Managing Director & Founder
Lisa C Davis founded the company in 2013 inspired by her involvement in the global One Billion Rising campaign to raise awareness of the prevalence of violence against women.
Lisa is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, developing project ideas & forging partnerships that support the delivery of our projects & overseeing the day-to-day running of company activity.
Lisa spent 8 years working in a range of educational settings, locally, internationally, formal & informal, teaching young people, adults and planning, coordinating & delivering training for teachers. Having worked with Literature, Drama, Media, Cultural Studies, Thinking Skills, Literacy & English as a Foreign Language, she left teaching to pursue her passion for gender equality, driving Durham’s One Billion Rising campaigns in 2013 & 2014, drawing together a range of individuals, organisations, academics, artists & art forms in a 3 month festival to stand up against violence against women & girls.
Pollyanna Turner joined Changing Relations in 2014. She is responsible for building relations with schools, colleges & academies to support them with our range of education & training. Polly managed The Women’s Voices Project during 2015 & 2016, overseeing the theatrical enhancements & managing the tour of our play Make Do and Mend which has recently been remade as a film to enable wider viewing & use as a stimulus for education & training with a range of professional organisations. Polly helped develop our partner project, Men’s Voices, facilitates our arts & education workshops & supports our Associate Artists as Artistic Director in the shaping of creative projects, crystalising our commitment to an inter-disciplinary, combined arts approach, drawing on visual, aural & performing arts in our creative output to maximise our aesthetic impact.
Polly is a Visual Artist & Educator. After completing a BA in Fine Art at Kingston University & a PGCE from Cambridge University, she spent 5 years teaching Art in a secondary school, while continuing to create & exhibit her own work, before returning to the North East in 2014 to pursue arts within a community setting for young people & adults. Polly supported the women who shared their stories for MDAM, bringing their words to life with an immersive, interactive stage & set for our final theatre performances in 2015 & 2016 & exhibited her own body of work alongside producing a public exhibition & community showcase of work for the Men’s Voices project in 2017.