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
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
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
Chief Operating Officer
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.
Digital Communication & Data Assistant
Sam Seymour joined Culture Shift in 2021 as part of a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship. During his apprenticeship Sam supported the delivery of project activities, primarily the Creative Café programme as well as supporting our digital communications and processing data.
In a previous life he gained an Undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from London Metropolitan University, after which he worked for the Post Office as a Postmaster/Operations Manager.
Luke joined Culture Shift as a Programme Assistant in 2022, after working with us as a coach on our ‘Being our Best selves’ programme.
Luke has a degree in Psychology and Criminology from the University of the West of England (UWE). Before joining the team, Luke worked for The Probation Service for Five years, as a Residential Worker and then a Probation Services Officer.
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 https://projectartworks.org/makers/lucy-walker/. She also creates artwork for Delta 7 and the Being Our Best Selves programme.
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.