The Team

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Gary Pate

A longstanding Youth and Community Worker, who has many years’ experience working with hard to reach young people and disadvantaged client groups. For much of his career, he has worked in the public sector as a Senior Manager in Youth and Community service provision. However, he understands that the greatest rewards are achieved when working directly with service-users. His passion and flair for the urban arts also makes him the creative brains of the Uthink operation. A graffiti artist, photographer, body painter and light painter, he is well suited to heading up Uthink’s urban arts and creative projects on the ground whilst his extensive senior management experience enables him to make strategic decisions and pave the way for Uthink’s Specialised Supported Housing projects......

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James Murphy

An experienced mental health care professional with strong leadership and relationship-building skills. Meticulous risk management, excellent at juggling multiple tasks and working under pressure. James has broad industry experience that includes Healthcare, Mental Health support and Challenging behaviour. I am  highly motivated to deliver the best possible service to my clients. Recognised for assessing operational needs in service and developing solutions to save costs, improve revenues and advance future client base. Working tirelessly to improve clients quality of life by reevaluating and driving person centred goals of support. Resourceful and well-organised with excellent team building record.

Michelle Hegarty

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Rebecca Louise Pate 

Gail Pugh

Debbie Johnston

Sharon Rankin

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Sie Daly

A self-taught graffiti artist and has been painting graffiti for over 10 years. Sie now owns and runs a successful graffiti company which allows him to travel and paint commissions for different people and companies including: bedrooms,. vehicles, gyms, bars, restaurants and everything in-between. Sie works alongside Gary and other creatives to provide workshops which enable young people to put their creative ideas together and learn new skills whilst expressing themselves as an individual.

Sie has a strong passion for all things creative and has been sub merged within the Hip-Hop life style from a very young age. Alongside the graffiti, he has participated and competed in break dance competitions and has even taught his own classes to young children from different areas. Sie has a love for everything creative and tries his hand at a number of different things alongside his profession such as Graphic Design, Photography and videography.

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Lauren Simpkin

Lauren is the our film maker. From as young as six years old Lauren was captivated by video cameras, spending hours filming her own short films and music video spoofs. Her passion for video production grew as she went on to study media and film production at
A-Level, before completing a degree at Edge Hill University.
Lauren is currently working as a freelance video specialist having worked for the BBC and ITV on a variety of programs, working both in the studios and on location, on pre-recorded shows as well as operating studio cameras during live news broadcasts.
Lauren has a particular interest in journalism, blogging, video marketing and music video production. She has produced many promotional videos for local companies and organisations and has shot and edited music videos for local bands. Lauren has acquired a variety of skills so she is fully qualified to produce short films, from the script writing, production management, camera operating, lighting, sound recording and editing.