meet our team

Culture Shift is a Community Interest Company, 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 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  

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 

Eleanor Kelly

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.


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   

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 

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.