Emily believes in the power of stories to help young people become whatever they want to be. She was previously Head of Programmes and Interim Executive Director at First Story, and most recently has been running the Good Chance Theatre dome in a refugee centre in Paris. She writes poems in her spare time on trains, walking along Hoxton Street, in parks – anywhere she finds inspiration.
Kirsty loves things to be shipshape and reach their full potential. She believes that each and every person has the power to transform their community. Kirsty has a background in fundraising, participation and service delivery, gained through almost 20 years in the charity world. Her ambition is to help create fantastic relationships with our volunteers, funders and shoppers, so that we can support more children to discover their talent.
Ben is a writer, director and dramaturg. He co-founded the Ministry of Stories and was previously Literary Manager and Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre where he established the company’s ground-breaking young playwrights’ scheme and programmed the work of The Door.
Alistair is responsible for the look of the Ministry of Stories and Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, overseeing a team of fantastic volunteer designers. He has been running his own graphic design studio, We Made This, for over ten years.
Throughout childhood Emily longed to someday run a shop selling supplies for monsters and could hardly believe it when she discovered such a shop existed right on her doorstep in Shoreditch. Emily has worked in community conflict resolution and counselling, including as a volunteer counsellor with children with the Place2Be.
Hannah has worked as a fundraiser, artist and youth facilitator for all kinds of arts organisations (festivals, roman forts, circuses – you name it) for 10 years. Her creative writing skills are a bit rusty but she has fond memories of writing and illustrating her own books as a child that were basically rip-offs of The Worst Witch. She’s keen to learn a thing or two from our young writers and in return raise lots of funds to support their work.
Indigo has worked with schools and art organisations for over six years and is one of the first of six trained Spoken Word Educators in the country. She has taught poetry in English lessons and devised creative initiatives across secondary and primary schools to improve engagement and literacy. She is a believer of magic, passionate about the arts and manages our relationships with schools.
Miriam takes care of school visits at the Ministry of Stories as well as longer-term school programmes. She is a poet, creative educator and producer whose work has taken her into schools, museums and prisons in the UK, USA and Singapore. Miriam became a poet thanks to her first mentor, Jacob Sam-La Rose, and now supports new writers and educators in turn. She loves handwritten letters and swimming in the cold cold sea.
A creative soul at heart, Oz has reluctantly pursued work in every other industry but the arts. Then something magical happened one day, a mysterious opportunity appeared in her inbox. The rest, well let’s say it will be history…
Sandra is a Storyteller, Writer, Playwright, Poet, Book Doctor and Cultural Historian. She loves anything to do with Literature and History. She has worked in a range of organisations from art galleries and community groups to forests and libraries. Sandra was the Centenary Storyteller for the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden in 2016. For nearly twenty years she was the Literature Development Officer in Southwark and Lewisham libraries.
Staś has been involved in story making in one form or another for many years, from devising plays in professional theatre to creative story making with community arts organisations. Many moons ago Staś trained as a dancer at the Laban Centre and studied acting at Middlesex, he has an MA in Community Art from Goldsmiths and has worked as trainer and facilitator for over twenty years and enjoys discovering new and creative ways for young people to make stories.
Régis was appointed Director, Grants and Programmes at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation in July 2015, having been Head of Arts since 2005. He was previously head of external relations and then opera general administrator at Aldeburgh Productions (now Aldeburgh Music).
Simon has been with H W Fisher & Company for over 13 years. He acts for a broad portfolio of audit clients across a wide range of industry sectors including media, property and professional practices. Simon is a family man and spends most of his time out of work with his children. He is very interested in sports such as football, golf and swimming.
Michaela is the Development and Communications Director at the Roundhouse and following a brief period in the commercial sector has nearly 20 years’ experience in the charity and arts sector. Having started her fundraising career at the National Theatre she moved into the charity sector before joining the Roundhouse more than five years ago.
Sian has c20 years’ experience in the cultural/creative sector – strategic development, fundraising and youth & community engagement. She creates and delivers innovative social change projects working with community-based youth workers and residents’ groups, and is currently working with grime artists Rapid, Slix and Shifty developing the Ruff Sqwad Arts Foundation.
Shireen is a partner at media and entertainment law firm Harbottle & Lewis. She has over 20 years’ experience specialising in brands, content and technology. She is also a Non Executive Director and Council Member of the Advertising Standards Authority, as well as a CEDR accredited mediator.
Duncan is Assistant Head at Hermitage Primary School in Wapping. He is committed to ensuring that creativity and imagination retain their central place in children’s education.
Sue has long been committed to education and the arts. She works in national strategy and implementation of curriculum and assessment both in the UK and abroad, after being Director of Curriculum for England. She was awarded the MBE in 2014 for services to literature.
Piers Torday’s first book for children, The Last Wild, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. His work has been translated into thirteen languages and he is asked to speak in schools all over the world to children about reading and writing. He is also a Trustee of the Pleasance Theatre, and a Reading Helper with Beanstalk.
Nick is a poet, playwright and creative entrepreneur. His debut collection Kingdom of Gravity is shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and nominated by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2017. He won the 2015 Brunel International Poetry prize and the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his pamphlet, Resurrection Man.
Mina’s story is steeped in the world of publishing as a Publisher/Publishing Director at companies including BBC, Trotman, Guinness World Records, Berlitz and Lonely Planet. She has been driven by a passion to inspire diverse audiences about the world around them and open their minds to the wealth of opportunities that lie ahead for them. At the heart of this is her belief that the art of storytelling, of writing and communicating well, opens up a word of possibilities and opportunities. After all, our journeys begin with the stories we create and those we encounter, and with that in mind, she is also following her other passion – to write stories.
Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is an award winning poet, playwright & founder of the Midnight Run. Identity, Displacement & Destiny are reoccurring themes in his work in which he mixes the old with the new, traditional with the contemporary. His books are published by Flipped Eye, Akashic, Nine Arches & Oberon.
Nadia is an author and illustrator. Her debut book Good Little Wolf won the UKLA Book Award, and she’s been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children’s Book Award amongst others. Her book The Bumblebear was distributed to every primary school starter in England in 2017 as part of Booktrust’s Time To Read campaign.
Charlie Higson is an author, actor, comedian and writer for television and radio. He wrote the Young Bond series, which has now sold over a million copies in the UK and has been translated into over 24 different languages. Charlie is a huge fan of horror films and books, and even studied gothic literature at university.
Nikesh is the author of Coconut Unlimited, which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010, and Meatspace. In 2013 he released The Time Machine, which won the Best Novella at the Sabotage Awards. His short stories have featured in Best British Short Stories 2013, The Sunday Times and BBC Radio 4.
Riz is an actor and rapper known for his roles in films Shifty and Four Lions. As Riz MC, he has been championed by BBC Radio1 – on the ‘Introducing’ stage at Glastonbury, the Electric Proms, and a Maida Vale session – and toured the USA, playing shows from Fabric to the Royal Festival Hall with the likes of Massive Attack, Nitin Sawhney, Dizzee Rascal, and Mos Def.
David is the author of four novels including One Day and Us. His TV credits include penning an updated version of Much Ado About Nothing with Damien Lewis and Sarah Parrish and an acclaimed adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbervilles starring Gemma Arterton and Eddie Redmayne. He has been twice nominated for BAFTA awards.
Co-founder of Second Home and and co-founder and chairman of Spacious, Rohan was formerly a senior policy adviser for the government.
Laura is a performance poet, author, illustrator and short story writer. She is the author of the series of books ‘Darcy Burdock’ for young readers.
Born in Hackney, Linda became one of the most recognised names and voices in the British folk rock movement of the 1970s and 1980s, in collaboration with her then husband and fellow British folk rock musician, guitarist Richard Thompson, and later as a solo artist.
Charles is a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy and drew on that experience in writing his latest book ‘We-think: the power of mass creativity’.
Meera Syal is a writer, comedian, playwright and actress. She co-writes and is a cast member of the popular BBC Television comedy series ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ and The Kumars at No. 42′. She also works as a journalist and is a regular contributor to The Guardian.
Zadie is the author of four novels including ‘White Teeth’ and ‘On Beauty’ which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction.
Dominic is an actor known for his roles in, among others, ‘History boys’, ‘Mamma Mia!’, ‘An Education’ and ‘The Dutchess’.
Rachel is a journalist and writer. Born in Sheffield, the daughter of a university lecturer, Cooke attended Oxford University, before beginning her career as a reporter for The Sunday Times.
Nick is the author of six novels, including High Fidelity and About a Boy. He has also written three works of non-fiction, including Fever Pitch. He wrote the screenplay for the film An Education, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. Nick was a journalist and an English teacher before becoming a writer.
Kerri is an American who has been residing in London for 15 years. Kerri worked in finance for HSBC and Morgan Stanley, and then had a 15 year career as an administrator for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Since moving to London she has been active in a variety of nonprofit organisations involved in education, theatre, and youth sports.
Cathy is an expat living in London. Her work experience ranges from corporate advertising, PR, and marketing to extensive volunteer work and Board leadership positions for local and national charities.
Maureen is a US lawyer who has been living in London for 7 years. Maureen works as a volunteer advisor for Zacchaeus 2000 Trust representing individuals with debt and housing issues.
Charles is a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy and drew on that experience in writing his latest book We-think: the power of mass creativity.
Liam is Chief Technology Officer for the British Government. His team within the Government Digital Service is responsible for technical leadership across government and for identifying the technologies required to deliver great digital public services.
Liz is a Government Relations expert with 20 years experience working in the tech industry in the U.S. and UK. She is passionate about increasing opportunities for young people in STEM subjects and more broadly through organisations like the Ministry of Stories.
Charlotte is Director of Development at the Royal Academy of Arts. She previously worked as Director of Creative Development at Outset Contemporary Art Fund, and in the curatorial departments at The National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.