People at MFMC


Hugh Thomas - Director

Hugh has run an Arts Company touring performance work across UK and Europe; worked in secondary school leadership; established community projects and charities and run public arts events. He was the leader of Teaching and Learning in the Bristol Education Action Zone, a UK Government project aimed at tackling young people’s underachievement in Inner City Bristol. He has since expanded this work across the UK, focusing on engaging different industry sectors and universities in helping transform education to meet the needs of young people.

He is the co- creator of multidisciplinary educational programmes working with MFMC associates. All these education programmes boost confidence, inspire young people to think about their future, and enable them to form loose ties to people and places they may not normally access.


 Polly Barnes - Director of Education

Polly is our education specialist with a national profile for 'Futures' and 'Financial Education'. Having spent her teaching career working in low–income communities, she has a passion for brokering and managing relationships between education sectors, museums, cultural venues and businesses, driven by the positive impact that such experiences can have on the social mobility of the young people. Experienced as a teacher in schools and a lecturer in education at universities, Polly has worked as a consultant for Healthy Schools, Young Enterprise and Director of Education for the national financial education programme for ages 16-18, 'Blackbullion Futures'.  She has managed a diversity of projects including the designing and manufacturing of education resources and books and is frequently employed to speak at conferences. With a highly successful background in the arts and PSHE she is also on a mission to encourage teachers and young people to leave their comfort zones to discover the fun and excitement of the possible futures in science and engineering.


Rosie Thomas - Project Manager 

Rosie is a trainee counsellor and works part time with My Future My Choice as a project manager. 




Bandele Iyapo - Artist, story-teller, anthropologist and historian











Henrik G Dahle - Film maker, creative solutions and new concepts for learning

Henrik is a creative practitioner who works across many art forms. Now focusing his attention on writing, developing inspirational interactive web based projects and creating books for adults and children. Social and ecological consciousness is threaded through all his work.
He has a background in documentary film and radio, community arts, theatre, web development, music, set design and carpentry. 
He has managed creative education programmes, events and performances.

Henrik is one of our workshop leaders and a consultant on our learning resources. He is also the go to person when a professional filmmaker is needed 

To find out more about why we work with Henrik follow this link


Ali Vowles  - Broadcaster and presenter

Ali is running a series of Chat-Show style events called  'Incredible Harbour' on the MV Balmoral ship in Bristol's Heritage Harbour


We work with many freelancers, consultants and pro-bono support from skilled professionals

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