People United was founded in 2006 by Tom Andrews with a belief that the arts and culture have a practical and imaginative role to play in how our society develops.
We are based in Canterbury Innovation Centre, on the campus of the University of Kent. People United is an independent organisation (not affiliated to any group or religion). We are a registered charity (no. 1126729) and a company limited by guarantee (no. 5905050).
We are proud that as a small team we have a national and international impact. We aim to be friendly, down to earth, generous, and open to new ideas. Please do get in touch if you’d like to find out more about our work or would like to work with us in some way.
Chief Executive Tina is the Chief Executive of People United. She joined People United as Co-Director in February 2014 with 20 years experience of working in the arts, learning and interpretation. Previously she was Deputy Head of Learning at the Museum of London, Head of Education at English Heritage and Head of Young People’s Programmes at Tate Britain.
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Head of Creative Programmes Sarah joined People United in July 2009. She has over 15 years of working in educational and community settings previously leading community arts at AmicusHorizon Housing Association, and as a drama lecturer at Canterbury College and University of Kent. More Info Frances Moran
Operations Manager Frances has a rich career background as a dancer, teacher and arts administrator. After training at the London College of Dance and Drama she went on to teach drama and dance in different adult education settings and lecture in the Performing Arts at several colleges. More Info Becky Vincer
Project and Admin Assistant Becky has worked in a range of roles supporting project administration, event organisation and volunteer co-ordination. She joined People United in the summer of 2015 and helps to look after the Artist Commissions and Neighbourhood projects. More Info Tom Andrews
Founder / Associate Tom Andrews founded People United in 2006, and is now a freelance Associate for People United delivering our Mentoring Programme, Away Days and bespoke consultancy. Tom has worked for over 20 years in the arts, education and community sectors, and alongside his consultancy work, is currently training to become a Counsellor. Central to his working life has been using creativity to nurture understanding and to bring people together. More Info Shazza Ali
PHD STUDENT Shazza is a PhD student in social psychology at the University of Kent. She obtained an Economic and Social Research Council funded CASE studentship in partnership with People United to carry out her PhD research. More Info Jo Broadwood
Research Associate Jo has extensive experience of working in the arts and with communities. She was previously People United’s Head of Research and Innovation and is primary author of our Arts and Kindness paper. Jo now helps to inform our work around research and its application within neighbourhood settings.
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LEARNING ASSOCIATE Michele is a Visual Arts Educator who believes that Art can transform outcomes for young people. She divides her time between working for Royal Opera House Bridge and her independent Arts Education Consultancy. More Info Bob Karper
ARTIST ASSOCIATE Bob is a performance artist whose solo work features true stories mixed with original film, song, projected images and a variety of instruments. He works with People United in schools as Steampunk Bob, artist-engineer-in-residence, creating bespoke kindness engagements between pupils, staff and the world at large. More Info SUE MAYO
ARTIST / RESEARCH ASSOCIATE Sue Mayo is a researcher and a theatre maker. In addition to teaching Applied Theatre at Goldsmith’s, she specialises in devising theatre with community groups. She is currently working on three cross-art form projects loosely clustered around the theme of gratitude, and leading Magic Me’s intergenerational women’s project, Decorum. More Info Lauren Spinner
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE Lauren is an associate lecturer at the University of Kent in the School of Psychology. She has recently submitted her PhD and specialises in the social aspect of children’s development, particularly how children come to understand gender roles and stereotypes. Lauren supports People United’s collection of data, quantitative analysis and report writing. More Info LUCY STEGGALS
ARTIST ASSOCIATE Lucy is a visual artist who works collaboratively with people. Her projects are always a triangular combination of lived experience (dinners, walks, talks, exhibitions, environments, postal projects), digital dialogue (blogs, QR codes, Instagram, hashtags) and physical output (film, photography, print, collage, installation). More Info Julie Van de Vyver
Research Associate Julie is a social psychologist at the University of Lincoln. She has collaborated with People United on a range of research projects since 2011. Most of these research projects involve large-scale quantitative research to examine whether and how the arts may foster kindness. More Info Steve Moffitt
Chair Steve is Chief Executive of A New Direction, a charity that works to ensure that children and young people get the most out of London’s extraordinary creative and cultural offer. More Info Maria Amidu
Trustee Maria Amidu is a visual artist and producer of social projects. Her artistic work is focused on substantiating what is hidden, obscured and less obvious in varying historical and contemporaneous collective situations. More Info Moya Maxwell
Trustee Moya is Head of Venues at Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), leading and developing the venue and events teams. Previously, Moya was Head of Commercial Programming at the Royal Opera House, and brings 20 years’ experience of working in the events industry. More Info Matt Peacock MBE
Trustee Matt Peacock founded Streetwise Opera in 2002, a charity that uses music and opera to help homeless people move forward in their lives.
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Trustee / Treasurer Simona is currently Finance Manager at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent, and brings 25 years’ experience of working in administration and finance in the private, third and public sector. She joined People United in 2012 working first as a volunteer and then as a consultant, advising on financial profitability, sustainability and planning.
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Trustee Emma Wilcox is a producer and arts consultant with over twenty years’ experience in the cultural and creative industries. She works in arts management, strategy and policy development and as successful fundraiser and trainer. More Info