Staff – Curious Minds


Curious Minds Team. A large group of people from a range of ages and hairstyles - predominantly women and all smiling!

Derri Burdon


A qualified teacher, Derri previously worked for Bolton Council’s Educational Improvement Service where she was responsible for leading a number of high profile school improvement initiatives including: Find Your Talent, Inspiring Communities, Bolton UFA and Sunflower Clubs.

Derri is a ‘sandgrown-un’ Lancashire Lass with Irish roots. School wasn’t her favourite place as a child but despite this (or likely because of it) she is passionate about improving learning outcomes for all children, especially the most disadvantaged and vulnerable. In her current role, Derri is driven by the passionate belief that rather than attempting to ‘close the gap’, we should be filling it brim-full with enriching and inspirational cultural and collective experiences that the most fortunate families take for granted.


Caz Brader

Deputy CEO & Director Of Cultural Programmes

Caz sets the direction for, and leads the team to deliver, Curious Minds’ major programmes - most notably the Bridge programme.


Sue Langfeld

Director of Finance and Operations

Sue oversees the Curious Minds finance function (accounts, payroll and admin), Human Resources, Communication & Marketing and Digital Information.


Jude Bird

Director of Programmes

 Jude leads on key cultural education programmes for Curious Minds including SLICE with Teaching School Alliances, Academy Trusts and cultural organisations. She works across all phases of education from early years to higher education with a particular focus on research, evaluation and teacher development.


Kelly Allen

Director of Programmes

Kelly leads our programmes that focus on children and young people who are less likely to engage and makes sure that our work is inclusive. She also leads and initiates new pieces of work that take us off the beaten track.


Hannah Baldwin

Senior Manager For Partnership & Place

Hannah is working with partners across the North West to develop and promote exciting opportunities for children and young people to explore, connect and celebrate their artistic talent and achieve appropriate recognition and accreditation, especially in the form of Arts Award and also through the Creative Employment Programme.


Louise Hesketh

Partnership & Place Manager

Louise takes care of Local Cultural Education Partnerships across the region, connecting people and places. She will also be linking in with Music Education Hubs.


Sara Domville

Cultural Education Manager

Sara takes care of Local Cultural Education Partnerships across the region, connecting people and places.


Stephanie Hawke

Senior Manager: External Funding & Policy

Steph oversees the management of external funding bids on behalf of Curious Minds, and she also makes sure that the team stay up-to-date with the latest developments in policy.


Emma Bush

Senior Programmes Manager

Emma oversees a number of areas within the Bridge Programme, including Artsmark, Arts Award, Cultural Education Challenge and the Quality Principles.


Holly Ball

Careers and Employability Manager

Holly looks after our strands of work around employability and careers for young people. These programmes include Trailblaze, Young Associates and the Creative Employment Programme.


Teresa Baggaley

Arts Award Manager

Teresa works with partners across the North West to develop and promote Arts Award to ensure children and young people have access to the national qualification at all levels in our schools, youth groups and cultural organisations.


Sue Blackburn

Senior Finance and Operations Officer

Sue manages the daily financial operations. She also manages the organisation's IT requirements and provides HR support to the Director of Finance and Operations.


Dave Muir

Digital and Information Officer

Dave is responsible for the Culture Hubs website, the Curious Minds e-bulletin, and the creation of in-house design work. He's also responsible for the CRM system and in developing reporting systems to assist the team in programme planning.


Andrew Stewart

Senior Contracts & Reporting Officer

Andrew oversees the issuing of any new contracts or grants, including the monitoring of how they progress, and he also assists with reporting across the various programmes that Curious Minds are engaged in.


Shirley Bailey

Executive Assistant

Shirley’s the first point of contact for all-things Derri, our CEO. She supports Management Team, Exec Team and our board of Trustees.


Hanna Lambert

Programmes Coordinator

Hanna is responsible for providing all of the administrative support for Artsmark, Arts Award and the Director of Programmes. She also works closely with the Business Administration Trainee to coordinate Curious Minds' events.


Joe Umpleby

Business Administration Trainee 

Joe provides effective administrative support service to the organisation including dealing with invitations and response, booking venues and catering, particularly in relation to supporting events and training.


Sally Gorton

Senior Communications Manager

Sally oversees the planning and delivery of Curious Minds' marketing and communications activity. Her role covers a range of work linked to how we communicate with education providers, arts and cultural organisations, opinion formers and the wider public.


Siobhan Garrigan

Communications Manager

Working as part of the wider Communications Team, Siobhan manages  the delivery of Curious Minds’ Marketing Communications strategy. This includes planning, producing and publishing content across all Curious Minds’ channels, working to optimise distribution and ensure delivery is consistently on brand and in line with the organisation’s vision, mission and communications objectives.


Matthew Wilde

Blaze Project Manager

Matt oversees the Blaze project which works across Lancashire to develop the next generation of cultural producers and artists. Curious Minds is currently incubating Blaze to become an independent company at which point Matt will take on the official role as Director.


Saul Argent

Hope Streets Project Coordinator

Saul is responsible for overseeing Curious Minds' Hope Streets programme, a Heritage Lottery Funded project, which will see young people aged 11–25 revolutionise the way museums work with their peers


Briony Thompson

Schools Advisory Manager

Briony works with partners across the North West to create, promote and support the delivery of innovative developmental practice as part of the Cultural Education Challenge.


Muhammad Ibrahim

Digital Marketing and Campaigns Officer

Muhammad supports the Communications team with managing the Curious Minds website and SEO implementation. He also manages all our social media channels.


Tom Edwards

Digital Marketing and Campaigns Officer

Tom works as part of the Marketing & Communications team. He helps manage social media and supports Curious Minds with digital design and photography.