Team

This page lists our staff and their roles.

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Katie Whitehead BA Hons. PGCE in Post-Compulsory ED
Divine Days Founder, Managing Director and Creative Arts Practitioner

Katie is the founder and managing director of Divine Days Community Arts; her company was established in 2013.
Katie’s experience in training and management spans a decade. She has a BA Hons. in Arts Therapies (majoring in Drama). Katie is a lecturer in Performing Arts and she delivers lectures in Community Dance at Edge Hill University in West Lancashire, where she holds a place on the Board of Ethics.
Community Arts is Katie’s personal specialism. She has devised and choreographed for many community projects at prestigious events across the North West in theatre performances, working with people of all ages and abilities in schools, community venues and dance festivals.
Katie’s passion for her work inspires others to recognise their own personal gifts and skills whilst celebrating diversity.

The Directors

Linda Aspinall – Midwife, NHS Nursing Sister (Retired)
Linda manages Firm Roots Cancer Support Group in West Lancashire. She offers support in a number of important community development roles locally. Linda coordinates family support for families affected by cancer diagnoses and treatment including the coordination of transport and meals.

Geoffery Birchmore
Geoff’s background is in finance. Alongside his work with Divine Days, he is the administrator for the Parish churches in Parbold and Appley Bridge in West Lancashire. Geoff brings 50 years of finance and administration experience to support his role.

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Sarah Schofield BA Hons. PGCE
Sarah is a published author and lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. She is resident artist at Chapel Galleries in Ormskirk, West Lancashire. Sarah runs workshops for Arts on Prescription which promotes health and well-being through involvement in creative writing. Sarah’s prizes include the Writers Inc Short Story Competition and the Calderdale Short Story Competition. She was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2010 and was runner up in The Guardian Travel Writing Competition. She brings much experience and passion to her supportive role with Divine Days.

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Suzanne Blundell – Health and Well-being Coordinator

The Practitioners

Tobias Archer-Music Practitioner
Toby is a freelance practitioner specialising in drum workshops working with young people, children, and adults with additional needs. His workshops are dynamic, enabling participants to experience the power of music-making through inclusive and exciting sessions.

Vicki Downey-Music Practitioner
Vicki is a DDCA freelance music practitioner who specialises in delivering inclusive music and story-telling workshops. Vicki is a piano teacher and a Keystage 2 music teacher. She is also a chartered physiotherapist and a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapies. Vicki is qualified in aromatherapy and body massage, and she is the founder of Listening Hands Therapy.

Gillian Hibbert BA PGCL-Dance/Music Practitioner
Gillian specialises in delivering inclusive dance and music workshops. She is a primary school teacher, and Dance & Music teacher. Gillian offers participants a range of physical and activity driven sessions which are both stimulating and engaging.

 

 

 

 

 

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