Our core team are Angelo, Steve and Kate, here’s a little bit about us:
Steve Threlfall is a designer of places, spaces and objects
Steve has trained in Architecture & Product Design (and Marine Civil Engineering) and has a passion for placing people at the centre of design process. With 20 years of experience to date, Steve is driven by ensuring our projects deliver positive change, be it profitability, well-being, delight, or preferably all 3!
Steve is also a visiting lecturer in Interior Design at the University of Chester and a founding member of the Friends of the Flyover
(Learning Programme Director)
Prior to working for 9 years as an inspirational Art, Design and Technology teacher, Angelo developed a rich and diverse identity as engineer and sculptor.
Formerly trained in nautical science and mechanical engineering in the Italian navy, Angelo subsequently moved towards an education in fine art, sculpture and new media. He has been the initiator of various collectives, from the Italian group ActionHour behind the renowned Jazz Club Praga Café in Bologna to the collective TheForeignOffice in London.
Angelo is passionate about learning, art, design and the power of culture to initiate change. With Urban Workbench, as well as leading our learning programme, he brings his skills as engineer and sculptor together, developing ridiculously clever and beautiful joints for our CNC manufacturing process!
(CEO We Make Place CIC)
Kate Stewart is a creative business practitioner with a wealth of experience in the design, regeneration & learning sectors. She is well known for her work supporting projects and people to create public spaces, buildings & community events, particularly in the city of Liverpool where she lives. She believes a stakeholder-led approach to projects is essential for sustainable outcomes.
All of Kate’s work is about the right partnerships & collaborations with other creatives, individuals & businesses with different skills. She has a background in theatre, business planning and project management and sector specific business support for the creative sector, she also runs a small Jewellery brand – Factory Floor Jewels, in homage to her time spent in her dad’s engineering workshop as a child.
In 2016 her collaborative social engagement piece Rio Visivel: Podio was commissioned by Multiplicidade Festival in Rio de Janeiro
As one of the founders of Friends of the Flyover, Kate successfully led their crowdfunding campaign for feasibility funds and now as CEO of the social enterprise We Make Places, she is leading the creative, community and learning programmes on The Flyover Liverpool
Kate was the Artistic Director of the ambitious Flyover Takeover 2016 project, closing the Flyover to traffic on 6 Sundays throughout the summer and filling it with workshops, performances, commissions and events. Kate has recently been successful in gaining BBC Children in Need funding to involve young people with mental health problems in collaborations with artists to co-curate some of the Flyover’s cultural programme over the next 3 years.
Kate has been selected to join the 3 year Creative Producers International programme run by Watershed and the British Council. She is a Fellow of the RSA.