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 Senior Lecturer in Interior Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, Creative Director of design practice different 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!

Alongside his work here, Angelo is currently studying for an MA in Fine Art


(CEO We Make Places 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. She is the curator of The Maverick City symposium

Kate has been selected to join the 3 year Creative Producers International programme run by Watershed and the British Council, an opportunity that has seen her work on projects in Tokyo and Durban.  She is a Fellow of the RSA.