Meet the Team

DirectorSMALLER HANDS

Jessica Boatright

Trustees

Aisling Wootten (Chair)
Andy Thompson (Vice Chair)
Rachael Weld (Treasurer)
Keri Wakeham (Secretary)
Alya Din
Laura Etherington
Megan Ruddlesden

Biographies

Jessica Boatright
Jessica is a graduate from the University of Kent with a Masters in Drama, specialising in Applied Performance. Before Ingeenium she managed a large number of community art projects, including being Artistic Director of Stage Spiders, and has provided numerous workshops for young people with additional needs. Jessica is a Stage Manager and has worked on a wide range of shows around the UK and USA. She additionally works as a Data Systems Administrator in a Secondary School and enjoys spending her spare time singing, writing and playing the ukulele! She is particularly interested in inclusive practice in the arts and community projects that promote happiness.

Aisling Wootten
Aisling is Head of Communications and Engagement at University of the Arts and LSE Students Unions.  She has been involved in a number of participatory arts projects including Lips Choir which she has co-managed for the past 5 years.  Lips is an all-woman non-auditioned choir which supports Women Asylum Seekers Together.  They have been performing original arrangements of dance, disco and garage since 2009.  In her spare time Aisling is a super keen runner and cyclist.

Andy Thompson
Andy is a Senior Project Manager for Vox Pops International, a global video production agency, producing films for marketing and insight with big businesses. Andy also has experience as a theatre producer with Risking Enchantment and Dirty Market Theatre in Co-production with Ovalhouse, as well as previously working in applied theatre with children, tSNP young people and older individuals.

Rachael Weld
Biography coming soon!

Alya Din
Whilst helping to run the Buzz Project for Plush Media at the Roundhouse, Alya became involved in Dogfish Solutions – one of the pioneers of ‘guerilla’ marketing.  During her time there she worked on a number of campaigns for brands such as Levi’s, Adidas, Birkenstock and P&O Ferries. Her interest in young people focused projects led her to became involved  in the Festival Of Youth Arts and then later moving on to become a Project Co-ordinator for APE Media. She took a break to run a small but busy coffee shop with her sister and now divides her time between working for a School Improvement Headteacher and film and creative projects. She is proud to be a trustee for Ingeenium as she supports their pledge to make the arts more accessible to all sections of the community.

Keri Wakeham
Keri is a teaching assistant in East London and met Ingeenium’s director,  Jessica, through a mutual love of singing (they are both members of a community choir)! Having graduated from the University of Wales, Newport, Keri moved to London in 2011. She began her Ingeenium journey by volunteering at the Story Painters Craft Club and has never looked back! Keri has a background in design and worked for numerous fashion companies before changing career and moving into the education sector.

Laura Etherington
After completing a Masters in Applied Drama Laura has facilitated a number of workshops for different organisations, notably working on creating workshops for children with additional needs. Laura has worked intensively in researching Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and continues her academic studies at PhD level. Currently Laura is involved in analytical research measuring impact, sustainability and transparency. Previously, she has also completed an internship with the arts organisation People United, working on various projects with the aim of spreading kindness.

Megan Ruddlesden
Megan graduated in Drama and theatre studies from the University of Kent in 2011. Far more inspired by the volunteer projects she was involved with while at University than by her degree, Megan has worked as a fundraiser in the Third Sector since graduating. Working with the local community to fundraise in Somerset for the British Red Cross, and working in the events team at the MS Society has led to a passion for fundraising. Megan has successfully completed a professional qualification with the Institute of Fundraising which she hopes to use to inform and develop Ingeenium’s income streams. In her spare time Megan loves picnics in the sunshine and debating books at her bookclub.