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 works often alongside freelance associates, each bringing specific areas of expertise to our projects.
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
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
Programme & communications Manager
Eleanor is an experienced events producer, working in a variety of roles on large scale live events and exhibitions and providing administration and operational support for a wide range of creative projects and arts organisations.
With a BA in Photographic Arts from the University of Westminster she also works as a freelance photographer, camera operator on live music shows and festivals, and as an archivist and workshop facilitator.
Previous roles include research, digital imaging and archival support for organisations such as Autograph ABP and The Photographers Gallery. Eleanor has also worked as an advocate for well-being, in support roles for young people and vulnerable adults with mental health concerns.
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
Her work for Culture Shift includes:
Operational & administrative support for the team, projects and programmes
Support in delivering the Arts Connect & Creative Cafe programmes
Eleanor is our communications and marketing lead
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.
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.
A natural strategist with an ambitious drive to effect positive change through arts and culture, Marina has dedicated over twenty-five years to advancing learning through the arts, with a focus on vulnerable young people.
She is passionate about growing potential through creativity and has become a specialist in implementing and evaluating arts learning in education, museum, gallery, public health, community and the youth sectors. Previous roles include Head of Learning at Towner Art Gallery, National Manager at Tate and Development Manager at Trinity College London, where she designed national qualifications for children in the arts. Skilled in managing million-pound budgets across organisations and projects, she brings a wealth of fundraising experience from business, third and public sectors to the team.
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.