Five Minutes With… Our New Finance Manager!

What’s new with the CAE team? Well, we’ve had some staffing changes over the last couple of months! Our previous Finance Manager Sheila had been with us for four years, but moved on to pastures new at the end of November, and so for the last few months we’ve been welcoming a new recruit into the fold – Jo!

Jo has taken over the position of Finance Manager, and her wealth of experience is sure to be a great asset to Creative Arts East. We’ve been getting to know her over the last few months, and hope she’ll enjoy being part of our little CAE family.

Our Communications and Content Assistant Zoe grabbed five minutes with her to learn more…

Can you tell us a bit about your role before you joined the team?

I have had a varied career, working in Banking, Mortgages, the NHS, Social Services and the Education sector. I have also been self-employed. Always in Finance but never in the Arts before. I am enjoying that and working part time.

Do you have an interest in the arts personally? If so, what kind of things do you like?

I am a prolific reader, I like the theatre, ballet, music (classical and modern) and film. I am looking forward to enjoying these things a great deal more now that I have more time on my hands.

What was your dream job as a child and why?

I wanted to do everything at one time or another. I think I settled on being a hairdressing doctor  – so I could make people better while giving them a perm!!

If you could switch jobs with someone in the team, based on your impressions so far, who would it be?

Mmmm. That’s difficult because I love Finance so much. Probably Karen/Elly or Lea as they get out and about so much although it keeps them all far too busy.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role, and in working for Creative Arts East?

Bringing my experience to help the charity achieve value for money and maximising income. But I am also looking forward to working with this team of dedicated people who work so hard to bring art to the area.

Well, there you have it! We hope you’ve enjoyed discovering more about our newest team member, Finance Manager Jo!

If you fancy working with us here at Creative Arts East, helping to bring fantastic arts experiences to rural and culturally under-served communities in the East, why not check out our latest job opportunity? The new post of Touring Development Officer has opened up – check it out here!


A Warm Welcome to Our New Team Member!

We’ve got some exciting news! Last week, we welcomed a new team member to the organisation – the wonderful Abbie Line! Abbie has come on board in the new role of Touring Scheme Administrator, and will be helping scheme managers Alice and Karen with both CAE Screen, our community cinema scheme, and Live!, our rural touring live performance scheme.

The whole team here at Creative Arts East are thrilled to have Abbie join us, so it’s time for you to find out a bit more about her!

Firstly, welcome to the team, Abbie! Could you tell us a bit about what you were doing before you started working at Creative Arts East?

Thank you, I’m very excited to be part of the team! I studied in Nottingham where I developed an interest in the museum and heritage sector, and more recently in the arts on a wider scale. While I lived in Nottingham I worked as a Freelance Heritage Assistant, and got involved with lots of great projects in local museums. I also started a networking group called East of England Emerging Museum Professionals when I moved over to Norwich which I really enjoy.

What’s your role here at CAE, and what will it involve?

My role is the Touring Scheme Administrator, which means that I will mainly be supporting the exciting community cinema and live performance schemes Screen, LIVE! and Inn Crowd. I will also have the opportunity to get involved with lots of great events, and build relationships with the wonderful promoters and artists who work with CAE.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role with us?

I am really looking forward to getting to know more about the rural communities in and around Norfolk and Suffolk who work with CAE, and those who get involved with lots of the various projects and schemes. It’s great to see how the events being put on are so beneficial to so many people, and I can’t wait to get involved with helping to make it all happen.

If you had to plan a fun day out for the CAE team, where would you take us and why?

I’m a really foody person, so I would plan a trip to somewhere like Cadbury World or find a baking workshop. Judging by the fact that some of the CAE team bring in things they have made I think that would go down well!

And lastly, tell us a fun or perhaps unexpected fact/hobby about yourself!

I have quite a few hobbies really but I love all things creative. I enjoy experimenting with different art forms so I do a lot of painting, sewing and printmaking at home. I also love history (having studied it at uni) and have a slight obsession with the Tudors!

Thanks Abbie! We hope you enjoyed meeting our newest team member, stay tuned for more blog posts coming up over the next few months!