Chris Baldwin (he/him) CHAIR
Chris is a local award winning song writer and composer, and plays in several bands including Riding the Low. Chris works as the Head of Alternative Education within William Allitt Secondary School and teaches music. He has set up ‘Circularity’ a music based not for profit organisation that explores universal themes and connectivity through music. Chris brings a wealth of experience in music, people management and working across diverse communities and with young people. For Chris is passionate about raising aspirations and increasing life chances within the work of People Express, he lives in Castle Gresley with his wife and two daughters.
Helen Litherland (she/her)
Helen is the Operational Lead for Trident Reach the People, a major midlands based charity that specialises in supporting communities affected by domestic abuse, homelessness and/or their mental health. Helen manages services that support families, young people in Care, older people and BME communities. Helen brings a wealth of experience and expertise in strategic planning, budgeting, human resources, evaluating services, time management, contingency and succession planning alongside engaging vulnerable and at risk groups. Helen loves textiles and singing and is a passionate supporter of increasing access to the arts, she lives in Woodville with her husband and has two children.
Kim Coe (she/her) TREASURER
Kim has spent several years as an active and committed local Councillor, this role not only provided local knowledge but also gave her valuable insights into local communities and the challenges they face. Kim is a successful local business woman managing an independent health & safety company, she has extensive business, budget and strategic planning skills and experience and was instrumental in setting up the first hugely successful Transport Festival that attracted audiences of 5000+. Kim is a Trustee and committed volunteer for SHOUTOUT, a voluntary group that supports disabled young adults and their families. Kim lives with her husband in Hartshorne and has three older children
Jacqui Storer (she/her) VICE CHAIR
Jacqui is a highly respected Clerk to several local rural Parish Councils and she is a qualified accountant and Company Secretary for local and national charities
Mamuna Altaf (she/her) VICE TREASURER
Mamuna is a qualified ESOL teacher, her experience includes working as an Inclusion Officer, within Adult Education and on major European funded regeneration projects in Birmingham’s most economically deprived neighbourhoods. Mamuna has worked with learning disabled adults, women and children’s groups, young adults and refugee and asylum seekers. Mamuna’s current role is a Senior Community Connector supporting young people with disabilities and autism. Mamuna brings skills in developing Equalities Policy and Action Plans, managing large scale budgets, developing strategic aims and objectives, evaluation, and community engagement. Mamuna believes in the importance of arts and in communities having access to art , to increase well being and bring communities together to share there stories. Mamuna lives in Derby with her two daughters.
John Yates-Harold (they/them)
John works for Derbyshire LGBT+ as their Project Officer and Hate Crime Advocate and supports older LGBT+ communities through the Golden Rainbows groups. John brings their work experience and skills as a former primary school Music Teacher and Deputy Head and their artistic talents as a musician, writer, composer and performer to the Board. John has extensive partnership building, arts project development, management, budgeting and community engagement experience. John worked with People Express on the ‘If The Trees Could Talk’ project creating original fairytales and performances with young people. John believes in the power of the arts to transform lives and that lived experiences, including challenges, can enrich the art work you create. John lives in Derbyshire with his husband and their two children.
Cllr Mick Mulgrew (he/him)
Mick originates from Dumfriesshire and considers himself an economic migrant to the District as part of the areas former mining community. Mick went on to set up a successful local business at times with 40+ staff. Now retired, Mick first became a District Councillor in 2003, he is passionate about local housing issues and supporting tenants overcome their life challenges. Having recently joined the People Express Board Mick says it has “opened my eyes to the role the arts can play in community development”. Mick lives in Swadlincote with his wife, he has four children and six grandchildren, one of whom has recently become a theatre director in Australia