Our People

Nicky Goulder

Our Chief Executive

Create was born from a vision Nicky had in December 2002 of a charity that would use the power of the arts to transform lives. She is motivated by her longing for a fair, caring, inclusive society in which every individual can fulfil their potential. Prior to co-founding the charity in July 2003, she was Chief Executive of the Orchestra of St John’s. She has extensive experience in creative arts management, before which she was a Marketing Executive at KPMG. She was a volunteer Childline Counsellor for five years before becoming a Samaritan in January 2002; is on the YouthXpress leadership team at Southwark Cathedral, where she works with young people aged 11-18; and is Vice Chair of the Queen’s Nursing Institute. Nicky has a First Class BSc (Hons) in Marketing (with arts) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma. In 2013, she completed a Certificate in History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London, for which she was awarded Distinction. Nicky was recognised as Clarins Most Dynamisante Woman of the Year in 2013; received the Charity Times Rising CEO Star Highly Commended award in 2014; was one of 30 #SocialCEO award winners in 2015; and was runner-up for the Directory of Social Change “Influencer” award in 2017. 

Our Staff

Our Ambassadors

  • Alistair DK Johnston CMG

Our Trustees

  • John Broadis, School Business Manager
  • Eddie Donaldson (Chairman), Business Adviser
  • Tim Jones, Private Investor and Director
  • Marit Meyer-Bell, PR Consultant
  • Vanessa Sharp (Company Secretary), Solicitor, Non-Executive Director, Jeweller
  • Carol Topolski, Writer

Our Creative Council

  • James Baldwin, Actor and Playwright
  • John Broadis (Chairman), School Business Manager
  • Chloe Cooper, Visual Artist
  • Tracey Fahy, Photographer
  • Sara MacQueen, Dancer
  • Cheryl Moskowitz, Poet and Writer
  • Mike Poyser, Musician
  • Aga Serugo Lugo, Musician

Our Development Council

  • Sally Bye, Partner, BrandPie
  • Harry Charlton, Director of External Relations, Chatham House
  • Gareth Davies, Business Development Consultant, former PwC partner
  • Tim Jones (Chairman), Private Investor and Director
  • Michel Koch, Chief Marketing Officer, Time Inc UK
  • Michael Llewelyn-Jones, Senior corporate banker
  • Alan Paul, Senior Consultant, Berwin Leighton Paisner
  • Vanessa Sharp, Solicitor, Non-Executive Director, Jeweller

Our Communications Council

  • Jim Bowes, CEO, Manifesto
  • Rishi Dastidar, Head of Verbal Identity, Brand Pie
  • Lisa Jedan, Global Director, Brand PR & Corporate Communications, Bacardi
  • Marit Meyer-Bell (Chairman), PR Consultant
  • Martin Shippen, PR Consultant
  • Jim Thornton, Deputy Executive Creative Director, VCCP

Our Honorary Advisory Council

  • Peter Estlin, City of London Alderman, Master of The Worshipful Company of International Bankers, Senior Advisor at Barclays Bank UK plc
  • Andrew Moorfield, Senior corporate banker
  • Tim Robertson, Director, Royal Society of Literature
  • Colin Sheaf, Chairman, Bonhams UK and Asia
  • Emily Stubbs, Director of Development, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Our Artists

Our programmes are delivered by exceptional artists who share our commitment to transforming lives. All are professionals in their specialist field (eg: dancers, musicians, photographers, writers, sculptors, actors) who combine a passion for their artform with a love of people. They have outstanding communication skills and a wealth of experience in leading creative arts projects in challenging community settings. They place participants’ ideas and creativity at the heart of every Create project, inspiring, encouraging and motivating children and adults alike to develop learning and social skills, become more self-confident and have fun.

Read more about our artists.