Jessica oversees the co-ordination of projects which includes keeping on top of the all-important project paperwork, making connections and finding participants. She travels all over Yorkshire to day care centres and residential homes delivering projects and likes, as much as possible, to be in fancy dress! Jessica is a professionally trained designer and embroiderer with a passion for vintage fashion. She loves cats, unicorns and chocolate orange (she says they’re not Terry’s, they’re hers).
Fran oversees the growth and development of the company along with all the finance and policy stuff. This includes managing projects, finding new partners, exploring funding possibilities, presenting at conferences and as many spreadsheets as she can possibly fit into a day. Her main interest (apart from spreadsheets) is in food – cooking it, eating it and watching people cook it on the telly!
Fran Rodgers - CEO
"The team at Purple Patch are second to none, in not only their commitment, enthusiasm and passion, but in their depth of knowledge and understanding of their clients. Working with Purple Patch is a delight, knowing that you will be working with consumate professionsals who not only deliver but do it with a smile."
- Laura Harris, Head of Development, Your Consortium
Bronia Angove - Programmes Manager
Bronia supports all of the staff and participants on our Programmes. She also books all of our venues, makes sure we keep to our policies (yawn!), and generally keeps everyone happy and smiling. Bronia loves all things crafty, giggling with her little girl, sunny days and is especially fond of custard creams and haribo!
Jessica Robinson - Projects Co-ordinator
Becky Ward - Programmes Assistant
Becky is our ‘Programmes Assistant’, supporting Bronia to make sure everything runs smoothly in the office, and using her wonderful skills to support projects when needed. She’s a trained dancer, which goes down very well at the Beamsley disco! She joined us after an internship at Yorkshire Dance in Leeds, and has a mild obsession with Cath Kidston.
Jae Hargan - Finance Officer
Jae has been supporting Purple Patch Arts since we started as our ‘Company Secretary’. In 2015 she also became our Finance Officer which involves paying people and checking that people have paid us! Jae has just completed a PhD at The University of Bradford and before that set up Choice Advocacy, which is another organisation supporting people with learning disabilities. Jae is super fit and healthy and takes part in Ironman competitions – which are long distance triathalons (when she’s not reading books or making spreadsheets that is!).
We have a brilliant team of arts education specialists who are out and about delivering programmes across the region. Our ‘Programme Leaders’ are the folk who oversee workshops, manage the team, deliver sessions and undertake monitoring of learner progression. This bunch of super-organised, inspiring individuals are Lauren Smalley, James Heselwood, Kate Barkley, Chemaine Cooke, Jo Pitman and Georgie Buchanen. Our ‘Programme Artists’ deliver fabulous creative sessions as part of the programme day and the team is made up of these talented folk: Van Nong, Linda Korenika and Lorna Johnstone. Our ‘Programme Supports’ Lynsey Beard, Sarah Taylor, Charles Eden, Grace Darbyshire and Brendan Larkin are the friendly faces welcoming people and making sure talents are nurtured and achievements noted.
Our Board of Directors, made up of Dave Allan (Chair), Laura Harris and Alison Van Der Wert, are a fabulous group of people who help to keep us on the straight and narrow! They work closely with Fran on business planning, financial management, Health and Safety and everything in between, and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience that's invaluable to the company.