Creative Hive Team

The team is composed of members of Creative Hive that lend their extensive experience to help and support the Creative Hive community and its live events.

ALEX FENTONAlex founded and built Creative Hive in May 2010 and has a BSc in Electronic Imaging and Media Communications and an MA in Creative Technology. Aside from Creative Hive, he also runs a media and web development company called EDinteractive. Alex is interested in all aspects of creativity, with a particular fondness for online communities, technological creativity and research into these areas.

E: alex[at]
ANGELA TAITAngela is a sculptor from the North West of England and having recently completed her MA in contemporary fine art is now studying for a PGDE. Angela has a small pottery at home and brings a wealth of talent and experience to Creative Hive. Angela has another life as a Mum which runs roughly parallel with her artistic existance. Occasionally, when these worlds collide an artwork is created.

E: angela[at]
ANDY CUNNINGHAMAndy graduated from the University of Salford in 1999 with a BSc in Information Technology and runs a successful software company in central Manchester. Andy enjoys travel, technology, language and culture, space, music, photography and fun! Andy is an expert software developer with a passion and flair for photography.

E: andyc[at]
ANITA DRAPERAnita trained at Ripon College and MMU and is a very experienced teacher and keen artist. Anita loves being creative and enjoys exploring the possibilities of using different media. Anita has always admired the art in children’s books and draws inspiration from the way in which children pay attention to the pictures.

E: anita[at]
DANIELLE SMITHDanielle has a BA English and Creative Writing and is currently studying an MA in Creative Writing, Innovation and Experimentation. Danielle writes young adult fiction,short fiction, poetry and experimental texts. Danielle brings her considerable inspiration and talent to Creative Hive.

E: danielle[at]
COLLETTE COSTELLOCollette is a Salford born textiles and fashion designer. She graduated with an embroidery degree and has worked as an FE /HE lecturer. Collette won 1st prize in Salford Council Business start-up awards and currently runs a successful fashion company in Salford Quays. Collette brings significant experience and talent to the Creative Hive team.

E: collette[at]
DR. PAUL J. ABBOTTPaul is a composer, performer, sound designer, producer and electronica artist based in the North West of England. He is also a highly skilled vocalist and clarinetist and has performed and recorded throughout the UK. Paul brings considerable experience to the Creative Hive team in the field of audio creativity and live events.

E: paul[at]
DR. MAX PMax is involved with various aspects of music as a serious hobby and is currently expanding his range of classical clarinet duet repertoire for showcasing on Creative Hive.  Max helps out with Creative Hive as part of his wide range of hobbies. W: 
E: max[at]
NINA ELLISNina is a highly talented designer and academic from Manchester. She has a BA in Design Studies, an MA in Creative Technology and is currently a full time PhD candidate exploring the intersections between play and technology.

E: nina[at]