Meet The Team
William Steele | Education Lead & Co-Founder
William Steele is a producer and puppeteer who trained at Northumbria University in Drama an Scriptwriting. He then went on to study improvisation at the Danish School of Improvisation and is also a 2018 graduate of the Curious School of Puppetry. He is a founding director of Space Six CIC - an independent office and rehearsal venue for performing artists. He is also a director of Life and Limb Puppets, which has a proven track record of delivering high quality applied puppetry interventions around mental health needs. Will is one of the original founders of Moving Parts Arts along with Kerrin Tatman and a founder of the improvisation company Open Heart Theatre. He has taught puppetry and improvisation at Northern Stage, Northern School of Art, Newcastle College and the Hideout Theatre in Austin Texas.
Will was a Director of Moving Parts Arts along with Kerrin between 2017-2021 but remains in the role of Education Lead, which includes directing our education projects, Puppet School and outreach workshops.
Kerrin Tatman | Artistic Director & Co-Founder (they/them)
Kerrin Tatman is an award-winning creative producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and theatre maker based in Newcastle. They are passionate about bringing artists, participants and audiences together to create meaningful and impactful creative experiences that transform spaces and diversify regional arts delivery. Kerrin is the Co-Artistic Director of Beverley Puppet Festival along with Anna Ingleby and has co-delivered three festivals with the organisation in this role, the experience of which led to the co-founding of Moving Parts Arts in 2017 along with William Steele.
As a musician, Kerrin plays and writes for a varied range of projects scaling circus, dance, theatre and concert hall, with clients including Hull Philharmonic Orchestra, The Tallis Scholars, The D Project and Circus Central. Kerrin is also one half of Tatwood Puppets alongside Matthew Wood, a touring company specialising in visual theatre, puppetry and original soundtracks.
Kerrin runs the day-to-day activities and oversees the directional progression of Moving Parts Arts, which includes programming, project development and strategic planning.
Margaret Pinder | Chair, trustee
Margaret Pinder studied English and Modern Languages at King’s College, Cambridge where she was heavily involved in the music scene playing co-principal double bass in the university music society’s first orchestra. She went on to qualify as a solicitor, practising international shipping law in the City and then moving to the United States where she specialised in international corporate law on Wall Street before joining the faculty of Harvard University.
Returning to the UK she worked as a legal consultant before taking on the role of Head of Market Intelligence for a major international law firm. In 2017 she was selected to join the CBI’s Executive Leadership Programme. She now works as a music and project manager for Polyphony Arts, a classical music agency based in Newcastle. Margaret also serves as Chair of the Hull Philharmonic Society and is board member and trustee for Hull Chamber Music.
Alison McGowan | Secretary, trustee
Alison McGowan has an extensive puppetry career spanning over 20 years working in theatre, film and television as well as in education and community settings. Alison has worked in the West End of London as a puppeteer for Improbable Theatre (2001); for CBeebies as ‘Tamba’ in Tikkabilla (2002-2003) and most recently as a puppeteer on ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ for Lucasfilm (2018); ‘Solo’ for Lucasfilm (2017) and ‘The Dark Crystal’ for Netflix (2018).
Alison is a director and founder of PuppetShip CIC, an organisation which creates puppetry performances and workshops across the North East and nationally. As a puppetry tutor and workshop facilitator Alison has worked at the University of Northumbria; the Royal Centre School of Speech and Drama; the National Student Drama Festival and The Royal College of Art. As a child psychotherapist, Alison currently works part-time in a primary school setting using puppetry in therapy, and for the Northern Guild of Psychotherapy in Jesmond.
Jonny Bussell | Treasurer, trustee
Jonny Bussell studied Philosophy at Newcastle University and then went on to study MA Acting at Arts Educational Schools London. After graduating Jonny has worked as an actor and director predominantly in the North East of England, performing in productions such as ‘Revenger’s Tragedy’ and ‘The Duchess of Malfi’.Jonny recently directed ACE-funded ‘Bankers’ at Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle.
As a writer Jonny’s first full length play ‘The Centre’ was produced at ARC in Stockton. His play ‘The Bag’ toured the North East of England and Scotland with Northumberland Theatre Company and his short plays have been performed at venues such as Live Theatre, The Cockpit Theatre and Theatre 503. He was the writer of ‘Just Checking’ and ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ with Vivid Theatre Company and Newcastle University that were performed at Northern Stage and ARC. Jonny is currently Faculty Leader for Stage & Screen at The Northern School of Art. He oversees BA Acting, Film, TV and Theatre Production, Visual Effects & Model Making and Production Design.
The Rest of our team
Erin Conor | Assistant Producer
Erin is an independent Producer and Project Manager based in Newcastle. As well as working with artists and companies to produce theatre and events for regional venues and UK tours, Erin works as an Associate Producer with organisations such as Curious Arts, Moving Parts Arts, Northern Stage, Open Clasp Theatre Company and Newcastle Fringe Festival to support in the delivery of arts festivals and projects. Erin’s independent projects are currently supported by Stage One.
Louise Gregory | Technical Manager
Louise Gregory works internationally as a Production & Stage Manager, specialising in productions in unusual and community venues. She has worked on outdoor performances and the North East of England, at GDIF, Imagine Luton and Latitude Festival. Production Management credits include The Believers are But Brothers (Javaad Alipoor); salt., Race Cards and The Missy Elliott Project (Selina Thompson); The Department of Distractions and Partus (Third Angel); Buzzcut Festival 2021; and Newcastle Fringe Festival 2021 (Alphabetti Theatre). She also works as a Lighting Designer, and is Lead Artist on NAVIGATE, a programme for early-career Scottish artists from a disadvantaged or marginalised background to develop Covid-safe performances, including across new digital formats.
Louise was the Production and Health & Safety Director for the 2019 festival and for Tyne Rising in 2021.
Rachael Horner | Illustrator & Graphic Designer
Rachael Horner is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, originally from Beverley but now based in Brighton. Rachael was awarded a BA (Hons) in illustration from Falmouth University and then went on to pursue her love of colour and texture to create bold and colourful large-scale collages. Other clients include Puppets in Beverley, the RHS, Scilly Flowers, DCUK, Taste of London and Survive.
Rachael has designed all Moving Parts Arts graphic content since 2017, including the shadow puppet characters, bespoke font, Tyne Rising poster, Puppet School pop up theatre and this website.
Lesley-anne Rose | Stop Motion Animation Consultant
Lesley-anne Rose is an award winning animator and artist who lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne. Lesley-anne has made animations for broadcast TV as well as online content commissions for the BBC, shorts for museums and art galleries, including the Tate, BALTIC, Laing and Woodhorn Museum.
As well as commissioned work, Lesley-anne produces participatory projects with marginalised groups in the region, work with organisations like GemArts, Equal Arts, the NHS, Newcastle University, Helix Arts and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, facilitating the production of unique, award winning animated shorts.
Chloe Rodham | Animator
Chloe Rodham is a freelance animator and educator. She graduated from UCA Farnham in 2010 and has been working freelance on projects ever since, from indents and social ads to short films and explainer videos. She works in a variety of techniques and loves to create using stop motion animation and model making.
Chloe was the 2019 Stop Motion Commission creator for Moving Parts and has since created animations for the festival, such as the Tyne Rising poster animation in 2021.
A huge thank you to all of the people who have helped us to get to where we are now.
Anna Ingleby of Beverley Puppet Festival for first mentoring Kerrin within puppet festival producing
Mariley Reinoso Olivera who was instrumental in the 2019 festival
Laura Firby who was instrumental in the 2021 festival
Gillian Firth who continues to be an incredible support through mentorship in fundraising