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!
"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
Fran Rodgers - CEO
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!
Bronia Angove - Programmes Manager
Jessica Robinson - Projects Co-ordinator
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).
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 James Heselwood, Kate Barkley, Chemaine Cooke, Lorna Johnstone, Jess Smith 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: Linda Korenika, Tricia Arthur-Stubbs, Karolina Haluszczak and Grace Darbyshire. Our ‘Programme Supports’ Lynsey Beard, Sarah Taylor, Charles Eden and Brendan Larkin are the friendly faces welcoming people and making sure talents are nurtured and achievements noted.
Our Board of Trustees, made up of Dave Allan (Chair), Alison Van Der Wert and Carley Stubbs, 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.
Melanie Maddison - Programmes Assistant
Melanie works supporting Bronia in all things to do with Purple Patch Arts’ education programmes, helping to ensure that things run smoothly and that everybody is as happy as they can be. She may also be found travelling around to support and deliver at our programme sessions. Outside of work she enjoys an eclectic mix of punk gigs, Elizabeth Taylor, self-publishing, Eurovision, radical & political art, sloths, and World’s Strongest Man.
Maureen McGough - Finance Officer
Maureen deals with all things financial at Purple Patch. If you have a query over an invoice or an unpaid bill then she will be the person to contact. Maureen’s interests include nights out at the theatre and cinema, she loves to travel and enjoys gardening. Living in Beeston, she hopes to get so much fitter by walking to work every day – but needs to avoid the delicious cakes at the Hillside café!