Louise Yates

Director

Brought up on a mix of the finest working men’s club turns South Leeds had to offer, it’s no wonder Louise took to a career in the arts: she started her acting career as 1970’s cabaret performer ‘Fanny Rogers’, going on to work in TV and theatre whilst teaching acting and directing at Thomas Danby College, Leeds. 

With a degree in Theatre and Music Tech from York and a PGCE from Huddersfield, Louise came to Hull 12 years ago to join Hull Truck Theatre’s education team. Like most visitors, she fell in love with the city and made Hull her home, moving on to manage the regional youth arts organisation Creative Connexions, engaging with some of the most hard to reach young people in the region and switching them on to the Arts.

Louise went on to Arts Development Officer at Hull City Council, where she was instrumental in the first conversations about creating what is now Middle Child and Silent Uproar.  Her passion for engaging new audiences was born out of working with the Hull Events Team on large scale events across the city, such as the Lord Mayor’s Parade and the Christmas Lights switch on – it was here she developed those very Back to Ours ingredients of mixing the familiar with the unfamiliar.

As Producer for Hull UK City of Culture, her commitment and passion for engaging communities was evident through Back to Ours and Land of Green Ginger. Placing herself very firmly in areas across the city to find out how people could be engaged and what connected with them, she produced 7 Alleys and The Gold Nose of Green Ginger for the latter by placing herself in the heart of these communities and talking to anyone and everyone. 

And when she has time, with a love of indie music, dogs and nights out down the club with her family, Lou’s fave place in the world is Singapore followed closely by Lloret De Mar. 

Nesta Nelson

Producer

Back to Ours simply wouldn’t function without Nesta. She looks after the whole team and office, puts processes in place to make sure everything is as organised as possible and makes sure all our artists get paid on time! She also assists Louise and the Producing Team with all aspects of Back to Ours planning, keeps our volunteers fed and watered, and helps evaluate everything we do.

Nesta loves art in unusual spaces, Vegetable Nannies, Rupaul’s Drag Race and independent film.

Tony Forrester

Neighbourhood Programme Manager 

Tony is busy working out in the thick of various Hull communities, making new partnerships, forming Hubs, and finding new venues to perform work in. 

He used to be nifty on a pair of roller skates, loves golf, and even has a caddy-shaped lunchbox. Don’t get him started on how many calories are in a packet of Nik Naks. 

Marketing Partner / Wild Card Creative

Evaluation Partner / Green Ginger Event Services

All the beautiful photographs are by Jerome Whittingham.  All the others are probably by Chrissie.

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