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. 

Christina Lewis

Marketing Manager

Since she first wrote a poem about her dog escaping and stealing a pair of knickers from the neighbour’s washing line (funnier than it sounds), Chrissie’s had the writing bug. 

She first came to Hull in 2009 as writer-in-residence at HMP Hull, working with offenders to engage them in different forms of writing. She stayed there until 2013, going on to work alongside Beverley Literature Festival, Bridlington Poetry Festival, Amy Johnson Festival, Humber Mouth Literature Festival (she really likes festivals), and the Land of Green Ginger for Hull UK City of Culture. 

She’s fond of books, cheese, typewriters and dansette legs on furniture, sometimes all at the same time. 

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.

Christie Parkin

Monitoring and Evaluation Manager 

Christie came to Hull in 2007 to study at the University, becoming fluent in German dont’cha know!

After going home for a few years, she soon came back when she realised that Hull was much more fun than Derbyshire. A few years later, after a stint as a Hull UK City of Culture volunteer, Christie joined the staff team; working on M&E across the programme, she became hands-on with projects such as Land of Green Ginger, where she was intrigued by the different areas the city has to offer.  

After a few months in a campervan in Spain, she decided to return to Hull and joined us here at BTO. Most of Christie’s time is spent filling up the diaries of our lovely volunteers, who do a fab job supporting our events across the city – bet you’ve had a chat with one of them at some point! 

Her favourite place to be is Berlin, where you’ll find her in a kebab shop or at a flea market buying stuff she has no space for. For anyone wondering, alpacas and llamas are NOT the same.

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. 

All the beautiful photographs are by Jerome Whittingham.  All the grainy phone snaps are most probably by Chrissie trying to pretend she’s Annie Leibovitz.

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