Meet the team
The people that make it all possible
Founder, Writer, Consultant, Artist & ACT Ambassador
Culture crazy with a championing cheerleading ferocity for Beeston. For 40 years Marysia has worked in PR, Marketing, Promotions, Customer Service and Event Management in the hotel, travel, hospitality industry as well as the public and private sectors.
"Heritage Tourism and Arts Promotions are my passions."
Writer and photographer
Janine Moore is a born and bred Beeston resident. She is a writer, blogger, photographer and explorer who likes to write about her travel experiences, reviews on accommodation and products, art, photography, wellbeing, recipes, gardening, her family life and pets, and so much more. Her written and photography work is currently published on the Bald hiker website and Art Culture Tourism website and has been shared worldwide.
Great thanks to our ACT volunteers Inna Schutts and Dawn Lindson who started with ACT in January 2019 (at the same time as our four NTU undergraduates starting their 6 week ‘community’ volunteering). Inna focused on photography covering our Cultures Crossing events and photographing Marysia’s garden for a video 2020, as well as writing content and contributing/participating in ACT podcasts. She left 2021 to take up a company research role but continues with her freelance photography and travel blog.
Dawn focused on digital marketing, website updates, our Cultures Crossing events and contributing/participating in ACT podcasts, and left 2022 to take on several digital marketing roles, now taking a degree in psychology and mental health at Nottingham Trent Univ to add to her counselling qualifications. Every good luck to Inna and Dawn in their careers!
Mandy Jayne-Ahlfors, award-winning Derbyshire artist, joined us in 2021 as digital marketing / social media volunteer, especially during Year of the Roses initiative, for our media platforms, and started/maintained our instagram account. You did a grand job Mandy and we’re very grateful for all your valuable input and advice. Art by Mandy
We thank Yasmin Tiua for her great contribution to ACT as our Volunteer Digital/Creative Researcher. She has now moved on to a full time position as Junior Producer for a film production company in Leicester.
Much appreciated contribution by our Kickstart part-time employee Fern-Louise
Sutton within the field of digital research. We are happy that she has now moved on to a full time position in London.
Fon Steele was our second valued kickstart employee who left at the end of July.
In June, ACT had tremendous Grads4Nottm challenge team support from Nottingham Trent University graduates for two weeks - Sophie Roger, Suzanne Ager, Ben Fong, Anthea Ibi-Oyibodudu, Sandra Fajuyigbe - during which time they created a range of merchandise, design development, packaging and pricing; aided in the launch of the e-online shop (legal considerations and shipping), and aided in the development of artist and business partnerships.
In June, ACT welcomed 5 MSc students from Nottingham Business School (Nottingham Trent Univ) for six weeks - Shams Adam, Stephen Gray, Keith Chatsika, Ian Mitchell & Nakuul Bharadwaj for their Project Study Experience on the Ghost Bus project. The Ghost Bus (short films) project exhibits the power of combining visual and musical arts and teaches people to see beyond the “ordinary”. It is educational and environmental as it encourages us to take the time to discover the stories our environment can tell us regarding climate change
and its effects. Their aim was to commercialise the Ghost Bus film by getting sponsorship to show it digitally in 4 African countries to the highest audience possible, while also establishing the viability and business risks associated with entering the international markets of Ghana, Angola, Rwanda and South Africa. They were awarded a High Distinction for their work 22nd July.
In September Art Culture Tourism was established as a Community Interest Company with a team of Non-Executive Directors.
In January, four Nottingham Trent University 2nd year undergraduates joined ACT until April as volunteers to assist in our monthly Cultures Crossing events and were trained in writing press releases and blogging. At the same time Dawn Lindson and Inna Schutts joined as ACT volunteers.
Our Chairman 2014-2016
Paul Boyd – Educator, Photographer & Dept for Education Consultant (Engineering & Design Technology) - continues his company Boyd Education with his wife Julie.
2013 - 2014
Founder and CEO Marysia Zipser worked closely with Shalen Fu, volunteer ACT Assistant. Shalen Fu was a University of Nottingham/Ningbo, an international exchange student of Journalism & Communications. She is currently studying for her PhD Chinese Cultures in London 2019-2021.
Mikael is a part of the digital revolution of the art world. He has helped galleries and artists with website building, digital marketing, social media presence, online brand building, video creation and much more. Mikael came on board in 2021 and has helped ACT go even further in their digital reach by focusing on design, communication, and analysis.
We are inviting applications from students and volunteers to help us with our blog, website, podcasts and events in exchange for mentoring opportunities with Marysia.
Interested? please get in touch!
"Honest and expert diplomatic communication opens all gateways - whatever your quest or mission"
- Marysia Zipser 1998