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Gilly oversees the growth and development of the company along with all the finance and policy stuff. Before Purple Patch she undertook a prestigious Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship at The University of Manchester to evaluate the impact of community arts practice for people with learning disabilities.  She is a qualified coach and alongside her role at Purple Patch she holds board positions at 2 other organisations with a focus on education and learning. Gilly’s favourite things to do (apart from eating cheese) are dancing, reading and walking her dog in the sunshine.



Gilly Bryerley – CEO



Vicky Ackroyd – Director

Vicky oversees the development and quality of our education and learning provision and trains other organisation in best practice. She is one of the founders of Purple Patch, is a qualified teacher and holds the ‘Trainer of the Year’ award for 2016/17 from the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards. Outside work Vicky is an audio describer at multiple Yorkshire Theatres and writes plays for stage and radio. Her career before Purple Patch included stage management in theatre, presenting for BBC radio and teaching in Further Education settings. Vicky has dubious musical taste, is allergic to most skin products and has yet to meet a crisp she doesn’t like!        



Georgie McCredie – Schools Co-ordinator

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"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






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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!




Fran Rodgers – Head of Development


Fran oversees the development of our partnerships and new work. This includes managing and delivering projects, finding new partners, exploring funding possibilities, presenting at conferences and a fair few spreadsheets! She is a very talented musician who loves cooking, eating and watching programmes about food!



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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 is also doing 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!).






Georgie first discovered Purple Patch Arts on her University placement when training to be a Movement Therapist in 2012, and has stayed with us ever since! Georgie oversees the work we do in SEND schools

– talking to teachers to tell them all about it and delivering sessions using the fabulous 'Purple Pod'.

In her spare time, Georgie loves adventuring with her daughter, going to festivals and wearing glitter!





Becky Ward – Programmes Assistant

Becky is our ‘Programmes Assistant’ supporting Bronia to make sure everything runs smoothly in the office. She’s a trained dancer, (which we think will go down well at the Beamsley disco!), and joins us after an internship at Yorkshire Dance in Leeds.





Programmes Team

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 learners progression. This bunch of super-organised, inspiring individuals are Lauren Pickering, James Heselwood, Natalie Kyrkos, Chemaine Cooke and Linda Horsburgh. Our ‘Programme Artists’ deliver fabulous creative sessions as part of the programme day and the team is made up of these talented folk: Rachel Ashwanden, Kate Barkley, Van Nong, Erwan Durand, Jo Pitman  & Caz Stiff. Our ‘Programme Supports’ Lynsey Bareham, Eyad Locke, Georgina Buchanan & Beth Robertson are the friendly faces welcoming people and making sure talents are nurtured and achievements noted.