People

Clare Donegan

Founder and Artistic Director

Clare Donegan

Clare is a producer, educator, entrepreneur and lens based media artist. She was born in Dublin, Ireland and was part of several arts collectives before moving to the UK in 1997. Initially she came to the UK to study a degree in media and performance art at Salford University. This led to a facilitation role as a stills and video tutor with young offenders and young people from challenging circumstances.

This work drew Clare in further and she developed and facilitated projects with young people across Lancashire for the following six years. She qualified as a teacher in higher education in 2003, carrying out her teacher training at Todmorden High school. In 2006 she joined Burnley Council as a project manager and secured a Big Lottery fund for a three year youth arts engagement program for the township. This program engaged hundreds of young people deemed to be from challenging circumstances in the digital and performing arts. This project accumulated in a yearly festival and many of the participants gained Arts Awards at both Silver and Bronze levels.

Shortly after Clare founded Outta Place. After conducting several feasibility studies, it was flagged up the need for creative provision for young people in Calderdale. Calderdale has a significant number of young people who are not in employment, education or training.

Pam Warhurst

Non-executive Director

Pamela Warhurst CBE

Former Chair of the Board of Forestry Commissioners. Pam lives in Todmorden West Yorkshire, and has previously served on the Board of Natural England, where she was the lead board member working on the Countryside & Rights of Way Bill.

She is the Royal Society of Arts & Manufacturing regional chair and chairs Pennine Prospects, a regeneration company for the South Pennines, and Incredible Edible Todmorden, a local food partnership.

Pam Warhurst has also been Deputy Chair and Acting Chair of the Countryside Agency, leader of Calderdale Council, a board member of Yorkshire Forward, and chair of the National Countryside Access Forum and Calderdale NHS Trust.

Pam was awarded CBE in 2005 for services to the environment.

Geoff Woods

Non Executive Director

Geoff Woods

Geoff Wood is an artist and public art consultant based in West Yorkshire but working across the UK, creating and commissioning art projects for the public realm.

He advises local authorities, public bodies and the private sector on policy and strategy in relation to arts and public space.

Geoff chaired the Arts Council’s London 2012 ‘Artists Taking the Lead’ Panel for the North West and also advised on the elements of the Cultural Olympiad for Weymouth and Portland’s hosting of the sailing events. He is Vice Chair of the South Pennines Local Action Group and has provided pro bono support for a number of community based cultural initiatives.

Alex Bennett

Advisor

Alex Bennett

Alex Bennett is about to start a phd in English Literature at the University of Manchester and also works as a solicitor for a new start-up business. She is interested in literature, the arts and working with Clare on new ideas and projects for Outta.

Kane Rattray

Support

Kane Rattray

Kane Rattray worked at Outta Place for almost two years as a part- time projects assistant. He has since moved over to Square Chapel where he works as an outreach officer. Kane has a passion for music and the benefits it can bring to young people. He is also a dab hand with a camera and continues to contribute his spare time, helping out at Outta Place. We thank you Kane!

Kathryn Pogue

Volunteer

Kathryn Pogue

Kathryn is a volunteer photographer for Outta Place. She is a total creative whirlwind, easily spotted around the Calderdale are as she moves from project to project. Kathryn is a member of the Orange Box youth steering group and is currently studying for her first degree.

Rory Gordziejko

Music Facilitator and Marketing Officer

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Rory is a music facilitator at the weekly Outta Place writing and production workshops at The Orange Box in Halifax. With a degree in music, extensive performance experience and currently releasing electronic dance music, Rory brings various musical skills and a studio set-up to the sessions. He is also the marketing officer on an upcoming Outta Place international project.

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