Nikki joins us as Head Host at Impact Hub Birmingham after an exciting 17 years in the libraries sector. Nikki has been winner of the inaugural PPC Librarian of the Year Award 2011.
She is also a successful manager of author and poetry events for Birmingham Libraries across the city network, working with mainstream publishing houses such as Headline, Pan Macmillan, Random House, Penguin etc.
Previously having been programme manager for annual Birmingham Fringe Festival (supported by Birmingham Book Festival), she also managed and administered the Birmingham Poet Laureate Scheme, now in its 20th year.
With a keen interest in community, the issues women face, events, 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.
Parm has so far worked with a very diverse and broad range of communities in her career, firstly with Birmingham International Airport, before moving to The Faithful Neighbourhoods Centre. It was was in this role of bringing communities together of different faiths, as well as those of no faith, where Parm became more interested in the dynamics and conditions needed for successful communities to flourish.
With a background in Holistic Therapy and childcare, as well as her incredibly easy going nature Parm is astute at communicating with a broad range of people and loves to help build stronger communities by helping people find common ground and shared values.
Drawn to the Hub by the positive vibes and a desire to see how a new type of community could emerge and flourish, Parm is a great source of inspiration for neighbourhood relationships. And a massage treatment if you ask nicely!
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
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 better 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Paige Jackson is multi- faceted artist who specialised in contemporary dance training. Although a proud Brummie born and raised, she loves to travel and is a strong advocate of social investment (deeply engaging with individuals and communities with compassion and an open heart). She has an eclectic background from being a live in nanny to running her own business. Poetry, books, blogs, paint and eccentricity!
London Contemporary Dance School. BA(Hons) Contemporary Dance.
Rory is a community artist, disruptive thinker and is obsessed with all things coffee.
Over the last 5 years Rory has been exploring what it means to be a Community Artist, championing the importance of a community-centric approach, putting the needs of people at the heart of his practice. Working predominantly with young people, Rory has found an inclusive outlook can enable the people he works with to create and discover without inhibitions. Believing a responsive and reactive attitude towards engagement generates more open and meaningful interaction, leading participants to develop and grow as individuals.
As head of Arts and Social Development at CAGED Arts he built participatory arts programmes that grew the confidence and skills of young people in a wide variety of communities, as well as taking a key role in shaping operations through disruptive innovation practices.
Highlighted from his work with communities Rory has had to come to terms with the lack of community space currently available in Birmingham. As a barista who has worked in independent coffee shops across Birmingham, he has seen the citizens of the city adapting coffee spaces to create the platforms they really need. As an advocate for the transformational power of coffee and the spaces it creates, Rory currently researches the safe, serendipitous and alchemical nature of coffee shops, how we can not only build more sustainable and inclusive models but spaces that allow the citizens of Birmingham to progress and flourish.
Rory began his Impact Hub life as a Hub Wizard, making people feel welcome, holding space, making buckets of coffee and working on specific projects like City Camp. As Head of Coffee & Community, he is responsible for nurturing and enabling the vibrant community within Impact Hub Birmingham as well as initiating connections and conversations with external communities.
Elsewhere in the city Rory has been involved in TEDxBrum as host and performer, and when not in coffee shops spends his time beatboxing and riding his longboard.
Birmingham School of Acting - BA(Hons) Applied Performance (Community and Education)
Impact Hub Birmingham Wizards are a group of lively, passionate and committed Brummies, bringing magic to the city. Each day you may come across them in the space, the coffee shop, at your event or see their work around the Impact Hub Birmingham. Every quarter we bring new people into the team.
Join a magical team making the Impact Hub Birmingham community awesome.
- Are you passionate about Birmingham?
- Are you keen to meet lots of inspiring, passionate entrepreneurs, activists and change makers at Impact Birmingham?
- Do you love the community at Impact Hub Birmingham but aren’t able to pay the monthly rate?
- Are you excited to be part of a vibrant and kick ass team bringing energy, connections, hope, fun and knowledge to the community at Impact Hub Birmingham?
- Do you care about making magic happen in a hopeful, aspirational, passionate and driven community?
Join us the Impact Hub Birmingham Wizards Team - email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know and we can have a coffee to chat about this further.
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.