Our People

Ali Smith

Chief Executive

Coming from 5 generations of professional musicians Ali's first instrument is the Cello - studying both in the UK and at the Conservatoi…



Nick Smith

Director (Employability & Skills Development)

Nick is a graduate of Cambridge University with an MSc in Geography. His early career saw him working in social research and evaluation with a specialist research agency, Public Attitude Surveys (PAS). Ultimately headi…



Katharine Lane

Director (Community Development)

Katharine has been with Superact since 2008 and has overseen the development and delivery of a range of health and Wellbeing and artist development initiatives. She is currently Read More



Mark Cotton

Director (Business Development)

As Superacts Business Development Director



Patsy Lang

Senior Project Manager - Justice

Patsy alias Ratsy Fang!, has a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts from York University in Toronto, Canada. She specialized in Theatre Production & Design, going on to work in the field of Set & Lighting Design for 15 years in Canada. Her design work was for both mainstream and alternative theatre companies. She made a significant contribution …



Tracy Hill

Project Manager

Tracy moved to Somerset 13 years ago from Oxfordshire and has a varied career background from purchasing to fund raising, most recently managing large European funded projects across the South West. She is currently working on a range of projects for Superact including Arts Crafts, Dignity in Care (ACDC), Teenage Parents and is supporting the de…



Iwan Kushka

Project Manager

Iwan (pronounced Ivan) is originally from Belgium, where he earned a Law degree and an MA in International Relations.

He speaks six languages and has traveled through almost every continent.

Iwan has worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and has also been a journalist in Cairo, farmhand and tree-planter in…



Stu Packer

Storyteller & Actor

Resident storyteller and actor, Stu tells tales to "entertain, educate and enchant". Drawing on over 22 years of performance, he has both traditional and anecdotal stories at his disposal and he is not afraid to use them!

Stu states: "I perform ‘in the moment’ knowing that I could be the solitary teller in the hour or I could be bu…



Thomas Hamill

Training Advisor

Thomas has been a Music teacher for four years and whilst doing this full time job has been working for Superact in a number of roles.  As an educator Tom has taught a number of different courses; from A-Level Music to Year 7 Literacy; he has been involved in every aspect of school education.  His focus has been primarily on Music; both BTEC a…



Christine Spriggs

North West Regional Manager

Christine is an creative arts Project Manager with extensive experience of working across the cultural sector. She has particularly focused on projects in the music industry and music education. Christine was Youth Music’s North West Regional Officer for 10 years and during that time worked closely with a wide range of organisations across the…



Cicely Taylor

South East Regional Manager

Having trained in community music facilitation at Goldsmiths College, and with an MA in Arts & Cultural Management from Sussex University, Cicely's career in the arts and cultural sector spans 18 years. A trained PRINCE2 Project Manager, she has worked with a diverse range of arts organisations across London and the South East as a programme…



Nicola Toms

West Midlands Regional Manager

Nicola Toms is a freelance music event promoter.  She is the co-founder of the multi-venue one day city centre music festival Oxjam Brum which has, during its 5 years, raised over £30,000 for Oxfam.  Nicola is also curator of unique one off events that also support and promote local businesses.

As a member of the management team be…



Mike Webb

Board Member

Mike is a consultant specialising in solutions for businesses in the international justice arena.  He has managed major UK custodial and community-based contracts, during which he re-engineered and improved services for those embroiled in the justice process. This experience emphasised to Mike the imperative to provide opportunities for disadva…



Virginia Crompton

Executive Producer Last Post Project

Previously, Virginia has made TV, radio and web content for audiences of millions during 18 years at the BBC.  She has worked in Syria, Ethiopia, China, Brazil, Kenya, Uganda and Ecuador on radio, TV and online.

BBC highlights include setting up the Corporation's school twinning project, 



Ursula Billington

Project Assistant

Ursula joined Superact in early 2015 and since then has been getting stuck in to UK and European projects focusing on education, communities and health, a highlight being the Netplants project which represents her primary interests of the natural world, sustainability and enhancing wellbeing. 

With a working background encompassing supp…



Jane Martin

Finance Officer

Jane has worked in the Finance world since leaving education and started out working for her family’s business. This led to Jane’s interest in this career and she decided to further advance her knowledge with various accountancy courses while bringing up children. 

Jane has moved into a freelance role and gained enormous experience …



Cathie McKimm

Northern Ireland Project Manager

Cathie McKimm has been working the Arts and Culture since 1998, when she took up the role of Director of An Crann, a Northern Irish Charitable organisation, using the arts and storytelling to process and come to terms with experiences of political conflict.

In 2001 she became the Arts Officer for Down District Council, and was responsibl…



Cleo Heard aka Miss*C

Lead Artist -SEPE Trainer and Internal Verifier

Born in London, Cleo is an urban artist who divides her time between creating her own work, offering consultation to young people’s services and governmental agencies, training, delivering  and verifying Superact's EdExcel Supporting Employability and Personal Effectiveness (SEPE) program, as well as teaching others by running workshops for h…



Gica Loening

Scotland Project Manager

Gica is a teaching artist and independent music practitioner and has worked in community arts and voluntary sector for 25 years. She is currently leading a music and storytelling project for vulnerable families in North Edinburgh, and co-leads Fun Fiddle, a music project for children and adults.  She is also working with Feis Ros devising an on…



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