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’ projects. 

Executive Directors

Our Scene CIC is a new family-run business 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.

Whilst in charge of the day to day running of the social enterprise as (volunteer) Directors, Suze and Andy are also freelance contractors, delivering most of the projects. 

Along side Our Scene CIC they are also self-employed and run other businesses.

Belle & Gidget

The ‘life balance’ ones

Suze Carter
Chief Executive / Director

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

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!

Non-Executive Directors


Our Board of 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.


People who care about community, are kind and want to make a difference are our kinda people!


Valerie Smith
Non-Executive 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 (could she be the local mystery post box yarn bomber?), 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-Executive 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 !!

Tracey Thorne
Non-Executive Director

The ‘arty’ one

Tracey is based in Birmingham where she has lived for
over 30 years. She splits her time working in the UK and internationally, most
recently in Jamaica. She is a photographer and photo artist and her work
includes use of alternative photographic process making cyanotypes and street
art for outdoor installations. 


She also has a Masters in Public Health and extensive
experience of public sector working, including in neighbourhoods and
communities in North Birmingham.

Zed Bhatti
Non-Executive 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.

So far we have Directors who live in all the Brandwood neighbourhoods, but we are looking for more!

We are recruiting people to join the non-executive team who live in a Brandwood neighbourhood and can add more diversity to our team of local residents, especially people from different cultural and minority communities.

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

Get in touch!


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 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.