UK Young Artists would like to thank all the outstanding individuals that have worked with us over the years across our staff and board team. Find out more about them here, and read about our current team below.

UKYA Staff

Michelle Bowen

Michelle Bowen


A highly experienced cultural and creative sector leader and manager with a career including senior positions in the strategic cultural agencies and funding system at both the Arts Council England and Craft Council. Leading and managing major organisational and programme development projects, as well offering as host of client services to both organisations and creative individuals. Thoroughly committed to artistic excellence and driving high quality practice particularly across the contemporary visual arts. She builds trustful influential relationships with colleagues and partners bringing local, national and international contacts and networks to any role. As Director, Michelle develops and delivers new partnerships and programmes for UKYA and ensures that UKYA is the leading organisation for cross disciplinary working, intercultural dialogue and supporting new creative talent from across the UK.


Laura Evans

Laura Evans

Comms & Audience Development Manager

At UK Young Artists, Laura is responsible for spreading the message far and wide and attracting diverse and high quality artist submissions for UKYA’s activities, as well as planning, programming and logistics for UKYA’s City Takeovers and international projects. Laura joined UKYA in 2014, and has worked on three of UKYA's City Takeovers and two international large scale projects. As a graduate of MA Performance Practices and BA Performance and Digital Arts at DMU, she is particularly interested in contemporary art and performance with digital technologies. Laura has worked in marketing and project management for other festivals in the region, such as Cultural eXchanges Festival, Story City Festival, University Dance Festival and The Spark Arts for Children.
Laura also works as a part-time lecturer at De Montfort University where she teaches on the BA Performing Arts degree and guest lectures on BA Arts and Festivals Management.


Nick Lawford

Operations Manager

For the last three years Nick has been Fundraising Manager at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, managing a team of six fundraisers, together responsible for generating annual income of more than £1.4 million through community fundraising, individual giving, staff fundraising, events, sponsorship and corporate partnerships.  An experienced fundraiser, Nick was previously Fundraising & Development Manager at Nottingham Playhouse where, for nearly seven years, he was responsible for developing sponsorship, individual giving, large-scale fundraising events, and income from trusts and foundations to support the operation of the theatre.  In his spare time Nick runs a small DIY record label, Hello Thor Records, releasing and publicising new music and promoting events in Nottingham and beyond. 


Vikki Jones

Engagement Coordinator

Vikki is a freelance youth engagement specialist. Over the past decade she has worked with theatre venues, exam boards, national arts festivals and community programmes, all with the focus of getting more young people involved in practical arts and cultural activity. Vikki spent three years working for Trinity College London on the Arts Award programme. Here she helped develop the Arts Award youth network, delivering youth consultations and residential activity and providing pastoral and training support. She most recently lead the Participation team at multi-arts venue Farnham Maltings, managing everything from animation clubs and youth theatres to community teas and outdoor dance programmes.

As a dance graduate Vikki works with the Vcreate collective to deliver dance clubs for primary and secondary schools across Nottinghamshire. Alongside her role with UKYA, Vikki works as Development Manager for the Creative People and Places programme, Made in Corby. Vikki strongly believes that creative and cultural opportunities make communities happier, healthier and safer and is passionately committed to getting as many people as possible to explore their creative selves.




Amanda Briggs-Goode

In the role as Head of Department for Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design at Nottingham Trent University, Amanda provides subject leadership and management for a busy and creative department

Prior to becoming Head of Department for Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design in 2013, Amanda was Principle Lecturer in Textile Design and led on the Chartered Society of Designers accreditation. While in this role she published the key text book Printed Textile Design with Lawrence King Publishers. Amanda has also maintained research interests and for the past ten years has worked with the lace archive which is held within the school and she leads the lace heritage research group.

She co-organised a season of city wide events called Lace:Here:Now in 2013 which included exhibitions, film showings, lace making, an academic symposium and lectures across the main cultural venues in Nottingham, later co-editing a book of the same name. In 2018 she has curated an exhibition ‘Lace Unarchived’ which includes work from the NTU archive and from designers, artists and manufacturers of Nottingham Lace. She has published and exhibited widely on lace and heritage related issues.

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Huw Davies

Huw Davies is Professor of Lens Media at the University of Derby and Visiting Professor at HBU/UCLAN in Baoding, China. As a filmmaker, photographer and curator his work has included commissions for many national and international agencies and broadcasters including; Arts Council England, Scottish Screen, BBC, Discovery Channel, Arte and Canal +, as well as being screened at international film festivals in over twenty-five countries. Huw has an active involvement in a number of arts and cultural organizations he has previously sat on the boards of QUAD and Derby Theatre, and is currently a trustee of UK Young Artists, Artcore and FORMAT International Photography Festival Steering Group. In 2004 he founded the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, based in England’s most northerly town. He was its Artistic Director until 2008 and is currently Chair of its Board of Trustees.

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David McGravie

David is Head of Art and Design at the University of Derby and is responsible for the delivery of this broad curriculum area, from fine art to fashion, textiles to Interior, graphic design through to illustration, animation to product design.

David has a background in product design and related fields and was an early adopter 3D modelling and rapid prototyping and a keen advocate of the benefits these bring to the design process. The integration of digital processes within traditional design has been a key part of his pedagogy and approach to curriculum design.

David has spent a large part of his HE experience working collaboratively with UK, EU and partners overseas. A key supporter of TNE in its broadest sense, he has worked extensively in China and Malaysia amongst other countries, and is well versed in leading and supporting curriculum developments in the EU and OS markets.


Norman Cherry

Norman Cherry was formerly Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts at the University of Lincoln. Currently he practices as an independent artist, curator, and consultant. An internationally recognised expert in the field of jewellery, prior to his appointment at Lincoln in 2008, he was Head of the renowned Birmingham School of Jewellery. His work has been exhibited extensively internationally and many of his pieces are held in private and public collections throughout the world. One of his medals is held by the British Museum in their Contemporary Collection. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and has undertaken consultancies in several countries, including Brazil, South Africa, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, and Jordan. He is also a Visiting Professor at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia.

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Gary Thomas

Gary is co-founder and director of Animate Projects, curating and producing projects at the intersection of film, animation and art. He also works as a Film Programme Manager at the British Council, the UK’s cultural relations organisation. He leads on film for East Asia and China and he is  the Film team’s specialist on animation, experimental moving image, and cross art form practice. He coordinates the advocacy group Animation Alliance UK; he’s a trustee of the National Dance Company of Wales and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.




Martin Knox

Martin Knox works with design, with cultures, he delivers within the spirit of organisations. How they are conceived, trusted, packaged and presented, delivered and received. Sales and profit grow.

Martin has worked with: Next, Sainsbury’s, Boots, BHS, The Post Office, M&S, Schuh, Cancer Research UK, Dixons, Help the Aged, Early Learning Centre, Start-Rite, Poundland, Magnet, Converse, Kangol...amongst others