Claire Drury

Producer and Programme Manager

Claire’s worked in arts festivals and events across Yorkshire, including Ilkley Literature Festival, Tour De France Yorkshire Grand Depart and most recently at Hull UK City of Culture 2017. 

As the Producer and Programme Manager at Back to Ours, Claire’s working closely with artists and local people to make great events happen across the city.

 She’s also a huge folk music fan, and has been known to make a mixed berry tart from scratch just because she felt like it. 

Tony Forrester

Community Development 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. 

Jaxon

CEO / BTO Cover Pup

Jaxon’s favourite walk is on Cayton Bay beach, and he likes to run and jump up at people. He’s otherwise known as the bedtime master, and when he beeps his Beep Beep squeaky bone everyone has to retire to bed. One beep = bedtime, two beeps = that’s enough now, wake up. 

He’s come a long way from his hillbilly routes (born in deepest East Riding) and hates mud and puddles, preferring a snooze by the fire with one eye on the passers-by and the other on Sky Sports. 

Christina Lewis

Marketing Manager

Chrissie was writer-in-residence at HMP Hull from 2010 – 2013. Since then, she’s worked with 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.

Carys Tavener

Production Manager

As Production Manager, Carys plans and manages the technical delivery of our festivals and events, acting on the requirements of the performers, juggling the needs of the circus acts, speaking on behalf of the singers, and hosting the community venues.

Lover of The Beatles, David Attenborough and blue cheese. Carrier of fencing.

Louise Yates

Director

Brought up on a mix of the finest working mens 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 Threatre’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. More recently, as Arts Development Officer at Hull City Council and Producer for Hull UK City of Culture, her commitment and passion for engaging communities was seen through Back to Ours and Land of Green Ginger.

With a love of indie music, dogs and nights out down the club with her family, her 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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