Danni is an artist engaging in social and political subjects through a multidisciplinary practice. Over a number of years working in the arts in a variety of capabilities, as an artist, an actor, curator and volunteering roles, Danni’s views on the arts have changed and become more political through increased awareness of the importance of accessibility, diversity, leadership and how we engage on a truthful and meaningful level.
Danni has worked with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery where they created a piece of movement in response to The Past Is Now exhibition, as well as managing marketing for The S+K Project, Fierce Festival, Shout Festival and CineQ Festival. They are currently producing a project called BBQ which aims to archive the experiences of Black British Queer folk, and have joined the Impact Hub Birmingham event and membership team, exploring how we create a space that connects communities and supports collaboration within the arts.
Nikki joined Impact Hub Birmingham in 2015 as Head of Programming after an exciting 17 years in the libraries sector.
She programed and managed author events for Birmingham Libraries across the city network, working with mainstream publishing houses such as Headline, Pan Macmillan, Random House, Penguin etc and facilitated new reading initiatives that broadened the reader experience. Nikki was the inaugural recipient of the national PPC Librarian of the Year Award 2011, an award established within the publishing industry recognising the work that libraries do with readers.
Nikki lead on the programming for the annual Birmingham Fringe Festival (supported by Birmingham Book Festival), and also managed the Birmingham Poet Laureate Scheme, now in its 23rd year. As a keen reading activist, Nikki was the first Reader in Residence for Birmingham Literature Festival in 2018. As part of her role, Nikki hosted a series of reading conversations in a number of locations across the city, from a narrowboat along the canals to a church and deaf school.
Nikki has curated a rich programme of speakers at Impact Hub Birmingham, with events with writers including New York Times #1 best selling writer Angie Thomas, Patrick Ness, one of the nation's favourite bakers Nadiya Hussain, to Afua Hirsch, Slay In Your Lane, co founder of the BLM movement in the States; Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Can We All Be Feminists to name a few.
With an interest in community, representation, the issues women face, programme management and a love for Birmingham, Nikki is your main port of call for all things community and events. Nikki will move into programme development at Impact Hub Birmingham, and will be curating a magical experience for us all.
Daniel is interested in crafting, orchestrating and capturing experiences that edify people and enable them to express themselves. A visual designer and digital media producer by vocation, Daniel has always used his skills to drive ambitious change through numerous roles and creative ventures over the past 10 years, whether it’s been helping public sector organisations get to grips with digital, or collaborating with local arts organisations and community groups to help them use their creativity to stay ahead.
More recently Daniel has been thinking more about how designers can work more openly with people as co-founder of Spaghetti; a partnership of designers who help organisations and groups to unleash their collective genius and find original, innovative solutions to the challenges they face.
When he’s not at Impact Hub Birmingham or working on developing Spaghetti, he’ll be busy supporting his church community and playing his saxophone.
Hyper Island / Teesside University - MA Digital Media Management
Birmingham City University - BA (Hons) Media & Communications
Past: Aston University
Current: Spaghetti Labs, Global Gov Jam, Impact Hub Birmingham
Byng is a creative communicator with a penchant for learning-through-making. Since graduating from Arts University Bournemouth with a first class honours degree in Illustration, Byng has exhibited work internationally and completed a broad spectrum of commissions, working closely with cultural organisations to inspire audiences in new ways.
Passionate about the power of the individual as creative citizen, she is working on creating, capturing and curating meaningful content to tell the story of Impact Hub Birmingham, and is most likely to be found swathed in characteristically colourful garbs fervently writing a blog post.
Arts University Bournemouth - BA (Hons) Illustration
Past: mac birmingham, Another Escape
Current: Byng Inc, Illustrated Brum, TEDxBrum, Impact Hub Birmingham
Andy has followed a diverse career path so far, built upon a strong operational and financial management background. After studying Finance he went on to work in Account Management in design and as Data Analyst at West Midlands Police, where he discovered his passion for analysis and solving problems with data.
Now exploring the role urban economics can have in building a fairer more democratic city, making coffee and working on how to solve housing issues with open data - you’re most likely to find him riding a bicycle.
University of Birmingham - Money, Banking and Finance BSc
National Intelligence Analysis Training
Past: The Unagency, West Midlands Police, Faculty Coffee,
Current: Impact Hub Birmingham
Amy is a Creative Producer & Facilitator with over 10 years experience across a range of art forms. Amy’s most recent appointment was at Tate Liverpool to co-construct a festival with young people and over 30 of Liverpool’s creative organisations to audiences of over 15,000 people.
In 2015 she became a BOM (Birmingham Open Media) Fellow and part of the Innovate UK / Arts Council England funded arts & technology pilot at NearNow Studio in Nottingham. As founder of Birmingham SOUP, a microgranting dinner celebrating creative projects in Birmingham inspired by #DetroitSOUP, Amy is deeply committed to Birmingham and in finding ways to build resilient creative communities.
At Impact Hub Birmingham, Amy will be exploring the intersections of art, social impact and learning, especially advocating for the specific skills of artists within social innovation and systems change.
Her project FAMALAM explores parenting and play in the 21st Century and her work at Impact Hub will build upon her Co-Creche and Stay and Play season by exploring a new operating model for nomadic working parents and their children with an Impact Hub Parent Membership. Amy is interested in the role of children at the hub and creating a mutually beneficial and intergenerational learning community.
Amy is leading on #RadicalChildcare - an initiative to explore, imagine and invest in bold new possibilities for the future of childcare.
You'll probably find her at Hub talking about toddlers with Andy Reeve and Indi Kaur.
Immy is passionate about new models of organising, bringing diverse, passionate and talented people together, creating unlikely collaborations and local change based on global innovations, networks and knowledge.
When she isn’t doing Hub or building the city’s biggest TEDx community, she loves good coffee, great coffee shops, a lot of laughing and a bit of social media!
Cardiff University - Physiology BSc.
University of Birmingham - International Development MSc.
Past: Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Bromford
Current: Curator TEDxBrum, Civic Systems Lab, Impact Hub Birmingham
Indi is talented project planner and has 17 years experience in corporate systems and sales. She is also a fiercely passionate and vibrant host and events organiser. She has experience in running her own small ethical food business and is an avid supporter of independent retailers. More recently, Indi has begun to research new models of childcare for working families.
In her spare time Indi loves to bake, has a very active young son and loves to travel.
De Montford University - BSc. Computing
Past: Project Manager & Data Analyst Xerox UK
Current: Director of Guest Experience TEDxBrum, Suhaav (Ethical Food Business) & Impact Hub Birmingham.
Dan works on designing and delivering entrepreneurial coaching and support programmes across Europe. His background is in income generation with a focus on social and civic organisations.
Dan currently runs his own consultancy while leading on prototyping social innovations at a Birmingham based civic enterprise incubator. Dan is driven by creating routes to economic independence for all individuals and organisations.
University of Birmingham - Political Philosophy M.A.
Past: Head of Development at Best Chances Charity, Senior Manager at Exam Central Ltd
Current: Bridging To The Future, GD Intentions Ltd, Trustee of Lench’s Trust, Impact Hub Birmingham, FRSA
Joy is an Engineer and clinical practitioner. He has a background of working within the UK’s National Health Service within an assistive technology service providing clinical engineering and health service development.
Joy now runs his own small consultancy designing medical devices and healthcare service delivery. He is passionate about improving the way healthcare is delivered and help bring back engineering to Birmingham.
University of Birmingham - Biomedical Engineering BEng.
Coventry University - Rehabilitation Engineering GradDip.
Cardiff University - Clinical Engineering MSc.
Past: Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Current: JJD Innovations (Engineering Design), Partnerships TEDxBrum, Engineers Without Borders UK Healthcare, Impact Hub Birmingham
Indy is an architect, and institution designer & developer. He, on behalf of 00:/, has co-founded multiple social ventures from HubWestminster.net to the up coming HubLaunchpad.net [A £4m Open Venture Accelerator] and has also co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, whilst supporting several 00:/ explorations/experiments including the wikihouse.cc, opendesk.cc.
Indy is a Director of Data Science London and an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative.
Indy was Director of the Impact Hub Association and Impact Hub Islington [the original Hub in the Hub Network] and worked Jonathan Robinson to design the protocols and modes of the network scaling. Indy is a Director of DataScienceLondon and an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative.
Indy in collaboration with the Young Foundation is co-founding a new Applied Research, Design and Prototyping Centre focused on the development of new 21st Institutions and information architectures. The centre is currently working on the series of institutional start ups and research networks from the Polytechnic of the future to Next Gen Corporate organisation for Social Innovation.
Indy has taught & lectured at various institutions from the University of Bath, TU-Berlin; Architectural Association, University College London, Princeton. He has given lectures and led discussions on various issues, including how strategic design meets policy and a new economy in various forums from Demos, Centre of Social Justice, Helsinki Design Lab, European Parliament, LSE, Royal Academy, Royal Society of the Arts and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He has written for many national and international journals on the future of design, social systems and venturing. Indy is a Fellow of the RSA, Demos Associate, Respublica Fellow, JRF Anti-Poverty Strategy Programme Advisory Group member and a member of the Mayor of London's SME Working Group.
Impact Hub Birmingham is part of the family of ventures, projects and ideas that together form Project 00. Zero zero is a collaborative studio of architects, programmers, social scientists, economists, strategic and urban designers, connected by a shared practice of pushing design beyond its traditional borders.