The TMS Team
We're a small but dedicated team of practicing creatives. All members of the team work part time to run the School, its postgraduate courses, studios, facilities, events, exhibitions and workshops. Explore this page to find out more about our staff and their practices, and get in touch with us if you want to chat.
Over 25 years of experience in education, developing entrepreneurship programmes for students and adult learners in the community and the creative sector. Former member of the Board of Governors at the University for the Creative Arts and Assistant Director for Research of the University for the Creative Arts. Before then Assistant Director of the Centre for Enterprise and Business Development and Director of e-Novate Consultancy Ltd. Initiator and founding member, Director and Board Director of The Margate School.
Katie Blythe (she/her) is a Ramsgate-based artist and researcher with a background in community engagement and arts outreach across the Thanet area. Due to her own history of disability and economic disenfranchisement, she is particularly interested in connecting with and increasing the creative participation of hard-to-reach and disadvantaged people.
As an artist, Katie mainly dabbles in green working – particularly spoon carving – and stone carving. She has no particular artistic philosophy beyond crafting things for the sheer joy of it.
FabLab & Knowledge Exchange Manager
Ruyin is an Iranian visual artist and curator based in Ramsgate. His works involve installation, text and sound. With a BA and MA from the Slade School of Fine Art, he is currently a researcher at Azad Gallery, Tehran as well as a founding member of the artistic collective Bambi Woods, Space 52 and Ergo Space, Athens. Ruyin has produced and co-curated exhibitions at other organisations including Artangel, British Council, Brunei Gallery SOAS, The Long Player Trust and sans titre.
Dominic Rose is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Margate. Using Photography and a range of found materials, he focuses on the interaction between humans and the environment, order and chaos, the sublime and the mundane. Particularly interested in the politics around resources and consumerism, his work illustrates the tension between our growing demand for resources and the interplay with the natural world
Events & Exhibitions Manager
Lisa has an MA in Fine Art and is primarily a landscape painter. Her subject is the interplay between the interior and the exterior world, this led her to complete a second Master’s degree in Myth Cosmology and the Sacred, fostering a deep and continuing interest in the human condition which is expressed in her paintings. She has a background in arts administration.
Marketing & Communications
With a career spent in studio, gallery, film and festival management in Margate, the UK and Internationally, Jenny brings her experience to The Margate School.
Using skills learnt in these fields and her own business producing and selling tableware, she is a key communicator within the team. If asked, she would say that her Super Power is making connections.
Ed studied Computer Science at the University of Kent including a year in
industry at Intel in the Engineering Computing department. Following this he returned to Intel as a graduate working in Shannon, Ireland. He has since returned to the UK and is involved in a number of local community projects including supporting IT at The Margate School.
Policy and Funding Advice Volunteer
Geoff is the Secretary of the Margate Civic Society and a trustee of Monkton
Nature Reserve. His earlier career was in book publishing and he spent 30
years of undetected crime at the Ministry of Justice, He worked with the TMS Director on the original Margate Economic Plan for the Coastal Community Fund application and continues to seek out funding possibilities and events as
well as providing some stewarding when required. He sees TMS as having enormous potential for de-ghosting the High Street, supporting our growing creative community and contributing to easing community problems - notably in providing skills for employment