate is currently undertaking studies at the Centre for Research in Early Childhood, Birmingham where her current research interest is around musical play and a pedagogical approach to traditional instrumental teaching.
As well as delivering continued development courses for nursery/pre-school teachers she has written and adapted a successful series of children’s chamber music Concert Stories for key stage 1 including Hey Diddle Fiddle, and The Enchanted Violin.
Creative Producer (Maternity Cover)
Helen is a freelance Music Education Manager and Producer with an interest in Early Years. Prior to her freelance career, Helen held positions as Widening Participation Manager at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and Head of Music Programmes at Kent Music. She is passionate about supporting young people of all ages and backgrounds to access and progress in high quality music making, as well as providing training opportunities for professionals to develop their skills in music education and share their love of music with others.
Creative Producer (Sounding Out project)
Katie is a developmental psychologist, researcher and musician with over 12 years’ experience in developmental, cognitive and educational research. Her work focuses on how children acquire language, thinking and problem-solving skills (known as executive functions), and the underlying mechanisms that make some activities particularly effective in supporting these areas of development. She completed her doctorate at University College London in 2017, where she designed and evaluated the effect of a music-based intervention on deaf children’s executive function skills. Katie has always been driven to explore the potential for music training to grow and reinforce key cognitive skills throughout the lifespan, and is dedicated to conducting research with a collaborative approach, working with Deaf and hearing teachers, musicians, artists, other practitioners and young people. In 2018, she co-founded the research group ‘Music and Cognition’ with Alice Bowmer, which aims to understand and explain the impact that music and the arts can have on young people’s development.
We are delighted to have three high profile Ambassadors who have come on board to support the charity in achieving positive outcomes for children and young people through the arts.
Actor and MC
“The arts are how we make sense of the world, ourselves, and each other. It is therefore crucial that young people have the access and support needed to express themselves through the arts, and have a hand in shaping our culture. Artistic expression at a young age builds character, bridges, and a belief in the power of your voice – and it is these voices we need to amplify if we are to build an inclusive society that empowers the vulnerable and reflects the aspirations of the next generation. Creative Futures work with top level artists and educators to help make this goal a reality.”
Joanne Harris MBE
“Current research suggests that three in ten households in the UK have no books at all. And yet, access to books is maybe the most important factor in achieving academic, personal and professional success. Reading develops intelligence, creativity and critical thinking skills. Reading fiction helps develop empathy and understanding – rare qualities in today’s world. The same is true for music, theatre, and other expressions of creativity in the arts. These things help us make connections with other human beings; they give a much-needed context to our place in the world and in society. They can greatly enhance quality of life for people of all ages, and be appreciated on any level. In these times of political and social unrest, we need the arts and what they bring to our lives – joy, communication, empathy, and the sharing of our common human experience - more than ever before.”
Theatre Director and DJ
“Music and the arts have been instrumental in creating opportunities for me and many others from disadvantaged backgrounds across the UK. I found my confidence and learnt to process the world when I joined my local youth theatre, I developed a voice when I started writing lyrics, and learnt how to express the inexplicable when I started making music. Creative Futures insist that similar transformative opportunities are available to all young people, especially the more vulnerable.”