Geraldine is the Director of Events and Exhibitions at the Royal Shakespeare Company a senior leadership team role with responsibility for changing the RSC’s relationships with artists, audiences and communities. She is particularly proud of leading the £4.5m Swan Wing capital project and a series of events to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Prior to this she spent ten years as Director of the UK’s leading organisation for performance poetry, Apples & Snakes and worked at Battersea Arts Centre in many different roles, finally as Programme Manager.
Sally Pennington is an arts fundraising specialist and currently Head of Development at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC). Sally has worked at a number of arts organisations including Southbank Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome, and Town Hall Symphony Hall – where, notably, she oversaw the fundraising for the £13.2 million capital campaign, Making an Entrance. Her specialisms include: ethical fundraising, largescale grant applications, developing compelling case for support documents, and bespoke donor engagement.
Eileen Evans is chair of Fierce Festival’s Board of Directors and Executive Director at Forced Entertainment – responsible for delivering the wide range of the company’s work to audiences and participants nationally and internationally. Eileen previously worked at Forced Entertainment as Administrator, as well as managing their education programme. Before this she worked in freelance contexts for Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Hallam University specialising in marketing and research, and at performance venues including The Leadmill, Sheffield, where she first experienced live and performance art in the late 80’s.
Sam Trotman is the Director of Scottish Sculpture Workshop where she works with a team of producers and technicians to support residencies, artist-led projects and a public programme. Research that drives her work at SSW currently includes; how a multi-species discourse informs future material practices and pedagogies, and how the rural workshop can support the autonomy of communities outside of hegemonic governance models. Prior to this she initiated and led the Education Department at Artsadmin, London (2007 – 2017) focusing on social and environmental justice work with young people and emerging artists.
Alongside this she has worked on the ground in support of a range of grassroots initiatives fighting the inequality of women and exploitation of the environment.
Sam also serves on the steering group for AC Projects/ Counterflows Festival in Glasgow and is also a member of the European research project RESHAPE where she is exploring fairer governance models for the arts sector.
Brian Lobel is a New York-born, London-based performer, teacher and curator. He is interested in creating work about bodies and how they are watched, policed, poked, prodded and loved by others. Brian has shown work internationally in a range of contexts, from medical schools to galleries, cabarets to museums, marketplaces to forests, blending provocative humour with insightful reflection. In 2013 he created Fun with Cancer Patients for Fierce and ever since has been in love with Birmingham and its accents.
Helen is a senior associate solicitor at Irwin Mitchell LLP, specialising in Employment Law. She leads the Birmingham office’s gender diversity group, IMPowered, and hosts guest speaker events. The aim of the group is to inspire and support women, both internally at Irwin Mitchell and in the Birmingham community.
Outside of work, Helen is a director of Little Earthquake and is a member of Stan’s Café’s corporate advisory group; both are Birmingham based theatre companies. She is a passionate supporter of the Birmingham arts sector.
Sindy is Head of Film Birmingham.