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 and has worked in educational and community settings for 14 years. Previously she led community arts at AmicusHorizon Housing Association, and was a drama lecturer and co-ordinator at Canterbury College. 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.
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Research Associate Julie was 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.
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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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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 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 Moya is Head of Commercial Programming at the Royal Opera House. Her role involves developing commercial opportunities for the Royal Opera House. 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