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Meet The Team

We are small but MIGHTY

We operate with a lean staff team supported by seasonal recruitment of fixed-term employees, interns, and volunteers. In 2022, our team consisted of over 30 individuals!

Ignite! is also supported by its board of trustees made up of nine professionals who add value through their wide variety of expertise and guidance.

Click the button below to find out about current opportunities to work with and support Ignite!


Sarah Walley

Operations Manager


Megan Shore

Programmes Manager

(Designated Safeguarding Officer)

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Tim Hatton

Development Manager

You can contact our staff using the Contact form

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Elaine Winter

Creative Practitioner - Curious Tots


Melanie Wheeler

Community Programmes Lead


Catriona Kelly

Programmes Officer


Beth Kisby

Programmes Assistant

Ignite! Trustees

You can contact the Board of Trustees using

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Chrys Allen

Fine Artist
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Joe Burton (chair)

Head of Mentoring at Arts Emergency
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Jo Hardy

Director of Innovation at TTS
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Katie Kinzett

Education Worker
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Shivani Singhal

Head of Dharohar
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Antony Bellekom

Creative consultant and former Managing Editor of BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6 Music.
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Diane Gelon

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Karen Lindley (treasurer)

Finance & School Business Manager
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Emma Sawula

Consultant in HR and Organisational Development

Very special mentions

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Rick Hall



Rick founded Ignite! in 2006 and, after 16 years of leadership, retired in 2022.

Rick continues to playfully and provocatively promote an approach to education that recognises the value of curiosity and creativity in promoting lifelong, self-empowered learning. One of the (many) reasons that Rick is so special is the relationships that he fosters and maintains through his openness and generosity of spirit. Rick is an enduring mentor and aspirational figure to many – many of whom appreciate the pivotal role he has played in their lives. 

When Ignite! staff and trustees ponder a problem, we ask, "What would Rick do?"

Read Rick's "Notes on Retirement" here.


Cathy Bereznicki



Our wonderful Cathy died in February 2016, aged 62, following heart surgery. She was a champion of opportunities for young people and dedicated so much energy and enthusiam to the work of Ignite!.

Cathy was a long-serving member of the west London choir the Addison Singers and performed regularly at their concerts.

We continue our work at Ignite! in Cathy's honour, to bring creativity and opportunities to children and young people. Cathy lives on within Ignite!.


Read more about Cathy's life and work here:

The Guardian Obituary: Cathy Bereznicki.

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