Alice Thwaite


Alice is a pioneer in the field of creative ageing in the UK, since developing Equal Arts as an organisation that specialises in work with older people in the early 1990s.

In 2010 Alice was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship which has enabled her to travel extensively in the USA looking at examples of best practice. She is keen to share good practice and has spoken at Tate Modern, worked with the Royal Academy and presented at MoMa in New York.

Jos Forester-Melville

HenPower Project Manager

Jos has worked with Equal Arts for nearly 20 years after knocking on the door when she graduated from Northumbria University's Community Arts Degree.

Initially writing plays and making films about older people's memories, Jos took up the role of HenPower Project Lead in 2012 and now has more photos of older people with chickens and art work than her own children!

Kerry Wood

Communications Officer

A former award-winning journalist, Kerry has returned to public relations using her skills to help organisations raise their public profile and influence. In her younger years Kerry played women's rugby, fleetingly.

Douglas Hunter


Formerly an award-winning painter Douglas has been with Equal Arts for 16 years. He enjoys combining grass roots activities alongside long-term strategies to provide creative opportunities to older people.

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