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James Lock

Managing Director

I am the founder and Managing Director of Opus Independents Ltd, a not-for-profit, independent organisation, working in culture, politics and the arts. Opus works to encourage and support participation, activism and creativity through mediums including in print, online and live events.

Currently our main strands are Now Then Magazine, Opus Distribution, Wordlife, Festival of Debate and the Now Then Discounts App, and bespoke commissioned projects like the Digital Poetry Slam and the Our Fair City campaign.

I have ten years of experience working in the third sector in a variety of project management and delivery roles. I also have experience in sales, marketing and promotion and a particular knowledge of independent trade, arts and culture sectors within the city.

In addition to my role at Opus, I am also a trustee of Voluntary Action Sheffield and a Director of Sheffield Creative Guild. 


Some of our members only offer some of their skills in only certain capacities on the timebank.