Our Consortium

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Our Consortium helps us make decisions about how we support local communities and is made up of representatives from local community, arts and voluntary organisations.

Chair 

Catherine Herbert, Deputy Director of Cement Fields & Whitstable Biennale, the festival of performance, film and sound, taking place every two years on the Kent coast.

 

Treasurer 

CJ Mitchell, Chartered Accountant; freelance performance producer; and Co-Director, Live Art Development Agency, 2009-20.

 

Jane Howard, Chief Executive of Medway Voluntary Action based in Chatham, MVA offers support, advice and draining for the voluntary sector.

 

Nigel Martin, Chief Executive Officer of Sheppey Matters, a registered charity working for better health on the Isle of Sheppey that provides over 12 health and well-being community services.

 

Julie Webster from Medway and Swale Community Health Partnership.

 

Christine White, Director of Swale Community and Voluntary Service (SCVS), a membership body for the local voluntary and community sector in Swale.

 

Additional observers from Kent County Council, Swale Borough Council, Medway Council, and the Royal Opera House Bridge attend the quarterly meetings as well as our evaluators MB Associates.

 

Specialist Advisors

Gurvinder Sandher, Artistic Director, Cohesion Plus who deliver festivals and outdoor performances in North Kent. They are specialist advisers to the consortium on issues of community voice, diversity, inclusion and social cohesion through. At a time of increased hate crime and a lack of diversity and inclusion in some of our communities, this role is particularly vital.

 

Liz Moran, Director of Arts and Culture University of Kent (UoK) offers support in making strategic links with HE and wider initiatives (Estuary 2020, skills development, City of Culture, Cultural Strategy) and to support strong evaluation, artistic quality and strategic links.

 

Christine Chetwood, Manager, wHoo Cares,  a small community interest company on the Isle of Grain, a particularly isolated (but changing) part of Medway. They are our key partners on the peninsula.