Who we are: meet the team page

Meet the team

We The Curious is all about people, find out a bit more about the passionate professionals who make up our Leadership team...

 


 

 

The team

Lydia Ladbrooke

Lydia Ladbrooke

Head of Operations

A bit about me...
With a background in independent retail, I joined what was At-Bristol in 2000 as one of the Visitor Services team. 18 years and 2 children later I’m still part of an exciting adventure and looking forward to the next steps in building a culture of curiosity.

Best Thing about working in We The Curious
I love that We The Curious is a charity, and everything we do is around positive change. We have big ambitions, and a passionate team of people to drive us forwards.

Image credit: Ailsa Fineron

Simon Ridge

Simon Ridge

Head of Estates

A bit about me...
I began my working life in the hospitality industry in New York but after spilling soup on a now current world leader I decided it probably wasn’t the career path for me. Subsequently I followed my dreams and ended up touring the world in the music industry.

The world of Estates Management seemed to find me and I spent a number of years in Student Accommodation across the UK.

On joining We The Curious I knew I’d found a fantastic place when in my first staff meeting there was a dragon breathing fire and lasers, I felt instantly at home. I get a great buzz in knowing that the diverse, often unseen, and sometimes curious work myself and my great team deliver 24/7, has a huge impact in enabling everyone to work, visit, and enjoy their time in We The Curious and its outdoor spaces. Being the custodian of such a large Estate is a real honour.

Best thing about working in We The Curious?
It’s cliched I know but hand on heart, the people. The passion everyone has that works here is truly something special.

Image credit: Ailsa Fineron

Rosalie White

Rosalie White

Head of Programming

A bit about me...
Before joining We The Curious in 2017 I was a Creative Producer for ten years, working with independent artists and arts organisations across disciplines including live art, contemporary dance, festivals and theatre. I developed commissions that have toured nationally and internationally and worked as a Producer at The Place, Battersea Arts Centre and LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre). For most of my life I’ve felt like science ‘isn’t for me’ and while I may have come round to some of its joys, I still try to think carefully about those who may feel excluded from the work that we do and how I can change that.

Best thing about working in We The Curious? 

Being part of an organisation that is going through such an exciting period of change. It feels like a momentous time of reinvention, and I’m so glad I get to be part of that.

 

Image credit: Lisa Whiting

Josie Forsyth

Josie Forsyth

Head of Development

A bit about me...
Coming soon. 

 

Image: Lisa Whiting 

 

Nicole Bullock

Nicole Bullock

Head of Audience

Helen Huertas

Helen Huertas

Head of Projects

A bit about me ... 

Coming soon 

 

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Donna Speed

Donna Speed

Chief Executive Officer

A bit about me...

I joined At-Bristol when we opened in 2000 and had previously worked in Leisure Management at Alton Towers. I am responsible for the commercial success as well as the smooth and safe operation of We The Curious; to ensure we can continue the wonderful work inspiring our visitors and clients. I oversee the Marketing, Visitor Services, Retail, Venue Hire and Estates teams.
 

Best thing about working in We The Curious?

Not a precise moment but many moments every day of being very proud of where I work and who I work with.