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.
Bex is our Company & Projects 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.
Helen O’Hara to the team as the new Culture Challenge Manager.
Helen was a joint Curator at the John Bunyan Museum and also works part time as a Museum Development Officer in London.
Supporting the team is our project assistant Jack. He is currently studying for an MA in Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck, University of London. He is interested in community engagement and its potential to dissolve the barriers between artist and audience. Before joining BCA, Jack worked with local music venues and art organisations in Essex.
As the Finance Manager here at BCA, Maria deals with all the invoices and accounts. She’s a Chartered Accountant and has worked both in audit and industry. When not at BCA she’s a full time Mum to two kids.