Who We Are

Eleanor Shaw

Artistic Director

I have worked in education and community arts for the last 20 years. Founder and host of Spoken Word Saturday, co-hosts Swansea Storytelling SpeakEasy and Artistic Director/Creator of PeopleSpeakUp, a newly formed social arts & well-being enterprise based at The Ffwrnes Fach, Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli that connects communities through storytelling, spoken word, creative writing and the Participatory arts. My passion is telling my story and helping others to tell theirs!

Ali Franks

Chair - Board of Directors

Ali has over fifteen years' experience as an applied drama practitioner in Wales, working in a wide range of and settings including schools, community settings, PRUs, youth groups, homeless hostels, women's refuge, secure units, YOS and working with asylum seekers and refugees. She specialises in using drama as a tool for personal development and emotional health with young people and vulnerable or marginalised adults.

Ali is now the lead lecturer of BA (Hons) Applied Drama at UWTSD Swansea College of Art and Chair of the Board of Directors for PeopleSpeakUp

Mark Montinaro

Board of Director

Mark originally trained as a classical actor and has done just about everything from west end to street theatre and performance art. Nowadays he lives in the township of Laugharne in Carmarthenshire and divides work between his twin passions of gardening and performing. He is a regular feature on the West Wales spoken word scene and a keen supporter of the aims and objectives of PeopleSpeakUp within the community.

Summar Ackery

Board of Director

Summar is an agency support worker, working in many projects around Carmarthenshire. ' I do this job because I want to help those who need it most, I'm on the board of PSU because I love the community involvement that has and will come from this project. I strongly believe that any form of creative outlet can be tremendously healing for all ages and backgrounds.'

Kate Williams

Kate originally trained as a musician playing clarinet, saxophone and piano, although nowadays tends to stick to teaching herself the ukulele.

Having worked in the arts for 20 years Kate has moved round the UK working in a number of venues as a programmer, commercial and sales manager, run a rural touring scheme and is now the General Manager for Neath based Theatr Na Nog.

In her spare time she is a reiki practitioner and particularly enjoys treating animals.


Alun Gibbard

Welsh Language & Media consultant

Alun Gibbard is an award winning broadcaster and author. He has published 31 books to date, mostly non-fiction, but also one novel. Worked in Broadcasting, lives in llanelli, has a passion for the welsh language and is working towards a bilingual Wales.

Carole Ann Smith

Board of Director

Carole Ann writes short stories and poetry, and also articles on local history. She has had work published in a number of literary journals and magazines. She is the founding secretary of Llanelli Writers' Circle and was appointed editor of the annual periodical Amrywiaeth Llanelli Miscellany, in 2011, by the Llanelli Branch of the WEA (Affiliate of Addysg Oedolion Cymru / Adult Learning Wales). As an amateur photographer she also loves to combine words with pictures.

She's retired, after twenty-five years as a part-time supervisory assistant in a primary school, is widowed, and has a son and a daughter and three grandchildren.


David Pitt

Associate Artist

David Pitt is a sound artist, musician, maker and storyteller living in Swansea and currently working as a creative practitioner for ACW Lead Creative Schools.

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