MEET THE TEAM

IAN ELWICK
IAN ELWICK

CEO

I do this job because I love making a difference to the working lives of creative people so that together we can help the sector to grow and develop. I am a designer by training and experience, so now I use design thinking to structure what we do and apply this when I act as a consultant to other creative companies, for example, the work I do with Elwick Bouette Partnership.

MARTIN BOUETTE
MARTIN BOUETTE

CCO

I am a designer and researcher so I am passionate about creative entrepreneurship which was the topic for my PhD. Since 2005 I have set up dozens of courses for creative entrepreneurs which culminated in 2009 in my founding the first creative MBA in the UK at UCA. In 2012 I set up Elwick Bouette Partnership with Ian to offer support for creative and carry out creative research. Since joining Werkshop as a director in 2014 I have been able to help the organisation by developing creative support programmes and helping to pursue funding for new venues.

HELEN KATSOURIS
HELEN KATSOURIS

GENERAL MANAGER

I seem to have become our internal hub: the go-to person for all the things that we do so that your business doesn’t have to worry over the detail. From accounts and management through to fire safety, HR and risk assessment I am the one responsible for an amazing variety of decisions and regulations compliance. From supporting the organisation through some difficult times, we have come through and are now poised to fulfill an ambitious investment programme.

LOUISE SEEDHOUSE
LOUISE SEEDHOUSE

SITE MANAGER

I run 4 buildings within The Werks Group and provide a lot of general support for admin, ICT and accounts. The buildings I run have a lot of special people in them and my experience in retail and administration has helped a lot on being able to support them and deliver a good service and run events where everyone meets up. Previously I have been trained in IT and been webmaster to another organisation and this experience is also helping The Werks Group to develop.

JACK SHOEBRIDGE
JACK SHOEBRIDGE

SALES & ASSISTANT SITE MANAGER

Having completed my business admin level 2 & 3 apprenticeships within The Werks Group, I am now in the role of Assistant Site Manager. My new job role includes working across 3 of our sites, marketing our available spaces on various platforms, meeting with and showing potential clients around our buildings and dealing with the full process of move-ins from start to finish.

MEL BAMFORD
MEL BAMFORD

COMMUNITY MANAGER

I run the Werks Central in Middle street Brighton and help oversee the café in the building. I also manage our events with regular and one-off bookings in all our various spaces. I enjoy building up our full calendar and having a strong creative community in the company and the city. My previous experience as an events manager has helped me book large events and manage them from start to finish easily.

SAM ARMSTRONG
SAM ARMSTRONG

SOCIAL MEDIA CO-ORDINATOR

I started working for The Werks Group in 2016 as an administration apprentice, and my love for writing and storytelling was soon picked up on - now my job is to make sure everybody knows how passionate we are about what we do for businesses in the city. I also work alongside the marketing team to create designs for marketing and promotions.

DENNIS CUMMING
DENNIS CUMMING

RECEPTION

I commenced early retirement from the National Probation Service on a Friday and started work with The Werks Group the following Monday. This was meant to be for a few weeks over the summer months, two years later I am still here. I currently cover reception duties at Pier Werks and The Werks on Monday’s and Friday’s. Of course, I am always accompanied by Head of Security, Toby his King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.

LEANNE JACKSON
LEANNE JACKSON

APPRENTICE

I am currently working towards my Level 2 Business Administration with The Werks Group. You'll find me covering reception and learning the ins and outs of each building. I also work alongside Mel as support for events management.

ANDY FRAPE
ANDY FRAPE

MAINTENANCE MANAGER

Having been in the building industry for over 30 years there is almost nothing which I can’t build, fix or put back together. I have been with BMC and The Werks Group since it started in 1992, and there were times I had to be inventive when budgets were stretched. I love my work because we have a great team and great clients who appreciate what we do for them: no two days are ever the same! Sport is my passion, but football is my favourite.

RICHARD WEHR
RICHARD WEHR

MAINTENANCE

I work alongside Andy to make sure everything's running smoothly. There's not a day where we're not building something new or making improvements to buildings. Kitchens, edit suites, even total office revamps.

EVE
EVE

BARISTA

I'm the barista over at Cafewerks in Werks Central. I work alongside Mel to make sure that everybody's well caffeinated and ready to start the day! I also assist with event catering.

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