About Creative Factory

Meet the team

Deb Slade

With over 27 years experience working in Community Arts both as a practitioner and trainer, and in development, coordination and management of substantial programmes and projects.

Over the years she has worked across the West Midlands for a variety of organisations in Play, Youth, Community and Arts organisations both in the Voluntary and Statuary Sectors. Community Cohesion, inclusion and BME arts development have been a strong thread through all her work especially with Walsall Creative Development Team as Team Manager for the last 10 years.

Deb trained in Fine Art and as a post graduate in Youth and Community and developed carnival, textile and all kinds of making skills with a passion for unlocking creativity in all kinds of community contexts.

Projects example: Black Country Echoes
Role: Co-ordinator, events and exhibition curator and marketing

Jimm Rennie

With a background in theatre and comedy Jimm gets excited by engaging discussions about ideas and takes a hands on approach towards the practicalities of developing projects or events, from initial thoughts through to the final product.

Having worked as a freelance coordinator for Walsall Town Festival, as well as taking on event staff roles at Bands on the Beacon, Walsall Music Festival 2016 and #loveyourneighbour, Jimm is proudly committed to being a Director of Walsall Creative Factory, working to increase the cultural and community profile of the borough.


Rachel Parker

Rachel has been involved in community arts work for 20 years. Most recently as Principal Arts and Health Development Officer for Walsall Council Creative Development Team where she has developed the skills, passion and interest in using arts and creativity to help have a positive impact on people’s health and feeling of wellbeing.

Rachel trained in theatre design at Nottingham Trent University and has had a varied and interesting career path. Including working as a designer for various small scale theatre companies, being a local authority community arts development officer, being a Creative Producer for Creative Health CIC and undertaking different freelance arts jobs.

Rachel is currently exploring new creative work opportunities, being an associate of Creative Factory and returning to part time study at Chester University.

Project example: Walsall Arts Into Health

Role: Managent and Development of Arts into Health programme

Associate artists & partners

Steve Pottinger
Poet, Writer and project development / management

Anna Roginska
Calmore Community Garden and community cohesion projects

Mark Webster
Community activist, community arts development

Kim Fuller
Writer, singer and Community arts development

Gemma Ince
Graphic design, Made by... designer maker group

Paul Lacey
Web design and development

Ruth Radcliffe
Artist, Made by... designer maker group

Richard Franks
Graphic design, animation and video