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Our Team

The Guild is currently run by three part time staff; Jane Shields, Oriana Franceschi and Kate Wood, find out more about them below.

Jane Shields, Director

Originally from Sheffield, Jane moved to London to train in European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College. After a few years in London, a stint training as an acrobatic in Estonia and a year living on a farm in rural Wales, Jane moved back to Sheffield. Jane set up the Guild in 2015 and has been running it ever since. She is also a Director of Bloom Sheffield and a Trustee for Ignite Imaginations and Bright Box Makerspace.

When Jane is not at work she enjoys listening to podcasts, eating peanut butter with a spoon and hanging out with her toddler William.

Get in touch: [email protected]


Oriana Franceschi, Programme and Engagement Manager

Oriana came to live in Sheffield in March of 2018 and has since enjoyed working with Sheffield Doc/Fest and Cinema For All. She is also on the programming and selection team for Glasgow Short Film Festival and in 2019 acted as a member of the jury for Leeds Film Festival‘s British and Yorkshire short competition programmes.

Oriana also performs melancholy pop music as Shelley Byron with her band, Shelley Byron and the Poison Sleep. They recently released their first EP, Arms of Night, listen on Spotify or Bandcamp.

When Oriana is not at work she enjoys making felt animals for her cat to destroy, watching Columbo and eating lasagne.

Get in touch: [email protected]

Kate Wood, Communications Officer

After almost ten years in Brighton, Kate moved to Sheffield in 2019. She joined the Sheffield Creative Guild team in April 2020. With her other hat on, she’s a film programmer and still remotely programmes the cinema at Towner Eastbourne.

When Kate is not at work she enjoys going to the cinema, obsessing about her cat Peanut, and cooking Meera Sodha recipes.

Get in touch: [email protected]

The board

Our Board of Directors is elected from our membership. Any member can nominate themselves to the Board and elections are held annually at our Annual General Meeting. The role of the Board is to advise and guide the Guild and to make sure that everything we do is in the best interest of our members.

Our current Board Directors are:


Kisha Bradley (Chair)

Bright Box Makerspace

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Heather Ditch

Freelance Brand Planner & Copywriter

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Tracey Shibli

Freelance Fundraiser

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Karina Lax

Photographer, Associate Lecturer

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Annalisa Toccara

Our Mel & Voluntary Action Sheffield

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Paul Boardman

Freelance Graphic Designer

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Mark Riddington

Abbeydale Picture House

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