Meet The Team 2017-08-07T12:46:24+01:00
Jane CrawfordManaging Director
Jane founded Daisy Arts in 2003. She grew up in Shildon, was educated in Hertfordshire, and studied Fine Art and Graphic Design in both Hartlepool and Carlisle before training as an actress in Guildford. As an actress, Jane has performed with local northern-based touring theatre companies, Blaize, Jack Drum Theatre Company, Northern Line Theatre Company, and most recently, Little Cog Theatre Company.

As a highly regarded arts facilitator, Jane’s freelance career began in 1997 and since then her work has crossed many mediums: theatre/drama, art, graphic design, film/video/photography work, creative writing, installation design and exhibitions and programming, working both in the UK and abroad.

Jane is lead in maintaining and developing the creative community projects that Daisy Arts provide and is responsible for the overall management of the organization, looking after the programming and design of much of the work that is either commissioned, self-generated or developed collaboratively with partners.

Janet GeogheganDirector
Janet grew up in Bishop Auckland and Shildon and has made her home in Billingham with her husband. She has four grown-up children. Her first job was in banking and then she trained as a nurse, working for the NHS in Teesside for many years. When her children attended secondary school she became a teaching assistant, supporting pupils through their GCSE’s, a role she enjoyed doing for over 12 years.

Daisy Arts has played quite a significant part in Janet’s life. Being Jane’s sister she has witnessed it all… the ideas, passion, determination, the joys and the struggles, all that comes from working in the arts and cultural sector.

Now retired and pursuing diverse creative projects herself, Janet provides support for many of Daisy Arts activities, sharing her vast knowledge and experience.

Shelley Hunt Director
Shelley grew up in Shildon and now lives with her family in Bishop Auckland. She worked for over 14 years as a Play worker and Youth worker, running thousands of sessions, with an excellent team, in local community centres and after schools clubs.

In 2004 Jane popped her head into the AYCC, a community centre in Bishop Auckland, to ask for youth work support for the youth theatre she was running and Shelley was the only one in… and the rest, as they say, is history! From then until now Shelley has helped to develop and facilitate many projects for Daisy Arts, both theatre-based and craft-based.

Although not able to work herself, Shelley is as supportive as ever of the work that Daisy Arts produces. She is an unfaltering advocate of the Arts, strongly believing that it is the backbone in helping to bring people together, offering opportunities to help build confidences and show those of all ages what can be achieved both personally and collaboratively.