Introducing new Wildworks trustees
Mikey Martins, Ellie Woolman & James Chapman
Hailing from St Ives Cornwall where he grew up, Mikey has worked in the arts festival industry for more than two decades, across the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia. He has worked with numerous high-profile national and international cultural events, festivals and organisations, including the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Sydney Festival, The Out There Festival, Just for Laughs – Montreal, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Auckland International Arts Festival, Winchester Hat Fair, Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and as a Creative Producer for Outdoor Arts and Contemporary Circus with Theatre Bristol. Mikey is on the steering group for the IN SITU network, is the chair of Cultural Collisions Hull and is also a trustee of Welcome House – a support organisation for refugees and asylum seekers in Hull.
Mikey is passionate about how art in public space, arts festivals and organisations that integrate with communities, multi-disciplinary artists and place, can be truly powerful change-making and transformative forces for the place where they operate. Mikey believes great things can happen when working truly in collaboration, across sectors, across borders and across continents. Art, creativity and artistic practise can change often negative narratives so prevalent in our modern-day society, but not so easily on their own. Mikey moved to Hull after taking up his appointment as CEO and Artistic Director with Freedom Festival Arts Trust in 2015.
He is delighted to join the board of Wildworks allowing him to bring over 30 years of experience back home to Cornwall to a company he has known and admired for many years.
Ellie is currently Deputy Marketing Manager at Theatre Royal Plymouth. Previously she has worked with Miracle Theatre, Kneehigh Theatre and Barbican Theatre. Whilst studying Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management at Falmouth University, she joined Wildworks as Assistant Producer Intern in 2018 and cites Wildworks as a major turning point in her early career. Ellie is highly enthusiastic about audience development in theatre and creating opportunities for young people and emerging creatives in the South West so is pleased to be returning to Wildworks at such an exciting stage in their journey!
I am a father of 3 children, living in Cornwall and working internationally. I qualified as a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and am currently European Head of Capital Markets for the global property services company, Cushman & Wakefield. For the past 20 years I have been based in continental Europe working with diverse teams and across multiple geographies.
My passion for Cornwall stems from connectivity to the sea and being part of the community and environment around it. Its coastline provides an energy and grounding from which most of my visions grow and I love to experience it with my family from a paddleboard or kayak.
Being part of the Wildworks Board was an enticing opportunity to contribute to an ambitious business that has clarity of its Cornish soul whilst being curious and bold to embrace diverse creativity. I am also keen to bring my experience to help drive growth in a manner that is consistent with the company’s core values. I am excited by Wildwork’s objectives to increase access to the arts, redefine perspectives and to bring epic projects to reality.