Katy Lawrence – Chair
Katy is very excited to be involved in People Express as part of the board as she feels it is great that the district has an arts organisation that appeals to everyone in the community. Katy has worked for four years at Granville Sports College as an Assistant House Leader, supporting the well-being and emotional needs of young people. Katy brings to the Board a passion for the arts, experience of working with young people and an understanding of the needs of excluded groups.
Helen has worked with people Express delivering arts projects over the years and seen the impact that the arts has on vulnerable people. She says,”They enjoy taking part and it opens up new skills and talents that they didn’t know that they had”. She is Operational Lead for Trident Reach the People Charity, managing support services for young people and older people. Helens experience includes business and strategic planning, management of staff teams, human resources and budgeting.
Chris is new to being involved with an organisation at Board level, but is very excited to be a part of the People Express family. He hopes to interject his ideas and passions for holistic education and music into the development of activities and programmes that can help to raise the aspirations and dreams for as many people as possible in the locality. All in order to help provide opportunities for people to be the best that they can possibly be through the arts.
Councillor Kim Coe
Newly elected to South Derbyshire District Council Kim has been appointed to our board as a representative from SDDC which is one of our three main funders. She brings a wealth of local knowledge to the board having been involved in a number of community projects, which include work by the Rotary Club of Swadlincote and she is also a trustee for ‘Shoutout’ board. She has a great interest in the community and has recently been involved in starting a Community Responder Group working in partnership with EMAS (East Midlands Ambulance Service). She manages an independent medical company.
Councillor Julie Patten
Appointed to the People Express Board as a representative of South Derbyshire District Council one of our three main funders. Julie was born and brought up in Derby and moved to South Derbyshire in 2001. She is married and has two daughters who attend John Port School in Etwall. She was a city councillor in Derby before moving to Etwall, where she quickly got involved in village life, becoming a school governor and then a parish councillor. She is on the Mease Pavilion committee for the Hilton Harriers Football Club, and recently joined the People Express Board of Trustees and the 50 Plus forum which enables her to bring social events to the community.
Jacqui is very involved in local communities in South Derbyshire and sees the arts as a way to bring people together to have fun and to experience things that they wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to experience. She is a qualified company secretary working with local and national charities, passionate about accounts and enjoys the diversity of People Express’ projects.
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