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Amy Letman

Creative Director
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Amy is an independent producer and curator based in Leeds. She is Creative Director of Transform, taking responsibility for the organisation artistically and strategically.

Amy was previously Associate Producer at Leeds Playhouse, one of the largest producing theatres in the North of England, for four years. During her time at the Playhouse, she established the artist development programme, produced special projects and shows, and led on Transform as a venue based festival. She left the Playhouse in 2014 to focus on developing Transform as an independent, citywide and international organisation. Amy has curated and produced eight festival editions, alongside curating Spirit of Change for the Barbican, London and a guest programme for Battersea Arts Centre. Her commissioning and production credits include the UK Theatre award winning Three Sisters by RashDash, and the Fringe First award winning The Believers Are But Brothers by Javaad Alipoor. She has participated in the European Festivals Association Atelier for Young Festival Managers, and has been a recipient of the Artists International Development Award on two occasions. Amy is a mentor to a number of artists and producers, and lectures on producing and festival management at University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University.

Amy originally trained with Fuel, London Artists Projects, HERE Arts Centre (NYC) and studied BA Drama & Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Ali Ford

Executive Producer
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Ali is Producer at Transform, taking responsibility for the producing and delivery of our projects and festivals.

She is a producer, programmer and practitioner specialising in multi-disciplinary devised work, socially engaged practice and non-traditional, site-responsive experiences. Excited by bold, innovative, politically-charged performance on a local and international level, she is passionate about bringing communities together, developing creative people/projects and reimagining what theatre can look like and who gets to make it.

As an independent producer, Ali has worked with political site-specific theatre company Common Wealth (I Have Met the Enemy (and the enemy is us)), award-winning performance storyteller Debs Newbold (Outrageous Fortune) and the Nesta-awarded ‘Democracy Pioneers’ TheatreState (Say Yes to Tess), of which she is a Co-Director alongside partner in crime Tess Seddon. Ali was previously Programmer and Producer at Square Chapel Arts Centre (Halifax) where she led on the programme of new work, artist development, co-production and commissioning.

After graduating from the University of Leeds with a Theatre and Performance BA in 2011 and spending the first summer of many at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ali went on to train at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester as a Young Leader, where she gained professional development, expert mentoring and hands-on experience in producing, directing and facilitating.

Tshayi Hercules

Project Manager
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Tshayi is Project Manager for Transform’s work with young people. She is specifically working on a stand of activity called ‘the collective’ focused on in engaging 16-21’s across the Leeds City Region as creatives, curators and change-makers. Previously, Tshayi oversaw ‘Future Radicals’, a project exploring how young people might have creativity agency at Transform, which culminated as part of Transform 19.  Tshayi is a senior youth worker at Getaway girls with over 10 years’ experience of supporting young people through varied capacities such as voice and influence, child exploitation and facilitating high level group work programmes in schools across Leeds that centre on healthy relationships. Tshayi combines both her love of working with young people along with her passion for the arts and performance, this is something Tshayi not only has personal experience as an artist herself but also used creative arts in dance and drama in her work with young people and adults across Leeds. Tshayi has previously been involved in Leeds West Indian Carnival supporting with facilitation of young people in performing carnival dance routines that are performed at different carnivals across the country. “Enabling young people to explore, express and empower themselves, is at the heart of what I do as a professional” – Tshayi Hercules

Jack Lynch

Communications Coordinator
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Jack is a marketing and communications professional based in Bradford, specialising in arts marketing and audience engagement. He is the Communications Coordinator at Transform.

He has experience in devising and executing campaigns, developing and leading brand activations and implementing audience development plans to engage audiences within a range of different arts and culture contexts.

Jack was the campaign manager for Bradford’s successful bid to become UK City of Culture 2025, creating high-impact, district wide marketing, media and digital plans – building widespread support rooted in the unique heritage and personality of Bradford.

He has worked on a range of other festivals including Leeds-based live art festival Compass and Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival.

Natasha Cowie

Projects and Admin Assistant
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A recent graduate of the University of Leeds, Natasha is passionate about the local arts and culture scene. Having already worked as Assistant Producer at The Geraldine Connor Foundation and Rep for SuperFriendz, she now takes on the role of Projects and Admin Assistant at Transform.

She has been actively involved in local radio, having produced shows for Leeds Student Radio, Alto and NARR. She was also the Events Coordinator for the Leeds University Union Music Library and organised fundraising concerts for Student Action for Refugees.

She strongly believes in the power of the arts to foster a sense of community and the importance of accessing them regardless of background or experience.

Jane Bhoyroo

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Jane is the Producer for Yorkshire Sculpture International (YSI), a unique partnership between Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park – working together to celebrate Yorkshire as the home of sculpture in the UK. She curated the international sculpture commissions in the public realm for YSI’s festival in 2019 and is producing the commissions for the summer 2021 programme featuring artists Akeelah Bertram, Claye Bowler, Nwando Ebizie, Ashley Holmes, Shezad Dawood and Ariel René Jackson. Since moving to Leeds in 2010 she has curated a major Joseph Beuys exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery, was previously director of S1 Artspace, Sheffield and sculpture curator for the Arts Council Collection. Between 2004 and 2010 she was Relationship Manager for Visual Arts at Arts Council England based in Cambridge. Jane began her career in London in the mid-1990s at Matt’s Gallery and Anthony Reynolds Gallery, and studied on the international Curatorial Programme at De Appel in Amsterdam.

Ben Walmsley

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Ben is Professor of Cultural Engagement in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds and Director of the national Centre for Cultural Value. Prior to his academic career, he worked as an arts manager for ten years, most recently as a Producer at the National Theatre of Scotland. Since 2014 Ben has been the Academic Director of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme, which is now one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations. Ben is the Co-Editor of Arts and the Market and has published widely on arts marketing, arts management, cultural policy and cultural value. His monograph Audience Engagement in the Performing Arts: A critical analysis was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019. Ben is currently the Independent Chair of Flux, Rotherham’s Creative People and Places programme and Vice-Chair of Transform theatre festival in Leeds. He is currently leading a national research project investigating the impacts of Covid-19 on the UK’s cultural sector and the implications for policy.

Ingrid Banerjee Marvin

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Ingrid is a producer originally from Stoke-on-Trent. She has worked predominantly in theatre, across venues including the National Theatre, Bush Theatre and Almeida Theatre, with a focus on participatory producing and developing new writing. Currently, she works at East Street Arts delivering the organisation’s artist support offer and SSO programme Guild. As a freelancer, Ingrid produces for the collective Babeworld, with a focus work exploring the intersection between art, football and marginalised identities. She Is a trustee for Transform, and an Arsenal supporter (with a sprinkling of Port Vale).

Rach Drew

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Trained as a Theatre Director, Rach has had a varied career across culture, from founding her own youth theatre and working as a festival manager and Exec Director, to collaborating with communities in museums and creating exhibitions with internationally renowned artists. Rach has fundraised over 1 million pounds for arts projects across her career, in addition to leading teams and managing complex, large-scale events and festivals. Co-Founder and Co-Director of producing charity, ARCADE, Rach works with communities and artists to make brilliant things happen in Bridlington and Scarborough. Previously Exec Director of York Mediale, Rach set up and managed the company, leading a team of 15 and coordinating a 10-day, citywide festival in 2018.

Nick Dyson

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Nick Dyson is a Partner at Blacks Solicitors and heads up both the Commercial Property team and specialist Holiday & Home Parks team. Nick joined Blacks in 2002 from an internationally recognised ‘Leeds Big Six’ firm, and is known for bringing a pragmatic and personal touch to working with clients. Since taking his position as a Partner at Blacks, the Commercial Property team has more than quadrupled in size. He advises property investors, developers and occupiers as well as funders on acquiring, developing, selling, letting and charging property. He has built up strong relationships with some of the key regional property professionals and is a well-known and respected name in the Leeds legal market for practical, commercial legal advice. Outside of professional life, Nick has been active in supporting community organisations and as such, has been a board member at Sinai Synagogue, Leeds (2018-2021) and East Street Arts (2016-2021) and recently became a member at Leeds Community Foundation

Nadine Patel

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Nadine has worked in the arts sector for over 26 years supporting artists and arts organisations to develop and strengthen their opportunities and growth. As a creative consultant she draws upon her wide-ranging knowledge of contemporary arts practices and networks to provide specialist advice, as well as participating directly in project design, implementation, research, and evaluation. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise working with international cultural organisations and is adept at working on transnational partnerships and programmes. She has extensive transnational experience and can activate a wide network of contacts, both in institutional and grassroots organisations across Europe, Latin America and Africa. Nadine also works regularly for a range of UK higher education creative institutions such as the Royal College of Art, University of the Arts London, Glasgow School of Art, Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. As a policy researcher she supports these institutions through evidenced-based policy analysis and advocacy, highlighting the contributions they make to the economy as well as the UK’s cultural prosperity and social wellbeing.

Toni-Dee Paul

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Toni-Dee is an independent artist based in Manchester. Occasionally she is a writer, workshop leader, collaborator, and ‘thinker-in-the room’. Her current body of work, made with ‘infectious warmth’ (Exeunt) is a series of performances & installations made for cemeteries, refugee centres, kitchens, churches and theatres. Since 2015 she has been commissioned by Fuel Theatre for The New Theatre In Your Neighbourhood project, been a contributing story group writer for climate justice project Hello X, created performance as public intervention, and presented works in SICK Festival, Queer Migrant Takeover, Queerly Departed and Works Ahead. Currently, Toni is working on ‘Doze’ a project exploring rest as resistance. She is Associate Artist and Access Assistant for award winning artist lead company Selina Thompson Ltd, and makes intricate, intimate, and wildly entertaining live events for children and families as an associate of One Tenth Human. Toni is a Trustee of Leeds based international performance festival Transform.