2017 Board Nominations Announced

23rd October, 2017


With our Annual General Meeting coming up on 23rd November, we are preparing to elect new members to our Board of Directors (see our current Board here).

As a cooperative, every year, a third or more of our Directors have to step down to enable new members to step up. This year three Directors, LuisaHannah and Max, are stepping down and therefore we are looking to elect 2-4 new Board Directors to replace them.

We put a call out last month for members to put themselves forward and we conveniently received only four applications. This means that, unless contested, we will duly elect all applicants to the Board at our AGM without having to hold an official election.

You can read all about the applicants through their statements below. I hope you agree that they are four strong candidates and we hope to see you at the AGM!

Catherine Mailhac - Learning, engagement and research freelancer

I first got involved in Sheffield’s creative sector when I moved here in 2001. Since then, I have worked with creative individuals, organisations and agencies across the city. I have delivered and managed cultural projects in community, education and regeneration settings. I have had several roles at Museums Sheffield, including co-ordinating gallery refurbishments, marketing, and managing the public programme for adults. I worked in London and Manchester for a bit (National Portrait Gallery, Imperial War Museum North), but I missed Sheffield! So, for the last three years, I have been a freelance consultant based in Sheffield, working here and across the UK. I support cultural organisations to get people involved in a meaningful way. This includes: 

  • Doing evaluation and advocacy work
  • Producing learning and event programmes
  • Managing projects
  • Developing partnerships
  • Creating gallery interpretation and resources

The big launch party inspired me to join the Guild! I was impressed that this new idea had drawn together such a lovely crowd of creatives from across the city - there was a good buzz about it. It has been great to see the Guild harness this collective energy - trying out new things, bringing people together and becoming part of the creative fabric of the city. It has achieved a lot already, with few resources and a small team. I am based at Union Street, so I see just how busy Jane and Brett (the Guild staff) are! I am really keen to support them and the membership, helping the Guild to go from strength to strength.

Lahari Parchuri - Senior Enterprise Coach

I am a Senior Enterprise Advisor at Groundwork South Yorkshire. I work with social enterprise start ups or people with ideas to set up a social venture to enable them get off the ground as quickly or as slowly as they want to. I am originally from India where I used to be a Systems Engineer and hold a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering. I am interested in developing communities for a better world.

I believe that creativity doesn't just belong to what most people perceive as traditional creative sectors. I practice creative entrepreneurship and the freedom that creative practitioners have in their work. I am passionate about community and social enterprise development. I studied engineering and worked as an engineer only to realise my passion was elsewhere. Sheffield has a huge creative scene and I would like to contribute in shaping how SCG can take it to next level.

John Tunnard - Media Lawyer at Taylor & Emmet LLP

I recently moved to Sheffield in April of this year to take up a role as a Solicitor at Taylor & Emmet. I have a strong background in Trusts, Charity and Tax Law as well as dealing with litigation. I hold an undergraduate degree in Music from the University of Newcastle and a postgraduate degree in Media Law and Business. 

I have recently instigated a new Media and Music Law department at our firm offering services to musicians, photographers, artists, writers, actors and many more. During the process of building this new department, I have had the great opportunity of meeting with so many creative and talented individuals right here in the City. I am simply blown away by the amount of imaginative activities that appear to be going on in Sheffield and as a result I am keen to learn more and to offer my support wherever and in whatever way I can.

In my spare time I gig regularly as a keyboard player in a variety of bands including my own group Frankly Jazz. I have also recently joined the Sheffield Jazz Board of Trustees in support of jazz music in the region.

I would relish the opportunity to work with the members of Sheffield Creative Guild and to become more involved with the exciting creative hub here in Sheffield.

Matt Hill - Enterprise Co-ordinator at Union St & Enterprise Nation

I will offer my enthusiasm and energy towards supporting the Guild in developing it's activities to engage and support the membership, to build upon what is already an inspiring project. As a member, I've been very impressed with what I've experienced so far, from the initial workshops outlining the vision and method of the Timebank, attending events to network with members, and in working alongside Jane and Brett, the Guild staff at Union St.

I would hope my experience in developing Union St as a self sustaining membership organisation may also be of benefit to the Guild, learning from the approaches which have worked best to engage with people and contribute to a professional ecosystem.