Meet The Team
Introducing the Wolverhampton For Everyone lab team.
Saffi is Deputy Chief Executive of Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council and for the 18 months she has been seconded to coordinate Wolverhampton for Everyone part-time. Her past studies have been in Human Geography, Education Studies and Social Policy. Saffi is Institute of Leadership and Management qualified and has managed teams in the private and voluntary sector, she is particularly interested in community leadership and equalising power so people can have agency over their own lives. Her heart lies in working with people, communities, social justice and the environment and has worked in this area for the past 20 years. Since moving to Wolverhampton, she has been involved in social activism, both initiating activities in her community /
neighbourhood and supporting others to participate and take a lead.
Sam has been working in the field of community and youth work for over 30 years. She has a particular interest in community development and participation. Throughout her career she supported the development of innovative youth forums such as Dayspace in Plymouth and the Youth Council in Wolverhampton. She has led on the citywide Local Area Forums, The Citywide Involvement Network and the Community Covenant (which she steered to a coveted Gold Employer Recognition Award in 2019). Sam is fascinated by asset based community development and the possibilities it gives for communities to transform their experience. She also loves learning new things, supporting people to grow and develop and, when she’s not working, enjoying outdoor life.
Design & Brand Strategy
Lindsay is a graphic designer specialising in brand identity, marketing strategy, print and digital design. Lindsay has a varied portfolio of public and private sector clients, offering a diverse skill-set developed over 7 years working in marketing and communications roles within the arts and cultural sector and 9 years heading up design studios at agencies in Birmingham, before setting up her own design studio in Wolverhampton in 2017. Lindsay brings a holistic design perspective to Wolverhampton for Everyone, helping to establish a meaningful brand identity for the group and develop a range of print and digital materials to help WE engage audiences.
Digital & Communications
James is a self-styled digital doer and community activist. Having worked in online communications for almost as long as the internet has existed, he is a firm believer in tech for good. He has worked with clients ranging from Grammy award winning musicians, to Equine Clinics and everyone in between. Since co-founding Wolverhampton’s first hyperlocal website in 2009, James has been heavily involved in his local community. Volunteering at The Hub at Ashmore Park (where he & the team were presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service) he has become experienced in community development. Working as Communications Officer at Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council led to him joining the WE team, where he looks after the website, assists with social media and supports on anything digital or tech related.
Storytelling, Research & Evaluation
Holly joined Wolverhampton for Everyone to research and facilitate the co-design of our developmental and principles focused evaluation process. Holly is an architect and associate director at APEC Architects, with 12 years experience in community and heritage architecture, and 5 years teaching at Birmingham School of Architecture and Design. She became an RIBA Validation Panel Member in 2017, for which she evaluates and validates architecture courses across the UK. Holly’s research focuses on community participation, with previous research in multidisciplinary entrepreneurialism, learning, and creative studio cultures. She’s a proud Black Country resident, and is an associate with CoLab Dudley.
Social Entrepreneurship Lead
Pete joined Wolverhampton for everyone in 2018 and has a background in youth work, community work, adult education, training and development and supporting the development of social enterprise. He has worked in the statutory and voluntary sectors and in higher education. He recently left his full-time role as a senior lecturer at Staffordshire University where he was a member of the Creative Communities Unit with particular responsibility for managing partnerships and supporting the development of a peer support network for social entrepreneurs. He also led the strategic group that was successful in getting Staffordshire recognised as a place of social enterprise as part of the Social Enterprise UK’s ‘Place’
programme. Pete is passionate about supporting people to develop and in particular in helping them turn their passions and interests into sustainable projects or businesses that respond to particular needs or problems in society. His particular role in WFE is to lead on the Empowering Social Entrepreneurs programme.
Maria has been involved with Wolverhampton For Everyone from the start and as the lead Director at Gatis Community Space she offers the team both the space to experiment and play and her passion for weaving communities together for the greater good. She has a history of community work stretching back over 20 years in Wolverhampton working for WCR community radio, looking after funding and finances as well as community liaison and training and mentoring of volunteers. She is qualified in volunteer management and is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. She is also a keen volunteer and has volunteered in many roles locally over the years as well as being a herbalist with a life mission to help people connect to nature and be the best version of themselves they can be.
Artists Lead & Oral Storyteller
Tonia is a proud Wolverhampton actress, writer/director and producer. As a mother of 4, and foster carer, she’s not shy of hard work. Tonia is committed to supporting hidden talent and has cast many short films, theatre projects and the TV Pilot Lucid The Dreamwalker. Tonia’s directing has been seen at the National Theatre London. She wrote and directed “Dr King The Aftermath”, which was featured on BBC news. She is a published author of “39 steps to 40”, and her writing also features in self help book, Confidence Confidential. Tonia has won 2 writing awards and is currently developing a TV drama. Recently Tonia wrote, directed and starred in her short film “Not My Son” which was her direct response to #blacklivesmatter. She works with Gazebo Theatre and is part of their national play ‘Wanted’. Tonia is a director of TV, Film and Theatre production company Themis Creative Limited. She is well known for her infectious laugh and crazy dancing. Tonia has worked with Wolverhampton for Everyone over the past two years as the host of TEDx Wolverhampton. She is over the moon to be involved with Wolverhampton For Everyone, since a child she has been putting Wolverhampton firmly on the map.