The Team

Our team is a collective with the shared values of building community, supporting people in vulnerable life moments, and strengthening the seams of community using textiles and craft. We believe in art and creativity have an essential role in health and wellbeing. We have a Board of Directors who look after the business and vision of the organisation in a voluntary capacity. We have an artistic team with a wealth of experience – in creating, co-creating, and facilitating – for both excellent artistic and community outcomes. We also have a community team who help us realise the potentials of our projects. Across our team we also nurture volunteers to help extend the reach of our work, and support as many people as possible.

Our team is made up of colleagues, not employees.

 Our Artistic Team


Catherine West

James Lake

Keir Cooper

Melinda Schwakhofer

Naomi Wright


Our Community Team

Gillian Taylor, Videography, Publicity



Our Board of DIRECTORS

(We are currently accepting Nominations  for additional members to the Board to support us in developing our next business plan – which will guide our activity over the next 3-5 years.)

David Floyd FRSA – Chair

David is Managing Director of Social Spider CIC. He supports, researches and writes about social enterprise and social innovation, specialising in social enterprise development and social investment. Social Spider is also known for its extensive work around mental health issues.


Catherine West FRSA

Catherine founded Significant Seams with an idea and her daughter’s buggy. Her determination to make Significant Seams a success, and the depth of her belief in each person in our community’s value, routinely inspire. She brings twenty years of professional experience in marketing and fundraising, with a particular focus on the creative industries and education. She also has extensive insight and experience in the arenas of health and well-being.


Cllr. Paul Douglas

Paul is a Labour Councillor in the London Borough of Waltham Forest and an experienced financial administrator.  He currently is overseeing the London Borough of Culture from his position in junior cabinet, in close association with the leader of the Borough. He has extensive governance experience in the third sector and local government, fantastic human insights honed in his time managing a Student Union bar, and possibly incongruously, inspirational organisational skills probably best appreciated when he worked at NatWest! He is also a cross-stitcher, and has appeared in Cross Stitcher magazine.


Keir Cooper

Keir is an artist and designer who has been instrumental in shaping the Significant Seams brand, and supporting artistic development.