We couldn't do this without lots of people being involved. It all happens thanks to our story ministers.
Lucy Macnab, Co-Director
Lucy has a background in participation, writer development and teaching and learning. Her work is about finding ways to help people tell their stories: in print, performance, digitally, through collaboration. Most recently, Lucy was Participation Producer at Southbank Centre, where among many projects she made a Global Poetry System, a children’s production of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and an oral history of the Royal Festival Hall.
Ben Payne, Co-Director
Ben Payne is a writer, director and dramaturg, specialising in new writing for theatre. He was previously Literary Manager and Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre where he established Transmissions, the company’s ground-breaking young playwrights’ scheme and programmed the work of The Door, the Rep’s new writing theatre.
Emily Bromfield, Deputy Director (Maternity Cover)
Emily has worked in the arts for over a decade. Her background is mainly in communications but she’s also been an arts and music journalist. Previous to Ministry of Stories, she was Head of Communications at Artangel, a visual arts commissioner and producer. She has also worked at the Lyric Hammersmith and Young Vic theatres; and PEN International where she was part of the team that established the Free the Word! contemporary literature festival, and education programmes worldwide.
Ilona Leighton-Goodall, General Manager
Ilona spent a decade in television production before leaving to manage an independent bookshop. She went on to become a Centre Director at Arvon’s residential creative writing houses, first in Shropshire then Yorkshire, returning to London to join the Ministry of Stories. She’s hopeful that her Masters in Taxonomy and Biodiversity will come in useful when catering for the monster customers at Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
Vicky Price, Creative Learning Manager
Vicky has worked as a Secondary English teacher in a large mixed secondary school, focusing on enabling pupils to be creative while developing their literacy skills and developing the school’s creative writing club. Before this, she worked as a Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant and as an Activity Leader in a language school. Having just completed a Masters dissertation that investigated the use of narratives in archaeology, she is embarrassingly excited to start her work with the Ministry of Stories.
Edward Mackay, Development Manager
Edward has worked on community projects in east London for the last eight years – from running the mediation charity which pioneered the narrative approach to conflict-capability in the UK; to working with residents to run street parties on local estates as a collaborative starting point for local development; and as a fundraiser and communications officer. Before that, he worked in community education in North Yorkshire and started out as a youth worker. He is also a poet, a keen cyclist and a creative cook.
Laura Rae, Writing Programme Leader
Laura has recently left her home town of Hull, where her work for Hull Truck theatre included facilitating youth theatre workshops and directing original plays as part of Hull Truck Young Writers Festival. She is proud to have set up Hull Truck’s writing group for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. Laura has delivered creative writing workshops in schools, youth clubs, day care centres, homeless activity centres, adult education centres and prisons. She is delighted to be in London and working for the Ministry of Stories.
Bria Crouch, Community Engagement Coordinator
Bria has done quite a few different things, all of which have storytelling at their centre. She has been a drama and music teacher, an actor, a dramatherapist, an arts education practitioner and a festival manager. She is very excited to put her MA in Community and Participatory Arts into practice at the Ministry of Stories and discover the wonderful stories that the people of Hoxton have to tell. She is also addicted to tea.
Rich Catty, Administrator
Rich has over seven years experience in administrative roles but made the switch from the office to the Ministry following a delightful year of shop and mentor volunteering at MoS. He enjoys writing and attending his weekly reading club where the group share great novels and classic poetry. He is also a massive music fanatic and claims to be the biggest psych-rock enthusiast this side of Bethnal Green.