Our Staff & Tutors

Staff and Tutors at CoolTan Arts

CoolTan Arts has a committed team of experienced staff and qualified tutors. Find out more about who we are and what we do below!

CoolTan SpiralTom McCabe
CEO (Interim)

T: 020 7701 2696
E: tom@cooltanarts.org.uk
Experienced & versatile management professional with a background in International arts development, programming, production, and entertainment media. Tom brings past experience of working in factual documentary film making across a wide range of performing/visual arts, history, architecture/building, science and technology. A creative business development consultant working in various settings and locations around the world. Effectively delivering successful projects in highly demanding situations.

Alison Vine - Community Involvement & Advocacy OfficerAlison Vine
Community Involvement Advocate and Wellbeing Advisor
T: 020 7701 2696
E: alison@cooltanarts.org.uk
Hi, my name is Alison and I’m the Community Involvement Advocate and also the Wellbeing Advisor.  I am responsible for introducing new and prospective participants to CoolTan Arts, and dealing with referrals and registrations.  I also promote awareness and building relationships with other service providers and community mental health teams, updating them on what CoolTan Arts has to offer their clients.  I take part in Self Advocacy training and free workshops.  A large part of my role is overseeing the general wellbeing of participants.  My empathy and passion comes from my own personal experience of mental health issues and an appreciation that creativity can transform a person’s wellbeing.  CoolTan Arts is a truly unique service that helps everyone here to flourish!

Thomas AndrewsThomas Andrews
Self Advocacy Manager
T: 020 7701 2696
E: thomas@cooltanarts.org.uk
How did I get here? An Arts background, many incarnations in the world of Adult Social care combined with a passion for social justice and a desire to help others reach their potential….In a nutshell, my mission is to make this course serve its students supremely and help them towards self-directed goals. It’s a new era for Self Advocacy at CoolTan, and I am proud to be a part of a team that has so much to give.

Elizabeth Morrow
Communications and Volunteer Officer 

T: 020 7701 2696
E: elizabeth@cooltanarts.org.uk
Elizabeth joined CoolTan Arts in 2015 and works on the charity’s press and marketing. She studied History of Art at the Courtauld, then gained experience at a range of organisations such as the V&A and Ashmolean. She moved into communications, working at a visual arts communication agency for several years.

Charlie Fox
Walks Programme Manager

T: 020 7701 2696
E: charlie@cooltanarts.org.uk
Charlie is a London-based artist, writer and performer, producing interactive art projects that challenge existing models of artistic engagement. He is also founder of interdisciplinary art platform counter productions. As part of CoolTan he is working on an exciting new walks programme – Southwark Hidden History Tours and training a volunteer team to work on these tourist walks. If you want to learn new things, make friends, get fit and have fun or to find out more about the project, when the walks are taking place or to find about volunteering on the project please email me or visit the walk’s blog at http://coolwalksblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Rik Sanders, Admin & Reception - CoolTan Arts Staff Rik Sanders
Administration and Reception Assistant
T: 020 7701 2696
E: rik@cooltanarts.org.uk
After three years or so volunteering at CoolTan I was very happy to be offered a job on the staff team as the reception and administration assistant.
In my spare time (what’s that?) I like, in no particular order, bicycles, films, music, pub quizzes, making fairly bad music and growing tomatoes.
One of the many things I enjoy about being at CoolTan is the constant coming and going of people throughout the day, so being on reception means I get to speak to most everyone and If you visit or phone us there’s a good chance it will be me that you speak to first.
So come to CoolTan, say hello and get involved. I look forward to meeting you.

Roger Jackson
Cleaner

I’ve been coming to CoolTan since 2012. I originally started coming along because I wanted something to do. I got involved with various creative art workshops. The staff are brilliant, and have been very patient with me over the years. I used to go to the cookery class. I have now been a cleaner at CoolTan since September 2015. I like being here, and getting to meet and chat to the people that come and go here.

 

CoolTan Tutors

 Joe Sutton, Video Tutor: CoolTan Staff Joe Sutton

Head of Video Production

Joe has extensive experience of video production in the corporate and charitable sectors. Working with large international companies to small local theatre groups he came to CoolTan in 2012 to set up and run the Video Production Department staffed by volunteers. Their work has been shown at BFI and Imax amongst others, culminating in a GSK Impact Award in 2015.

“I love the energy of CoolTan and the longest day still leaves me ready for the next challenge. The role CT has in the community is immeasurable and to see people’s lives improving before your very eyes is an incentive to carry on the good work. To be a part of this is a great privilege and together we have grown the Video Production Department and trained some fantastic volunteers. As with everybody involved with CT it’s onwards and upwards.”

Emma Parker
Textiles Tutor 

I work as an occupational therapist and a practicing artist, and strongly believe that the arts hold an essential key to our wellbeing.

My work as an artist explores our internal experience, especially the awkward, the strange, the misfit and the uncanny. I work in various media but particularly enjoy working with textiles and especially discarded and worn fabrics.

I am interested in how fabric is a part of our everyday life that we often take for granted. I imagine all the memories an old piece of material may hold. I see the act of making with these materials as a metaphor for the process of self-transformation. The use of thread and stitch helps me make connections, repair, and piece back together, whilst the repetitive nature of hand sewing holds a rhythm that soothes.

 

 

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Jill Newman
Cooking Club Tutor
E: jillcooltanarts@gmail.com
My name is Jill Newman. I teach healthy eating and cooking at CoolTan Arts Cooking Club. I love to share my knowledge  of nutrition and thus enable people to be more pro-active in their well-being. What we eat has a massive effect on our health, both mentally and physically.  Eating and preparing food is a very emotional activity, too and I try to turn it into a positive experience for all in the group. I want the kitchen to have a relaxed, social atmosphere alongside the need for focus and I believe we have achieved this at Cooking Club.”


Volunteer Tutors at CoolTan

Anne Fenn Staff and Tutors at CoolTan ArtsAnne Fenn
Creative Writing Tutor
E: annfenncooltanarts@gmail.com
I’m Ann and I teach the Creative Writing workshop at CoolTan. I’ve also been involved in several other projects here as a volunteer, including the CoolFruit magazine group. I have a background in creative writing, education, art and theatre.

 

 

 

 

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