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Meet The Team

Giles Tofield

Giles has a track record of scoping, funding and delivering a range of projects across different sectors including culture/art and heritage, regeneration and economic development and education.

He knows his stuff with over 20 years' experience working across the public and not-for-profit sectors, supporting local authorities, charities and local groups develop their projects and secure funding.

He is passionate about helping to mobilise local communities to take forward important projects which will benefit the local economy. He also works with academics through the Cultural Engine Research Group which organises debates and workshops in public spaces, using critical theory to address and better understand local challenges.

Where would you have found Giles in the Medieval market place? 'I'd have been a purveyor of excellent cider, beer, mead and preserved fruits and would have taken a keen interest in the quality of the produce of others!'

Lewis Thorn

Lewis is our music man! Having spent his career touring the world with artists, he saw that put on hold when Covid-19 struck in March. He has used this time to focus on things he is passionate about closer to home, which saw him join the Free Market Radicals team where he can help with all kinds of event production.

He is a founder of Hundred Others - a new CIC which aims to create opportunties for the public to engage with arts, culture, heritage and their environment.

Lewis is also a volunteer for Trust Links and he has taken the Mental Health First Aid qualification which allows him to support others on their Befriending programme.

Where would you have found Lewis in the medieval market place? 'well I'd have to be an entertainer, maybe a strolling minstrel!'

Sean Mcloughlin

Sean has spent the last 16 year planning and running creative projects for communites. This included being Director of Southend's largest music and arts festival VIllage Green. He understands the challenges and opportuntities that come with local events and can support groups with his knowledge and insight.

Sean is the vice chair of Essex Culture Diversity Project. He believes that everyone should have access to the same opportunities. He enjoys mentoring individuals and organisations supporting networking, funding and sponsorship.

He is a co-founder of Hundred Others CIC alongside Lewis - a new CIC which aims to create opportunties for the public to engage with arts, culture, heritage and their environment.

Where would you have found Sean in the medieval marketplace? 'I'd be running the touring stage and challenging the local sheriff about helath and safety!' 

Katie Sogorski

A Northerner in Essex, Katie decided to use her 15 years in PR for some of the UKs biggest brands to support small businesses with their marketing.

She uses part of her time in a voluntary role, as part of a business group in Leigh-on-Sea. The group act as a mouthpiece for local businesses; securing funding, getting answers to questions from the council and helping promote all the town has to offer.

Where would you have found Katie in the medieval market place? 'I'd like to say I'd be a juggler but I struggle to catch one ball, never mind three - So I'd probably be the one being dunked in the marketplace for having far too much to say!

Clare Diver
Clare Diver

With a degree in Archaeology, Ancient
History and Classics, Clare is our history buff and researcher. She will be looking at the history of places from past to present and identifying groups and organisations who can lend opinions and give ideas on the future vision of their town or village.

Clare has worked for Southend Adult community College with adults with a learning or physical disability. During that time she ran and produced the annual college show with over a hundred people involved for 10 years. She also worked for Emerge arts as a drama teacher, producing and directing shows and events.

Clare loves being outdoors and enjoys painting, swimming, walking ,gardening and visiting National Trust and English Heritage venues.

Where would you have found Clare in the medieval market place? 'With my background as a drama teacher and experience in producing shows, I'd have to be a dancer entertaining the crowds in the market square!'

Peter Vadden

Peter is one of the most experienced Heritage sector Project Managers in the East of England. Starting off his career in a small private businesses he then moved to the public sector where one of those roles was at Southend Borough Council where he ran Cultural Services including Museums, Libraries, Parks and Ground Maintenances, Theatres, Leisure Centres and major cultural projects and events.

Peter understands the fundamentals important to any sized business including auditing, procurement, staff management, governance and project management - key when working with lots of different voices and decisions markets, as will often be the case during projects with Free Market Radicals. He'll be able to support FMR in projects from planning stage all the way through to delivery.

Since 2013 Peter has led a number of high-profile Heritage projects through his role at The Cultural Engine where he works with Giles. This includes multi-million pound projects for Bawdsey Radar and St. Peter's in the Forest.

Where would you have found Peter in the medieval market place? 'I'd have been the man all market traders turned to for financial, insurance and legal issues. So some kind of Guild Master!'


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