Meet Our Team

The wild ones

We are a team of dedicated and entrepreneurial individuals, united by our passion for events, the arts and their impact.

Members of the team have wide-ranging career paths. This diverse experience brings with it an enviable black book of contacts, a wealth of knowledge, and a shared vision for creating public art events that everybody can get involved with.

We have coverage the length and breadth of the country with offices in the Peak District and in West Sussex, and an extensive network of freelancers across the UK and abroad. Wherever our events are hosted we endeavour to employ local specialists.

Charlie Langhorne

Charlie Langhorne

Managing Director and Co-founder

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Ben Reed

Ben Reed

Head of Creative Development

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Ruth McAlister

Ruth McAllister

Marketing Director

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Nick Byrne

Nick Byrne

Business Director

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Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey

Trail Director

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Annie Laughrin

Annie Laughrin

Art and Education Manager

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Julie Gaskell

Julie Gaskell

Head of Partnerships

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Kate O’Callaghan

Project Manager

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Michelle Turton

Michelle Turton

Digital Project Manager

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Rosie Walsh

Rosie Walsh

Content Marketing Executive

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Isy Langhorne

Isy Langhorne

Account Executive

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Cheryl Bannister

Finance and Executive Administrator

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Neil Cooney

Project Manager

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Charlie Langhorne

Managing Director and Co-founder

Charlie, a former sports executive and army officer, was at the forefront of taking exhibitions of cow sculptures to cities across Europe as Managing Director of CowParade. Before setting up Wild in Art with Sally-Ann Wilkinson he also developed a match-funding programme to encourage sponsorship of grass root level sport, and worked with the International Tennis Federation, Oxford and Cambridge Un
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Charlie Langhorne

Ben Reed

Head of Creative Development

A proud Mancunian with a talent for European languages, Ben delivered festivals, public art interventions, events, exhibitions and creative education projects throughout Europe before joining Wild in Art. This included Eurocultured Street Festival and working with funders from the EU, Arts Council England, embassies and numerous international brands. He brings to the team his vast experience worki
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Ben Reed

Ruth McAllister

Marketing Director

Ruth is a CIM-qualified marketer with a background in tourism, arts, cultural and sport event marketing, digital communications and stakeholder management. She has worked with major event partners including the BBC, Sky, British Cycling and UEFA to develop and implement multi-channel marketing campaigns for events including: BBC Proms in the Park, the Great Manchester Run, Skyride, the Sport Relie
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Ruth McAlister

Nick Byrne

Business Director

A qualified Chartered Management Accountant with CIMA, Nick brings with him experience from large PLC organisations working in the contracting service sector. He’s passionate about applying his knowledge to help small businesses realise their ambitions and aspirations. He works across the whole of Wild in Art, leading our finance function and advising all of the team (and always with a smile!).
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Nick Byrne

Sarah Harvey

Trail Director

After an apprenticeship with John Lewis, Sarah proceeded to work in the fast-moving travel and media industry with Disney and First Choice and then Newsquest, developing her sales, promotions and event management experience. Following a move to the charity sector she managed two major initiatives for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, and most recently for Martlets Hospice in her hometown o
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Sarah Harvey

Annie Laughrin

Art and Education Manager

Annie divides her time at Wild in Art supporting our event partners in realising their Learning, Arts and Community Programmes, as well as developing our own education products and services. She also project manages some of our own bespoke events; commissioning artists and curating events and installations. It’s not unusual to find her in the painting space with a coffee in one hand, mobile phon
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Annie Laughrin

Julie Gaskell

Head of Partnerships

Julie is our sponsorship specialist, helping our event partners with the tools for their sponsorship drive. Her former roles have included Head of Corporate PR for United Utilities and Head of Communications for Stobart Group. In 2011, she led the return of Widnes Vikings into Super League as its CEO and subsequently lectured at Liverpool John Moores University on sports management. She headed up
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Julie Gaskell

Kate O’Callaghan

Project Manager

After graduating in Film and Television Studies at The University of Nottingham, Kate joined the BBC’s Learning Team organising a national programme of events in conjunction with Countryfile and Springwatch, which encouraged people to engage with nature and be more active. While living down under she worked in the Events team at Melbourne Arts Centre. Kate leads on all of our licensed char
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Michelle Turton

Digital Project Manager

Michelle is a CIM-qualified Digital Marketer having worked in marketing and communications on both agency and client sides. As a freelancer at Wild in Art, she is charged with digital project management and is responsible for the delivery of our websites and apps for event partners. An illustrator specialising in portrait, travel and lifestyle illustration, her work has been exhibited internationa
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Michelle Turton

Rosie Walsh

Content Marketing Executive

Rosie graduated in Psychology from the University of Liverpool and worked as a specialist coffee barista before studying for qualifications in digital marketing. In her spare time, she also created content for her Etsy business selling handmade woven art for several years before joining us. Rosie is behind all things content at Wild in Art, from our socials to our website and newsletters, as well
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Rosie Walsh

Isy Langhorne

Account Executive

Isy graduated in Psychology from the University of Kent and followed her interest in Neuroscience through a master’s degree. Isy pursued her wish to work in a fun and rewarding role. Working at Wild in Art allows her to make a difference, helping to raise vital funds for our amazing charity partners whilst also being creative and doing something new every day. As an account executive, Isy works
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Isy Langhorne

Cheryl Bannister

Finance and Executive Administrator

A professional member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, Cheryl brings her number crunching skills and passion for all things creative to Wild in Art. After studying photography at university, she retrained, qualifying in Advanced Bookkeeping and Accounts to hone her skills at a builder’s merchants. Outside of work she enjoys building Lego creations and bug hotels with her son. She also
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Neil Cooney

Project Manager

Neil is a placemaking consultant based in Scotland’s cultural heartland, Dundee. Involved in the inception of V&A Dundee and Dundee’s Capital of Culture bids, he is part of Dundee’s UNESCO City of Design team supporting their activity in the city and beyond. With experience delivering a wide range of cultural projects, bids and events, Neil has a specific knowledge of community engagemen
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