In 2020, Ideas Test became a CIO or Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
We now have a Board of Trustees made up from a diverse group of people from across Medway, Swale and North Kent.
- make sure Ideas Test keeps to its charitable mission
- make sure the company is well managed
- are legally responsible for what we do.
Catherine Herbert – Chair
Catherine Herbert works for visual arts organisation Cement Fields. Before this she spent five years in local government arts teams including Kent County Council. Catherine has a background in supporting artist projects and has worked with Hayward Gallery, British Art Show, Museum of Modern Art Bologna, Tate St Ives, and Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, particularly with artist Adam Chodzko.
CJ Mitchell – Treasurer
CJ Mitchell is a freelance producer, working in the performing arts; he manages Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, and the residency programme at South House, a studio space in Faversham, Kent. CJ is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Ally is a freelance journalist, digital strategist and writer, with over 10 years’ experience working with global brands, consumer publications and content marketing agencies.
She writes about lifestyle and culture for titles including Stylist and Refinery29, has appeared on radio and podcasts talking about mental health and body image, and is currently working on her own creative writing projects. She’s also a keen film fan, British Champion in savate kickboxing and a Samaritans listening volunteer. Ally was born and raised in Chatham and Rochester.
Jane has been CEO of Medway Voluntary Action, the Infrastructure organisation supporting and representing Medway’s voluntary sector, since 2013. Prior to this, she worked in Further/Adult Education both as a manager and teacher specialising in adult literacy. Jane has also led on a number of national education developments including the Skills for Life Strategy from 2001 to 2010.
Jatin Patel is a fashion designer and Creative Director of KALIKAS ARMOUR, a fashion brand and creative consultancy based in Rochester. The Brand offers direct to client bespoke commissions along with collaborations with international charities and social organisations utilising creativity and artistic expression to open dialogue for impactful change including Fashion for Conservation, USA, and The Elephant Family, UK.
Experience includes lecturing, and teaching at various educational institutions and as a creative practitioner working in underprivileged schools devising and implementing creative projects and learning. Currently Champion of Spaces and Places working group for Creative Medway, contributed to the creation of the 10 Year cultural strategy Manifesto and Trustee for the Bid for Cultural City 2025.
Natalie is the Project Officer for Creative Estuary.
Prior to her current role, she was coordinator and artist on the ‘Playground’ project. Natalie has an MA in Dramatherapy and has worked as a trainee practitioner with children and adults with complex needs.
Nigel has been head of Sheppey Matters for eleven years, leading a team of talented people delivering health and well-being projects on the Isle of Sheppey.
Previously Nigel has worked in senior positions in the travel and tourism sector including spells with Eurostar from its launch in 1994 and devising and delivering unique tour programmes for American students in the UK and Europe. He is also a qualified part-time youth worker with the county council, has one son and two grandsons and enjoys reading, occasional DIY and travel.
Rebecca is a producer and business owner based in Kent, working to elevate experiences through events. Since studying at UCA, Rebecca has worked her way from event assistant to creative director before opening The New Black Studio in 2019. Since then, she has been featured in the likes of The Times and Cosmopolitan and worked on events including the National Portrait Gallery Gala and Unicef Halloween Ball.
After relishing his experience as one of Ideas Test’s Young Producers for BLINK, Sathya enjoyed his role as a Project Assistant for the Theatre31 youth empowerment programme.
He is currently doing an MBA, pursuing his passion for management, but community building through creative art activities is still close to his heart.