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meet our team

Culture Shift was established in 2011 by the people behind Creative Partnerships in Sussex and Surrey.


Partnership remains at the heart of our approach. Our small core team often works alongside freelance creatives, each bringing specific areas of expertise to our projects, click for a list here 

Catherine Orbach


Catherine was one of the original directors of Culture Shift in 2011, set up to build on the work developed through Creative Partnerships in Sussex and Surrey.  


With a degree in Fine Art, Catherine previously worked at Tate Liverpool, as part of a team that set up a pioneering gallery education programme for the Tate in Merseyside and the wider Northwest. She also worked at the De La Warr Pavilion before becoming Director of Creative Partnerships in 2004. 


Within the Culture Shift team, Catherine plays a key role in project and partnership development, leading on our work with children and young people, including:

  • Careers and skills development through our Creative Café programme 

  • Youth engagement through our work in schools including Your Town in Eastbourne and Telling Your Story and REAL Creative in Hastings.  

  • Project evaluation, including Hidden Hastings  

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Julia Roberts


Julia is a theatre specialist with a portfolio of experience which includes working as a Performing Arts consultant for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, Creative Agent for Creative Partnerships Sussex and Surrey and Programme Manager and Live Arts Creative Producer for Carousel; a disability arts organisation based in Brighton. 


She works as an artist internationally for The International Schools Theatre Association and is a Theatre Quality Assessor for Arts Council England. 


Within the Culture Shift team, Julia plays a key role in project and partnership development, leading on:


  • Our work with disabled people including The Arts Connect  programme, management of Delta 7 and the development and delivery of Disability Awareness Training 

  • Facilitation projects including work for Theatre Centre, Coastal West Sussex, Brighton and Hove City Council and East Sussex County Council Adult Services  

  • Event management including the Every Sort Of People Festival 



Sarah Hinks

skills & Careers lead

Initially with a Degree in Art History and a career in book publishing Sarah has worked in management positions in both the public and private sectors alongside developing a successful freelance consultancy practice. Sarah is an experienced facilitator, trainer and project manager designing and delivering a range of workshops, including service redesign and strategy development. She has a track record of building effective working partnerships and successful relationships with key stakeholders across the public, private and third sectors.  

Sarah joined Culture Shift in 2019, leading on: 

  • Careers, Employability and Skills programmes  

  • Supporting key project and partnership developments   

Claire fowler

Finance and Operations LEAD


Claire has over twenty years experience working in the TV broadcast and creative design industry in the UK and Europe.  Her portfolio of experience includes ten years at MTV, managing the operational output of the creative team, Producer at Woolf Olins, a global design and branding agency and Head of Production at Fox Kids Europe. 

sam Seymour

Digital Marketing Apprentice 

Sam Seymour joined Culture Shift in 2021 as part of a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship. He supports all of our activities, social media and events, primarily the Creative Café program.

Sam has spent his life living in various places in Sussex, finding enjoyment trekking over hills, scrambling through bushes and covering his boots in mud. In a previous life he gained an Undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from London Metropolitan University, after which he worked for the Post Office for five years, half of which as a Postmaster/Operations Manager.



Lucy Walker

Access advisor 

Lucy Walker (AKA Lister Cat) joined the band Delta 7 in 2015 and has also taken part in many Culture Shift projects, including projects based at the Towner Gallery Eastbourne where she also works as a volunteer.  Lucy is a prolific artist and has her work exhibited and profiled by Project Artworks She also creates artwork for Delta 7 and the Being Our Best Selves programme. 



mikey reynolds

Access advisor 

Mikey Reynolds (AKA DJ Mikey) has been working with Culture Shift since 2013 when he took part in the Arts Connect pilot programme and he has not stopped since! He has been an Arts Connect Ambassador, a founder member of the band Delta 7, the Being Our Best Selves programme and our resilience research project with University of Brighton. Mikey is also a member of the East Sussex County Council Involvement Matters Team advocating for learning disabled people. 

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