Meet the Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Scott O’Hara

Director

Scott joined Seed as our inaugural Director in January 2020. He is responsible for the project as a whole, reporting to the Consortium. Hailing from Sydney, Scott originally trained as an archaeologist, prior to embarking on a 25 year career in arts management in Sydney. He relocated to South West England in 2018. His previous roles have encompassed a wide range of different artforms, with a strong focus on community arts, placemaking, public events and cultural development. Scott’s passion for the arts is best illustrated by his having stood for a seat in the Australian Senate as a candidate for the Arts Party in 2016.

Scott has a lifelong passion for music, having played guitar since the age of 10. He has played in numerous bands, orchestras and as a solo artist, with an early highlight being jamming with blues legends Son Terry and Brownie McGee at the age of 15. More recently, Scott was a founding member of Bath’s newest community orchestra, Bathtub Orchestra, shortly after his arrival in the UK. He is currently working on recording Clutter, a solo album of original songs he has lying around, some stretching back three decades.

Laura Hylton 

Producer and Community Engagement Manager

Laura is responsible for Seed’s community engagement and project management including producing projects for Seed across Sedgemoor. Before joining the Seed team in July 2020, Laura worked as a strategic director and freelance producer for creative projects and education including RIO, Bristol Old Vic, BBC New Creatives, InspirED & Arts award. 

Laura has 15 years’ experience working in socially engaged arts practice which was ignited through a passion for Drama, musical theatre and photography from a young age. Laura focuses on working with people and the communities they live in, supporting them, businesses, artist and stakeholder to transform ideas into creative projects and develop themselves to learn and grow. Laura loves to take photographs, tell stories and makes creative cakes in her spare time.

Kirsten Mulcahy

Communications and Projects Coordinator

Kirsten is primarily responsible for Seed Social Media and Marketing and provides assistance with project management. Before joining the Seed team in August 2020, Kirsten worked within creative learning, running educational courses and events at a music venue.

Kirsten has been involved in the arts her whole life, dancing and singing in her home county of Cornwall from a young age. Kirsten completed a Music degree at Bath Spa University where she discovered a love of project work, running an education operatic outreach project in her final year. Kirsten can be found performing regularly throughout Wiltshire, Somerset and Cornwall as a soloist or with a few different choirs.

Phil Shepherd

Community Engagement Ambassador

Phil helped put the bid together for the Seed project and is now our Community Engagement Ambassador.  Phil was a student at Dartington Hall in 66, worked in rep theatre and as stage manager at the Drury Lane Arts Lab, co-founded Bath Arts Workshop in 69, going on to Tower Hamlets Arts in 75, continuing as a production manager/event organiser in London, New York and Bristol.  In  87 he studied documentary production at Bournemouth Film School, worked as assistant producer at BBC Children’s TV then independent producing and directing. On moving to Somerset, he returned to his first love of community-based work, co-establishing the Somerset Film enterprise and working as its Facilitator from 1995 till 2020. He chaired the UK Community Media Association from 2005-2012.

Phil was weaned by be-bop jazz and the beat poets through the 60s, embraced counter cultural arts and film with a passion and has pursued his creative dreams for fifty plus years, hitch hiking through Latin and North America along the way. He graduated this year from the OU with a BA Hons Humanities in History and Creative Writing and is studying for a Masters in Global Development. He became a dad to Annie in 85 and a grandad to Rowan in 2016. He loves books, films, music and cycling and walking with his partner Eve and friends.  

Kim Wide

Critical Friend

Kim Wide is the Founder and CEO of Take A Part CIO, and its award winning co-commissioning model – the Arts Action Group. Kim built Take A Part from a pilot project initiated in 2006 to become an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation in 2018. She has established Take A Part Carlow (ROI) & We Create (Cheltenham) and the newly founded Call + Response. She has also initiated the South West branch of the Social Art Network and is the founder of Social Making – the UK’s only biennial symposium on socially engaged practice. She was awarded an MBE in the 2020 Queens New Years Honours List for ‘Services to Social Engagement in the Arts’, the first time ever this honour has been bestowed.

Kim hails from Canada (Hamilton, Ontario to be exact).  Kim is a keen(ish) runner, walker and cook (but NOT a baker).  She runs a book club but rarely reads the books, is a lover of spicy foods and an avid taker of baths.  She has never had a cavity, is afraid of heights and her fun fact is that she is the second cousin of Tom Jones once removed.  She lives in Bristol with her husband and 4 teen boys so is rather outnumbered!

Consortium members

Seed is a consortium of local organisations. Meet our consortium members here:

Homes in Sedgemoor

Homes in Sedgemoor have managed Sedgemoor District councils 4000 homes since 2007 and is the largest single social housing provider in Sedgemoor. We came on board with the wider consortium when putting the initial bid together and are really excited about being part of the first Creative People and Places project in the southwest, as the lead organisation.  

Much of our work is the practicalities of supporting people to live comfortably in their homes as part of a community, however  our involvement in Seed is about getting more people living in the community engaged and participating in art and cultural activity, whatever that may be .  

To find out more, visit www.homesinsedgemoor.org

Or by contacting our Community Enabler team at community.engagement@homesinsedgemoor.org

 

Community Council for Somerset

CCS (Community Council for Somerset) is a leading local charity that works in the heart of Somerset’s communities to inspire and enable positive change.

Through our wide network of passionate local experts and our diverse projects, consultancy and funding, we bring the right people and services together to improve the lives of individuals, building community capacity and support amongst emerging and existing enterprises right across the county – helping Somerset to thrive.

CCS Village and Community Agents provide confidential, practical community-based solutions for people, wherever they are in Somerset, often when others don’t, won’t or can’t.

To find out more, visit www.ccslovesomerset.org 

 

Bridgwater Senior Citizens’ Forum

Bridgwater Senior Citizens’ Forum was formed in 2005,  to represent the interests of older people in the Bridgwater area. In particular, we aim to oppose the stereotyping of older people as passive and apolitical.

We also support campaigns and attend demonstrations  in support of the NHS, free TV licences for the over-75s and many other issues – not just relating to older people.

To find out more, visit www.bridgwaterscf.wordpress.com

 

Young Somerset

Young Somerset is the largest youth work charity in Somerset and our mission is to put young people first.

Our aim is to work with young people, encouraging them to take responsibility for themselves and become actively involved in shaping the communities in which they live.  Young Somerset works to achieve social and economic outcomes with young people, through the delivery of measurable outputs and outcomes.

Young Somerset seeks to develop a youth work relationship that is open, honest, respectful, trusting and led by the young person. Our vision is a Somerset where young people feel a sense of belonging, a desire to contribute to their communities and have a future that is not limited by poor access to opportunities and services. Our vision is delivered through three strands of work: Youth Work; Alternative Learning Provision and Enterprise; Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Support, as well as the arts and music running as common theme throughout. 

Find out more about what we do by visiting https://www.youngsomerset.org.uk/

 

Somerset Film

Somerset Film is dedicated to empowering individuals and communities through film and digital technology.

Incorporated in 1997, we have established a reputation for inclusion, partnership working and creative innovation.  Able to respond quickly and flexibly to new opportunities, we make work that has won awards nationally and internationally.

In 2003 Somerset Film opened The Engine Room an accessible community media centre located in Bridgwater’s High Street. The centre co-ordinates all our activity as well as providing a Cafe and facilities including licensed cinema, studios and edit suites.

To find out more, visit www.somersetfilm.com

 

Bridgwater Town Council

We are the first tier of local government and are funded by a precept, which is paid by the residents of Bridgwater via council tax to Sedgemoor District Council and passed to the Town Council to commission and provides certain local services. This means that decisions which affect you are being made at a very local level and can be shaped and delivered in response to local needs.

The Town Mayor and the Deputy Town Mayor are elected each year at the Annual Town Council Meeting, held in May. Their duty is to act as the public-facing image of the Town Council and their role includes meeting the local community, networking and supporting local events within Bridgwater. The day to day running of the Town Council is managed by Town Clerk.

There are three committees made up of Councillors who work closely with the Town Clerk and the small team, to make decisions based on the actions within the Forward Plan.

To find out more, visit www.bridgwater-tc.gov.uk

Supporters

Arts Council England

Seed is part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme (CPP). Creative People and Places is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in arts and culture experiences in the places where they live. There are 33 projects, each located in a place where people are least likely to engage with arts and culture.

The programme has committed £108 million to the programme so far, covering 33 Projects, 33 Places, 30 consortia and 45 local authorities.

Sedgemoor District Council
 
The Liberty Group
The MD Group
Bridgwater & District Trades Union Council