Jack Ky Tan
Jack Ky Tan is an artist and radical thinker who blurs boundaries between art and governance. Jack has been artist in residence on FACT Liverpool’s Board of Trustees, and currently in residence with Camden Art Centre in London. Jack helps organisations reform and revise themselves using artistic thinking. Trained in law, Jack also studied ceramics and has a PhD in legal aesthetics and performance. https://jackkytan.github.io/
Eleanor Dare is an academic and critical technologist who works with Game Engines and virtual spaces. Eleanor was formerly a Reader in Digital Media and Head of Programme for MA Digital Direction, at the Royal College of Art. Eleanor now works at Cambridge University, as well as UCL Institute of Education. Eleanor has a PhD and MSc in Arts and Computational Technologies from the department of Computing, Goldsmiths.
Semaab Shaikh is an experienced family law barrister who specialises in all aspects of private and public children law; radicalisation cases; domestic abuse; removal from the jurisdiction; international child abduction, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, poet and educator disrupting understandings of history, race, knowledge and violence. Suhaiymah is author of Postcolonial Banter (Verve Poetry Press, 2019), and Tangled in Terror: Uprooting Islamophobia (Pluto Press, 2022). She is artist in residence at Leeds Playhouse 2012- 2022.
Lucy Ellinson is an actor and theatre maker from North Wales, her background is in activism, and devised experimental and Queer performances. Lucy is a collaborative artist, enjoying long-established relationships with makers including Yael Shavit, Wendy Hubbard, Chris Thorpe, Clare Duffy, Metis Arts, Unlimited Theatre, Third Angel and Slung Low
Usman Ahmed is the Peer Learning Advisor at the UoB. Having worked across the University, Usman has built his working practice on supporting under-represented groups into and through higher education. Usman is also keen to develop Bradford based arts, increase community engagement across HE but other sectors, as well as support the development of Queer South Asian representation.
Mel Harris is CEO of Sparklab, an audio production company she set up in Manchester over 15 years ago. Mel spent 8 years working as a BBC producer in radio drama, then 4 years setting up and running BBC Writers Room North before branching out as an indie. www.sparklabproductions.com
Tanya Vital is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and National Youth Theatre alumni, she has worked for 2 decades in TV, Film, Stage and Voice-over. Tanya trained in playwriting with Madani Younis and Ola Animashawun. She produces live artistic events and launched the 1st Leeds MonologueSlam UK in 2011. About Actor — Tanya Vital
Firaz Chihi works for Stand and Be Counted (SBC) and is passionate about work that centres on sanctuary seekers. He takes a lead on SBC’s Culturally Sensitive Spaces Initiative and Language Access – ensuring language skills are never a barrier for participants and the audience. Firaz has worked across the country as an Interpreter and Translator for various industries including work with Cast, Doncaster and the National Theatre.