Get to know our team.
Diana Walton, Director has spent thirty years working in arts education, including community arts, Theatre in Education and youth arts. She took her experience of running Shropshire Youth Arts Network to Arts Council England, where she developed the Arts Award, a UK-wide programme which supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. Diana’s skills are in strategic planning, communications and negotiation and she brings wide-ranging experience of developing arts opportunities for young people.
Emrys Green, Business & Projects Manager has been involved with youth participation projects since he was 14. He has founded two commercial arts and media organisations and a local social enterprise during the last seven years. Emrys has led the development of the Arts Award Youth Network and Arts Award Voice website since 2011. He holds a degree and licentiateship in Management with skills in project planning, financial management and people development. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and currently studying an Executive MBA.
Tom Inniss, Voice Editor is a founder member of the Arts Award Youth Network and Voice magazine, having worked with both projects since he was 17. He achieved First Class Honours in Politics at Brunel Uni and a Masters in Journalism. His hobbies include podcasting and music and he leads Voice’s very successful Edfringe Young Reviewers project.
Sienna James, Assistant Editor has been working with Upstart for over three years in a plethora of capacities including on our young advocacy team for Arts Award. She is the author of the recent Heritage and Creative Education series on Voice and is enthusiastic about all things museum and art-education. Shortly heading to University, Sienna can often be found drinking iced coffee and studying in Cambridge cafes.
Nici West, Arts Editor looks after our Arts Award and Trinity College London projects on Voice alongside a wide variety of arts content and strategy for the site. Supporting our commissioned delivery too, Nici also loves to write about all things books, theatre, music & art. Nici writes and edits for a range of websites and publishes her own work too.
Bhavesh Javda, Voice Associate has a degree in Film and Television Production…so it’s probably quite clear he loves films and TV. His writing on Voice is generally geared towards film and TV but you’ll also read reviews and blogs from him about all sorts. Other than film and TV he reckons he ‘can’ enjoy most art, but he does love a bit of comedy in particular! Bhav recently completed an MA in Social Anthropology alongside his Voice role.
Alice Wyatt, Associate & Project Leader joined the Arts Award Youth Network in 2012. She has degrees in Dance and worked for Artswork, the national youth arts development agency and SE Bridge organisation. She delivered training and several projects for Upstart and runs our engagement work in the South East. She is an Arts Award adviser trained to Silver level, a dancer, knitter and thinker!
Other associates currently or recently working with us on active projects:
Simon Pickering, Jack Solloway, Judy McFall and Vikki Jones.