Managing Director and Founder
Inspired by her involvement with the One Billion Rising global campaign, Lisa founded Changing Relations in 2013. A passionate and skilled teacher, Lisa has worked in a range of educational settings, both locally and internationally, educating young people and adults, and developing and delivering training for teachers. She left teaching to pursue her commitment to gender equality, and now spearheads the company’s strategic direction, project development, fundraising and sales.
Polly is an imaginative and inspiring visual artist and educator. Drawing on her experience as Head of Art department in secondary education, she is responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with schools, academies and colleges. A practicing visual artist, her artistic direction has enabled the successful delivery of multiple projects and educational workshops that have maximised the impact of Changing Relation’s work.
Jessica brings a wealth of marketing experience to Changing Relations which has developed from working both client and agency side on a wide range of marketing projects. Having worked for some big-name corporate brands Jessica is excited to help make a positive impact on people’s lives through the work that Changing Relations does. Originally hailing from the South Jessica is now a firm lover of Durham and the North and what our lovely local area has to offer.
Helen is non-executive Director for Changing Relations and as a data analyst for Public Health England, she brings her considerable statistical and research skills to the team.
Stephen is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse, with expertise in male violence, and strategies for engaging men and boys.
Clara is senior curator at The National Trust, Cragside, with a knowledge of designing engaging arts content.
Lindsay is a North East based PR consultant, media trainer, and multi-award winning journalist.
Associate Artists and Trainers
Rupert is a combined arts practitioner specialising in digital media & performance design, who has worked with Changing Relations for six years, giving a firm understanding of the company's motivation for socially-engaged art.
He has over 10 years' experience presenting visual and digital artwork, alongside sound, in immersive, engaging and accessible installations to draw in a range of audiences.
Rupert is an experienced Freelance Arts Facilitator currently working within local communities to deliver a range of arts-based projects with youth and adult participants.
Rupert is a combined artist with a BA in Fine Art and an HND Photographic Practice.
Art for me is about well-being. It's about enjoying the process of creating and finding time to engage with something rewarding and enjoyable. That's what I really stress as a tutor and as an artist. Art is for everyone, so if you enjoy it – do it!"
Michelle Harland, is the founder director, manager and artist at Creative Youth Opportunities CIC. She co-directs CreativePop CIC and works as a freelance community artist. She is also an academic tutor at the University of Sunderland, working in the faculty of education and society.
Michelle is a qualified and experienced teacher, youth and community worker and artist with a proven track record in the fields of youth work, community development, community arts, events management, training and children and young people's participation, who has worked for local authorities, charities and in the voluntary sector.
Children's rights, young people's voice and highlighting social issues using creativity has been contrail to her work for many years,
Julie has a background in academia, with a PhD and over fourteen years of teaching and research experience focused on representations and theories of gender and sexuality in contemporary literature, film and television. In 2017, she left academia to pursue her passion for gender and LGBT equality issues, becoming a self-employed trainer, consultant and coach. She enjoys facilitating learning experiences that contribute toward achieving a more equal society.