Our Scene Team

Meet the team behind Our Scene CIC

Our social mission is to provide a  ‘change of scenery’ for those who need one in our Brandwood neighbourhoods by providing activities which help connect people to people with shared interests and through fun and collaborative community ‘build’ and environmental improvement projects. 

Board of Directors

Our Scene CIC is led by wife and husband team Suze and Andy who have lived in the Brandwood area of Birmingham for almost 13 years with their two sons and dogs.

Our Board of Non-executive Directors are volunteers and there to steer us in the right direction and support our social enterprise and its social mission with their perspectives, advice, skills and experiences. They are also contracted to deliver projects.

Suze Carter
Chief Executive

The ‘ideas’ one

Suze is a community connector with  almost 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering heritage projects and running community events and activities.  She’ll always have a big smile on her face and a warm welcome.  Her favourite words are ‘community’ and ‘collaboration’ and loves nothing more than running projects where hundreds of people are all contributing small pieces to make large community artworks.  In 2019 her passion for bringing communities together led to her setting up arts organisation Woolly Mammoth Stitch Works CIC with her colleague Tina. Best decision ever! She’s a busy lady who finds it hard to do ‘nothing’, so she is going to be doing ‘plenty’!

Andy Phelps
Executive Director

The ‘practical’ one

Andy brings his  practical skills and over 35 years in the building trade (specifically, felt roofing) to Our Scene CIC. He’s a good ‘un. Honest, friendly, makes a mean cuppa and will always find time to chat. 

Give him a community ‘build’ challenge and he’s on it! 

The epic four years of Fun Palaces events at Stirchley Baths could not have happened without Andy’s DIY, woodworking and creative skills, vision and willingness to volunteer his time. He’d say he was ‘roped in’, but we all know how much he enjoys it!

Valerie Smith
Non-Exec Director

The ‘crafty’ one

Valerie lives in the Brandwood End neighbourhood and is looking forward to meeting more fellow residents. A retired teacher, family history enthusiast and a very talented knitter (yes, she is one of the local mystery post box yarn bombers), she is keen to get together with others to share her knitting and crocheting skills and working together with others to invest time in the community and to help brighten up the area.

Valerie is equally looking forward to enjoying a cup of tea and a natter and hopefully a piece of cake!

 

Lucy Hilliage
Non-Exec Director

The ‘go getter’ one

Lucy lives in the Kings Heath Brandwood neighbourhood and has done so for over 25 years. She brings to the team her professional experience in counselling and mentoring and years of volunteering her craft skills with local school children and youth clubs. As an active citizen Lucy is feisty and will her stand her ground for causes she is passionate about! She led the successful campaign to improve road traffic along Vicarage Road in 2015 which included the installation of the speed monitors, islands and halo lights on the crossings. Lucy is also very crafty, but the ‘crafty one’ title had already been taken !!

Zed Bhatti
Non-Exec Director

The ’empowering’ one

Zed lives in the Kings Heath neighbourhood and brings her extensive background in education and community work combined with her mentoring and coaching skills to the team. Zed has had a successful career in the education sector, developing and empowering individuals.  She is passionate about creating environments that allow individuals to flourish. Over the years she has created numerous programmes of learning, many focussing on personal and social development, IT Skills, Basic Skills and Employability Coaching. More recently, Zed worked as a Local Community Active Networker in South Birmingham, in which she aimed to transform communities by helping them explore and overcome barriers to physical activity and social wellbeing.

Belle & Gidget
Dog Directors

The ‘life balance’ ones

Great for exploring the neighbourhood, local green spaces and meeting and chatting to local residents!

More part of the Our Scene team than they will ever know!

Interested in joining the team?

Which ‘one’ are you?

Do you live in a Brandwood neighbourhood and interested in finding out how you can join the team? 

We are especially interested in adding more diversity to our team of local residents, especially people from different cultural and minority communities, Disabled people and young people.

Are you passionate about making a positive impact in the area and interested in getting behind our social mission?

Get in touch!

email: team@ourscene.org

We have a dream...

What does the future hold? Read on for an idea of what we would like to happen!

At Our Scene CIC we would like to transform one of the empty shop units in the area into a workshop/venue/meeting place where local people come together to design, build and decorate themed ‘scenes’ inside the space. This changeable scenery will then become the backdrop for private parties as well as community events. Imagine an enchanted forest for little ones, a gaming café for teenagers or a 1970s-themed sitting room or alpine ski lodge for the grown ups! What would be ‘your scene’?

Our aim is to create a space where we can run regular creative and woodworking activity sessions, for people of all ages and run a basic chatty ‘café’ at other times. We will also hire out the space so people can run other types of activities.

Yes, there will be huge amounts of tea drinking and cake eating, but most importantly we will be able to provide regular opportunities for people to connect with new people and offer a ‘change of scenery’ for those who need one, reducing social isolation in the area.

Head over to our Support page where you’ll find a link to our JustGiving Crowdfunding page where you can help turn this dream into a reality.

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