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Lyndy Cooke

She is a well renowned and highly experienced events producer,
programmer, curator and a freelance international consultant for arts and
cultural organisations such as the National Trust, British Council, Arts
Councils in UK and Ireland, Commonwealth Foundation, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Queens Park Book
Festival, Jaipur Literature Festival in India, York Festival of Ideas, Ubud
Writers & Readers Festival in Bali.

Lyndy is most well-known for her 20 years of being the Managing Director of Hay Festival; taking the company from a turnover of £40K to c.£3.8M, and establishing 8 international satellite festivals across 5 continents.

Lyndy is the senior project manager for Richie Turner Associates, in addition to leading on all financial management consultancy tasks (she loves a good spreadsheet!) During COVID Lyndy setup a packpony business, but spends most of her time running her own events consultancy businesses – Hand Held Events – which she she co-founded in 2017.

Trevor Palmer

Trevor is a South Wales based disabled entrepreneur, with over 30 years business experience. Trevor’s passion lies in promoting employment opportunities and independence for disabled people.  Trevor is undertaking his second period as a Board Member for Disability Wales, in addition to roles on the Newport Access Group, Newport Live Arts Committee and the Social Services National Partnership Board for Wales.

Trevor runs GL100 Services who offer a variety of services to businesses, organisations and services employing disabled people, and ResponsABLE Assistance that fund projects worldwide that promote equality for disabled people.

Trevor has worked on our research for the UK Arts Access Card and both phases of our Widening Engagement research.

Jonny Cotsen

Born in Cardiff, Jonny is a qualified graphic designer and teacher but has left his professional career to develop himself as a performance artist, facilitator and consultant for inclusion in the arts.  Jonny developed and wrote the ACW Toolkit for venues and theatre companies, which provides guidance on how to improve access for D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences in Wales.

Jonny also runs inclusive drama workshops and is a D/deaf Equality trainer for disabled and non-disabled trustees of Disability Arts Cymru. Jonny was the artist residence with Pervasive Media Studio based at the Watershed in Bristol.

Jonny is our lead D/Deaf consultant and has worked on both phases of our Widening Engagement research.

Jon Luxton

Jon is well-known disability rights campaigner, performer and co-artistic director for ‘uhhuh dance’, long time member and former chair of Disability Arts Cymru, and a former Arts

Council advisor. Since 2002, Jon has worked as a trainer, a lecturer, a facilitator, an author and a service designer. This work included whole project delivery, freelance advisor work and the delivery of large-scale capacity building D&E training.

Jon is currently the specialist advisor for disability for the Minister for Social Justice, Welsh Government. Prior to this appointment his career spanned 16 years’ experience as an equality / diversity trainer / bespoke course designer working both in the private and public sector for organisations such as the Arts Council, Local Authorities, Welsh Millennium Centre, Chapter Arts Centre and Welsh Government.

By way of example, he has co-designed and delivered a major Inclusive Service Provision programmes for government economic development departments in Wales which was delivered to over 600 people.

Jon is working on our Phase 2 Widening Engagement research.

UCAN Productions

UCAN productions is a performance and creative arts co-operative for blind and partially sighted children/young people/adults and their friends.

They are our visual impairment consultants and are working with us on our Phase 2 Widening Engagement research.

Cooked Illustration

Information cannot, does not, exist in a vacuum. At Cooked Illustrations, we increase the impact of any and all forms of research by applying creative thinking, accessibility design and storytelling.

Our mission is to innovate, challenge, and improve the way in which we communicate complex ideas and how we bridge the gap from thought to action. Through this labour, we discover new ways to tell stories in the fields of policy, education, scientific research, humanities, sustainability and beyond. If knowledge is power, then our goal is to empower citizens, communities, organisations, individuals… as many people as possible to enact positive change around them. To do it with care, kindly, through deep listening and collaboratively.

Cooked Illustrations have worked on both phases of our Widening Engagement research; and our currently working on the Powys Arts Strategy project.

Redux Studios

Redux Studios specialises in virtual reality and mobile games. We offer Unreal 4/5 and Unity3D solutions.

We also offer a full range of video production services.

Redux Studies worked with us on producing the Reasonate Festival (Coventry City of Culture) showreels.

Joanne West

Jo run Urban Stamp, a creative network for peopl eof colour working in the creative industries in South Wales.

Jo also works for Watch-Africa as part of their Culture Connect skills project, funded by Creative Wales; aiming to encourage greater diversity in Wales’ screen industries.

Cowlick Creative

Cowlick Creative specialise in creating bold and engaging designs for third Sector, education, SMEs and Startups. Our designs are crafted to meet the highest standards of accessibility, ensuring that everyone can access and benefit from informative, engaging content. With our expertise in graphic design and digital marketing, we help you connect with your audience and elevate your brand, so you can achieve your goals and make a positive impact. Whether you need a logo, website design, or marketing materials, we have the skills and creativity to bring your vision to life.

Cowlick Creative are currently with us working on the Powys Arts Strategy Project.

Arcadian Owls

Group of passionate filmmakers striving to tell vivid stories. We set out to challenge ourselves, making films that are exciting, engaging and eccentric.

Arcadian Owls are working on Phase 2 of the Widening Engagement project.