Creative Playground is driven by lots of different people. There are Playmakers (the volunteers who help decide what the programme is), the Core Consortium who are volunteers and form a governing body for the project, the Creative Playground staff team including freelance specialists and Community Connectors who are all employed by Creative Crawley (who manage the project). And then of course there’s you. The people who are interested in what we are up to but not yet involved.
Meet the team
Hello, I'm Sophie my favourite things to do are singing in a choir and walking my black and white dog Mossy. I grew up near Crawley and was a regular visitor to Tilgate Park and The Hawth. I now live in Croydon with my family including two lovely teenage daughters. My work background is in theatre and mainly focused on London so it is inspiring to be in Crawley planning and making excellent creative opportunities happen all over the town. I love meeting people and hearing about what they like to do. We are hoping this project will make Crawley an even better place to live and work so come and talk to us!
Sophie Eustace Project Co-Director
Hi, I’m Becky. I love swimming in the sea, mostly in Cornwall and Brighton, watching experimental performance stuff in unusual spaces, baking anything sweet - I even made a wedding cake last year!
I have a few friends that live in Crawley and my partner’s dad was a Builder and worked on building Crawley Town. I’m so excited to be working with Creative Playground as there’s such a buzz of possibility. Also, I thrive when making stuff happen with brilliant people and this is the best place to do just that!
Becky Jones Community Producer
Hello, I'm Louise and I love swimming in the sea, going to live performances and hanging out with my family and friends.
I was born and grew up in Crawley. I went to Ifield Community College and lots of my family still live in Ifield and Broadfield too.
I feel honoured to be able to focus my work on Crawley having been away producing contemporary artworks all around the UK and the world for a long time. It's a privilege to work with the people of Crawley and the Creative Playground team to bring some creative, joyful togetherness to the town.
Louise Blackwell Project Co-Director
I am Sam. I have been working in Crawley on a casual basis for two years so I am really excited to be working on this project for the town. Before working here, I have worked in venues in London and toured the UK, Europe and the world as a Production Manager on dance and theatre shows. I am really excited to share my passion for creating work with as many people as possible and welcoming new people to the creative industries. Outside of work, I really enjoy going to live sporting and musical events and spending a lot of time outdoors in parks, in the countryside or in my garden.
Head of Learning & Development
Hi, I’m Erin. You'll often find me in a pair of dungarees. On days off am happiest hunting out food markets and great places to eat, or seeking out an adventure, hiking up hills, exploring cities and coastlines. I grew up in the South East and love all the unique identities of the towns that make it up. I’m excited to be with the Creative Playground as I love working in hyper-local neighbourhood spaces and talking to new people. I look forward to working with you, and as many people in Crawley as possible, to create more spaces where people can play, exchange, be curious and inventive.
Erin Beesley Community Engagement Manager
Hi, I'm Pav and I enjoy connecting with nature, my happy place is spending time in my garden and going for walks with my family and friends. I'm a huge foodie and love trying out different things when travelling to new places. Having lived and worked in Crawley for over 20 years, I've had the pleasure of supporting the diverse mix of communities across the town. I'm super excited to be a part of the Creative Playground Team, so that we can help bring more creativity into people's everyday lives.
Pav Randhawa Evaluation & Admin Assistant
Hello, I’m Harriet. I love performing in my own time and taking part in local societies musical shows. I have two beautiful boys and we enjoy going for walks at different National Trusts, whatever the weather. I’m a Crawley girl, born and bred and have always been fascinated with theatre and the arts, so to bring more of this into my home town is something I am really passionate about! I’m excited to be a part of this wonderful programme and spreading the word about these amazing opportunities in Crawley with a mix of cool, fun and heartwarming projects.
Harriet McDermott Communications & Admin Assistant
Hi I’m Lana and I love spending time with family and friends, trying new experiences, cooking and gardening. My background is in creative placemaking, animating public spaces via arts and cultural activities working with communities nationwide. I’m very excited to work with the Creative Playground on the murals project, celebrating local Crawley residents and the diverse communities of the town.
Lana Needham Murals Producer
The Core Consortium are the governing body for the Creative Playground project. They are like a board. They give strategic direction and and financial oversight. They are representatives from a range of local organisations. They give their time for free. Manor Royal Business District is the lead organisation and accountable body for the project. Dave Watmore is the Independent Chair and Steve Sawyer, Executive Director, Manor Royal Business District, Vincent Wooton, Crawley LGBTQU+, Darren Ford, Director, Crawley Town Community Foundation and Graeme Russell, General Manager, The Hawth Theatre form the consortium.
We work in partnership with local, regional and national organisations to achieve our aims.