Olivia Wyatt

Olivia Wyatt

Olivia has been working with Upstart Projects for three years following her undergraduate degree in Education Studies from Manchester Metropolitan University. She has always been very interested in how people learn not only in the classroom but also throughout life and is very passionate about helping organisations who want to ensure they are a safe and encouraging environment for young…

Sadhana Narayanan

Sadhana Narayanan

Sadhana has been writing on Voice for under 3 years, after joining through Voice Outreach Young reviewer program at her local theatre. Since then, she has been reviewing New Creatives work, writing opinions pieces and a regular media column. She is writer and theatre maker, interesting in creative change-making around feminism and climate change. Sadhana is now a co-trainer for…

Dayna Jeynes

Dayna Jeynes

Dayna joined the Upstart team in 2021. With her background being in performing arts and specifically, musical theatre, Dayna transferred her passion for the arts and events into arts and project management. Originally from Wales, Dayna moved to London and then the Midlands to pursue her career in the arts and went on to work with multiple Dance and Theatre…

Beth Troakes

Beth Troakes

Beth is a freelance curator and gallery director based in Brighton. She has curated exhibitions nationally and internationally and has worked with partners in Italy, South Korea and China. She has worked in development as both a freelancer and in arts organisations for many years and has also worked with many award-winning international theatre companies and performers as a producer and…

Tom Edwards

Tom Edwards

Tom is a filmmaker and photographer. He is currently working as a Digital Marketing and Campaigns Officer at North West Bridge organisation Curious Minds who help connect young people to arts and culture. He has a degree in Film Production and has completed his Digital Marketing apprenticeship. He is currently finishing up his Gold Arts Award and has been working as…

Nikeria Tannis

Nikeria Tannis

Nikeria is a second-year Law with Criminology student in Nottingham. On her days off, she participates in community project work, focusing on addressing homelessness and promoting inclusion. During weekends, she enjoys engaging in art and editing. Creativity brings her peace and nostalgia, and she finds joy in both participating in creative activities and witnessing others enjoy them. This evokes her…

Phoebe Hill

Phoebe Hill

Phoebe is another of our young trustees; having achieved both Bronze and Gold Arts Award, she first joined us in 2011 on our Arts Award Participation Team. Since graduating from Cambridge University in 2015, Phoebe has worked across the arts sector in London and is now the Operations and Events Manager at NW7Hub.

Holly Howe

Holly Howe

Holly is a freelance art journalist, writing for various publications including State/F22 magazine, The Art Newspaper, Highsnobiety, Complex, i-D, and Londnr. She leads guided art walks in London as well as giving talks and chairing panel discussions at places including Soho House, The Hospital Club, and the House of St Barnabas. She also works in corporate communications for an assortment of clients.

Sam Nead

Sam Nead

Sam is an aspiring author, theatre and dance lover, Liberal Arts student and total bookworm. When she doesn’t have her head buried in a book, you can usually find her cooking yummy vegan food, volunteering with various charities or planning her next trip! Sam is a prolific reviewer of arts on Voice Magazine, a leading voice reporter and a part…

Idriss Assoumanou

Idriss Assoumanou

Idriss joined Upstart as a Voice Contributor six years ago. He also joined our pool of young advocates for Arts Award and has been highly involved in many areas of our work over the years, including filming or starring in multiple films. He currently works on various commissions and as a co-trainer. He is a freelance film maker, editor and…