Elaine is Director of BCA, leading the team of staff, artists and freelancers that enable BCA to manage and deliver a diverse community–based series of arts projects and activities. Elaine has over ten years of experience in arts development and live event management, working most recently for Cambridge Live as Business Development Director.
Heading up our programme is Ami. Her background includes working in both independent and community film. Ami has a passion for engaging communities and has developed a specialism in producing innovative digital projects. She has strong experience in strategic planning and commissioning. In her down time Ami enjoys cycling and reading. Ami also makes bespoke jewellery.
Kayte leads on The Culture Challenge supporting schools to work with the creative and cultural sector. With an MSc in Managing Business Creativity and Innovation she cut her teeth in the arts through her community work as a social entrepreneur, running RSA funded grass roots arts projects in empty shops in Bedford.
Lead producer on BCA’s Cultural Capital project in Queen’s Park, Sarah has worked as a practicing visual artist for 20 years, showing nationally and internationally both as an individual and as part of a collaborative group of artists. Sarah is the Co-founder of artist-led group Aid & Abet and holds an MFA from Winchester School of Art and BA Fine Art from Reading University.
Ailene has a BA in Illustration from Falmouth University and has done storyboard work for mature students and directors, often selling a painting or two on the side. She is keen to get young people and students thinking about art, creating and culture as well as supporting creators to further their experience
Liz heads up all things marketing and communications here at BCA. With over ten years experience working in PR and communications for UK and European clients, Liz has worked across a variety of sectors, including: marketing, broadcast & film, technology, art, and music. Liz is also a singer-songwriter under the pseudonym Betty Frances.
Bex is our Operations Manager. Working previously at the King’s Head Theatre in London as Theatre Manager, Bex has worked for over 10 years with theatres in London and Edinburgh. Bex is also a trained dancer and aspires to work more closely with her local community and become more involved in the arts in Bedford.
Having recently fundraised and produced heritage projects shining a light on performance theorist Edward Gordon Craig, along with the theatre in Stevenage that bears his name, Andy is Project Manager for Airship Dreams. When he’s not managing lighter-than-air arts and heritage projects, Andy’s an award-winning theatre lighting designer.