Evelyn Asante-Mensah OBE, DLtt, MA
Evelyn has worked and has been involved in a wide spectrum of organisations and partnerships for over 30 years, tackling inequalities in health and social care and promoting equality within the public voluntary and community sectors. Evelyn has 25 years experience as a non-executive director and chair across the sectors locally, regionally and nationally. Currently Chair of Arawak Walton Housing Association, Vital Xposure and Bridging the Gap (Manchester); she is also a Trustee of Lankelly Chase Foundation and recently appointed onto the Board of Governors at Manchester Metropolitan University. Evelyn received an OBE in the 2006 New Year Honours List, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005; was included in the 100 most influential LGBT people for 3 consecutive years and was shortlisted for the New View 50 most influential BAME people in the Public Sector. She lives in Manchester with her Civil Partner, she has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
Vicky has over 12 years experience working as an arts manager regionally and nationally and is currently Creative Producer at Creative Scene. During her career she has worked with arts venues, touring theatre companies and on national strategic initiatives including the Young People’s Participatory Theatre programme with Arts Council England and the Find Your Talent programme commissioned by the DCMS.
Vicky specialises in participatory arts and is a fellow of the RSA. Her work has included managing, designing and initiating the education departments of 2 touring theatre companies (Peshkar & Theatre Centre) and producing a large number of projects and events including responsibility for the development of a national schools programme, youth theatre for young people from BAME communities, club nights for young people with learning difficulties, outdoor arts festivals and numerous outreach projects.
From November 2014 – March 2017 Jonathan is Project Dramaturg on Crossing The Line – an EU Creative Europe funded collaboration project investigating the work of Mind The Gap in Bradford, UK. Moomsteatern in Malmo, Sweden and Compagnie de L’Oisesau Mouche in Roubaix, France: 3 of the world’s leading companies making theatre with professional, learning disabled theatre makers. He led the bid writing process and helped put the partnership together.
He was in 2011 on the Steering Group for and Co-Chaired the first Theatre and Autism Industry Day run by ATG, SOLT/TMA, at the Unicorn, focusing on Relaxed Performances. In October 2015 he was keynote speaker at the first convening on relaxed performances in Hong Kong. He was invited by the Kennedy Centre in 2012, Washington DC as one of 10 UK and 50 global Thought Leaders on Disability and Performance. For the last 9 years, he has been Parent/Trustee, latterly Expert Adviser, at Ambitious about Autism, the National Charity for Autism Education. As Director of writernet over ten years, Jonathan devised and ran four playwright developmental projects (1998-2008) with Graeae, The UKs leading theatre company with physical and sensory disabilities. He chaired two symposia on Alternative Dramaturgies informed by a Deaf and disability perspective as part of Kaite O’Reilly’s Arts and Humanities Research Council Creative Fellowship, at the Universities of Liverpool and Exeter.
Denise Young is currently the Director of Community Development at the Calgary SCOPE Society (in Calgary, Alberta, Canada).
This position includes oversight of many arts projects (including Picture this…film festival), advocacy work and services and supports to seniors with disabilities. Denise is also a lifelong advocate on a variety of social issues, especially those focussing on minority-group-rights issues.
Michael Dollan has worked as a community musician/trainer/project and event manager/fundraiser since 2002. In 2014/5 he temporarily stepped aside from this work to train as a primary school teacher, completing his NQT year in an east London primary school before returning to his work in the arts. He joined the board of Vital Xposure in April 2016.
Michael Dollan PG Dip (RCM), PGCE (3-11) (QTS), BA (Hons)
Community Musician, Fundraiser, Project and Event Manager.
SkoogMusic accredited trainer.
Uchenna is an experienced and successful communications and content leader with an interest in the arts sector and, in particular, raising the profile of BME artists and productions. With strong media contacts and strategic management of B2B multi-million content portfolios, Uchenna’s achievements have resulted in her former employers’ growth and development. She has brokered new relationships and processes, expanded the talent pool, and led initiatives on diversity at the Royal Shakespeare Company, FT, BBC, Channel 4, ITN, and The Guardian. Uchenna is seeking roles on arts boards.
I joined StreetDoctors as CEO in April 2014. I have worked with charities, as a government advisor and in communities across the UK for over 20 years with a particular focus on youth and community conflict. As director of the Leap Academy of Youth and Conflict I led on their award-winning action research programmes addressing issues such as gangs and territorialism, knife and weapon use, identity and prejudice reduction.
I have been amazed at the outstanding commitment and engagement of our volunteers since joining StreetDoctors and am really looking forward to working with them to grow the organisation so we can make a positive impact on the lives of even more young people.
Once a keen rower, I have traded in my oars for the ukulele, just as challenging but less early mornings!