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Rick Walker

Director of Cartwheel since the summer of 2004, prior to which I was one of the Projects Co-ordinators. I still get involved in projects as much as I can, and the variety of work we are doing now is brilliant. I’ve worked in the participatory arts for, well, quite a long time now.  My background originally was in community print and design as well as commercial printing for the music business, the labour movement and theatres. I spent 10 years with Greenwich Mural Workshop in Woolwich running the screenprinting and repro department. I worked as a freelance artist for some years before joining Cartwheel, so I appreciate the pressures on freelancers and some of the issues that arise.


Kerry Bertram

Project Coordinator for Art for Wellbeing 2.

I have worked in community arts and education for the past seven years. Previous roles include Groundwork - Arts and Environment  Community Development worker,  Salford, PFI / Projects - Creative Associate and  Development Education Project, Artist Facilitator. I began working freelance for Cartwheel Arts  in 2011 as Festival Fundraiser and Coordinator. I then continued in this role while also coordinating Changing Gear - a project tackling vehicle crime through youth engagement and community cohesion activity.  I have a strong commitment to inclusive engagement and enjoy delivering innovative projects with Cartwheel Arts.



Gala Pujol Freixer

My name is Gala and I'm Cartwheel Arts new Development Manager. I'm a qualified Executive Arts Manager with more than 15 years experience within cross-sectorial creative industries. Currently combining my expertise in Arts Management with Social Housing and Property Management.
I'm involved in different projects in the UK, Non for profits and Charities, promoting social causes in relation to Housing, Community and neighborhood Development. Organisations offering, social interventions, creative/cultural initiatives and cooperative projects to protect, create and improve people’s welfare. 

Previous work includes Creative Director of moves Festival (UK), Project Manager at VAD Festival (Spain), Exhibitions coordinator at CCM townhall exhibition rooms, (Spain), Communications officer at TILT festival (France). I have also managed my work with freelance work in the arts curating exhibitions and coordinating different art projects.



Sue Shaw

Sue is Cartwheel's Finance Worker. Sue works part time for Cartwheel Arts, she also works as Finance Officer for a Big Local Project for Leigh Neighbours Project, managing a budget of 1 million. Sue is a Director of Unify Credit Union and Chair of their Supervisory Committee, responsible for the internal audit. Prior to these commitments, Sue trained with Deloitte, a major international chartered accountants, then spend 18 years managing the finances for Wigan and Leigh Citizens Advice Bureau, whose maximum turnover was £750,000. Sue has also worked as the Finance Officer for Wigan and Leigh Council for Voluntary Services. Sue also volunteers as a governor at a local Primary School and is Chair of the School Resources Committee



Danielle Porter

Danielle has worked in community development since 2003, starting her career supporting volunteers at ALLFM a community radio station in Levenshulme. Since then she has been managing short term radio stations across Greater Manchester, training local residents, and building and creating links in socially deprived areas. Her presentation skills were developed further as a Broadcast Journalist for BBC Radio Manchester, presenting and producing programmes for four years. She has also co-ordinated several events, the biggest to date being Deadly Days Out for BBC Learning.

She was Arts Officer and Community Development Officer for Bolton at Home (a social housing landlord), and still works there, managing projects and supporting community groups. You will also find her at Eden Festival in Scotland acting as their Press and Marketing Officer.



Paul Stanley

Paul is a writer and an arts organiser, with a particular interest in socially engaged projects. Over the last ten years he has worked for a number of different arts organisations including Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, Iniva, London and Fabrica in Brighton.

He has been active in the Manchester art scene for many years, initiating engagement projects in schools, hospitals and with various community groups across the city.

Paul was the editor of [deletia] for four years and has contributed to a number of different publications. As well as delivering arts and engagement projects in the UK he has been invited to take part in projects in Berlin, Reykjavik, Iceland, Bergen, Norway and New York.




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