Introducing our board members.
Felicity Woolf (Chair) is an arts education consultant who has played a key role in the development of both Artsmark and Arts Award, including writing the original Arts Award toolkit (or ‘bible’…) As well as her freelance work, Felicity has worked for Arts Council England and as Director of Qualifications for Creative & Cultural Skills, so brings a wide-ranging experience of the arts and education world. She recently spent three years in China at Nottingham Ningbo University, where she gained an MA and mastered Mandarin!
Martin Russell (Deputy Chair) is a visual artist and arts educator, and is currently Head of Learning & Participation at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. He has widely exhibited his sculpture alongside teaching art and design. He has years of highly creative Arts Award experience as an adviser, trainer and project leader including supporting 300 young people through Arts Award with the UH Galleries (University of Hertfordshire) and taking Arts Award to the Scouts! He was Programme Manager for the Royal Opera House Bridge organisation working in Essex to connect young people with the arts.
Maddy Ryle is a writer, editor and social activist with a background in history, literature, arts reviewing, youth work, media, campaigning and communications. She is currently the Communications Director for the Bolivia-based Democracy Center, supporting global ecological justice work, though she lives mainly in Brighton with her young son.
Phoebe Hill is our youth trustee; having achieved both Bronze and Gold Arts Award, she has also run events and advocated for Arts Award on numerous occasions. Since graduating from Cambridge University in 2015, Phoebe has worked across the theatre sector in London and is now the Events Co-ordinator at educational and cultural organisation Bishopsgate Institute.
Vikki Jones is a creator, producer and manager of youth arts programmes. She spent three years working for Trinity College London on the Arts Award programme before leading the Participation team at multi-arts venue Farnham Maltings. She now works for UK Young Artists and Made in Corby supporting youth and community engagement across all art forms. Vikki played a key role in developing the Arts Award Youth Network, she is an active Brownie leader and totally committed to youth participation and voice!