The Stakeholder Forum

The  Stakeholder Forum Group was established in 2018 and was expanded to include a number of new members in September 2020. They meet in line with key project milestones, as set out by the Creative Quarter Team.  Forum Members have agreed to contribute to workshops, requests for feedback and requests for information. They will also promote the Creative Quarter where possible while acting as a ‘critical friend’.

The Stakeholder Forum will be invited to comment on proposals/ the master-plan prior to the release of these documents into the public domain (though it will not be able to enforce any proposed changes).

The Stakeholder Forum has agreed on a representative to attend Board meetings when invited by the Creative Quarter Project Board, this member is Alan Heap.

The Stakeholder Group are there to represent you, your interests, needs and opinions.  Should you wish to discuss the project in more detail, please do make contact with a member.

The group is committed to the success of the project and seeks to be representative of Leamington’s community.

Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about this group


Alan Heap

Purple Monster

Alan is the nominated member of the group who represents the views of the group at the Project Board Meetings

Adrian Gains

Owner - Temperance

Dr Andrew Oliver

The Game Dragons

Chris Knight

Creative Leamington

Craig Spivey

Craig Spivey Creative

Craig is an Independent Creative Director working in advertising, design and marketing. He works globally with brands such as Cheslea Football Cub and Disney, nationally with companies like Mitchells & Butlers, and locally with a number of retailers and organisations on our doorstep.

He recently branded the Creative Framework for Warwick District Council and created the post-lockdown comms for BID Leamington, has designed a number of initiatives promoting the creative industries in the region for Warwick County Council and the University of Warwick and is currently working behind the scenes on Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 projects.

Craig is also the Creative Director of TEDxLeamingtonSpa and originator of the award-winning Backspace computer games festival and is looking forward to the Creative Quarter providing a very visible home for the diverse range of creative activities that go on in the town.

Katherine Geddes

Royal Leamington Spa Town Council

Katherine is the Democratic Support Officer for Royal Leamington Spa Town Council based at the Town Hall. Her remit includes planning, community/stakeholder engagement, consultation and grant funding. Much of her time has been devoted to the creation and delivery of the Leamington Spa Neighbourhood Plan which is now complete. During this process, she carried out many consultations, going to local events and talking to residents about their priorities and ambitions for their town.

The Creative Quarter is a part of the Neighbourhood Plan and would love to see it come to fruition over the next few years as a thriving and vibrant mix of event space, markets, flexible offices, creative living space and effective, bespoke development of previously redundant buildings.

Kristie Naimo

Chair, Art in the Park

Kristie is involved in many community groups and organisations across Leamington Spa.

Her roles include Chair of Art in the Park Festival, Director/Project Manager of Achieving Results in Communities CIC and Chair of Friends of Foundry Wood Community Woodland.

Louise Richards


Louise is the driving force behind Motionhouse’s trailblazing journey and global success. Her vision shapes the company’s activity and strategic direction. Her skill for recognising opportunities has enabled Motionhouse to set rather than follow trends, initiating the expansion of the repertoire to include outdoor work for a range of festival and other audiences, and producing many of the company’s acclaimed large-scale productions. She is instrumental in developing the numerous partnerships that Motionhouse enjoys. Originally a dancer and choreographer, Louise remains closely involved with the performing company and creative process. A recognised leader in the sector, Louise regularly speaks at events

Motionhouse has been based in Leamington since its creation in 1988, dance-circus company Motionhouse creates and tours a range of inspiring and powerful dance-circus productions to theatres and festivals in the UK and across the globe. The company’s distinctive, highly physical style integrates elements of circus and acrobatics with breath-taking dance to surprise and delight our audiences, using powerful narrative and incredible digital imagery.  The company also offers a vibrant programme of education and training activities for all ages, including classes, post-show discussions, workshops in schools and a range of professional development opportunities. Motionhouse is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Maddy Kerr

Heartbreak Productions

Formed in 1991 by Peter Mimmack and Maddy Kerr, Heartbreak Productions operates with one simple goal – to bring unique outdoor theatre experiences to audiences across the country.

We aim to tell stories that inspire, entertain, challenge and help us to gain a better understanding of human beings and how we can live together. We always strive to make our work the best in the field, collaborating with actors, designers, composers and crew to create a special and exciting experience for our audiences. Currently, we are busily working towards our 30th anniversary open-air theatre tour in 2021, featuring 4 fantastic shows: David Walliams’ Mr Stink, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Shakespeare’s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Wonder with Grimma modern re-telling of a collection of Grimms’ fairytales.

Heartbreak is thrilled to be part of the Creative Quarter and we look forward to the opportunities for collaboration with other creatives and artists across the region. As the home of Heartbreak for 30 years, we are particularly passionate about supporting the wider benefits the quarter can bring to the local community in Leamington Spa.


Roger Twiney

Trustee, Action 21

Roger represents Action 21. This is a volunteer-led environmental charity, based at Court Street in Leamington Spa. Roger can be contacted through the Court Street base (telephone 01926 339077 or email”

Ruth Leary

University of Warwick

Stacey O'Connor

Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Stephanie Kerr

Leamington Business Improvement District (BID)

Stephanie is the Executive Director of BID Leamington. BID Leamington is a not-for-profit business led and funded partnership focused on enhancing the trading environment in Leamington’s town centre. BID Leamington was invited to join the Stakeholder forum in September 2020. You can learn more about BID Leamington, including Stephanie’s background and contact details here: Please do not hesitate to get in touch