Our People

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.

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.

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.

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.