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.
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.
Lori is a Creative Practitioner with a demonstrated history of working in the field of Theatre in Education, Edutainment and designing learning experiences for children. She holds First Class Honours degree in Performance Design and Practice from Central Saint Martins and a Certificate in Therapeutic Play from the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education.
Lori has undertaken various creative roles over the past few years, including being an Activity Designer at KidZania London – an immersive role-play city for children; volunteered as a Play Therapist in primary schools; designed youth programmes for St John Ambulance and founded her own Theatre in Education business called Props and Goggles. Through these experiences, she has become passionate about using the arts to enhance learning experiences, improve health and wellbeing and bring communities together.
Tonique has been working with Creative Futures since 2013. 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 (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.