CQ Staff


Jane Brown

Jane Brown
Business Engagement Manager

Before joining the CQ, Jane was the Manager of the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership at the University of Nottingham, a consortium of six universities across the Midlands. Prior to that, Jane worked as Project Manager at an economic development consultancy specialising in the creative economy, and spent eight years at Arts Council England as a senior manager. Jane’s role at the Creative Quarter is to help businesses start-up and grow.

Email jane@creativequarter.com



Lauren Lynch
Marketing & Communications Assistant

Lauren studied towards gaining her qualifications in Art and Design, Drama and Fashion and Design as she has a great interest in the creative subjects. After leaving school she went on to further her knowledge in Performing Arts, studying Acting at NCN Clarendon college for 3 years. Also while studying at college she attended The Nottingham Youth Theatre. After leaving college she went on to work with Nottingham City Council in the Short Breaks Team as a Link Worker, working alongside children with learning disabilities. Lauren did this while also working in retail to gain experience in different work environments. She then went back to her Fashion roots by working as a Cutting Room Assistant making luxurious dressing gowns for The Daniel Hanson Partnership. After that Lauren then went on to a different career path, expanding her horizons within the Marketing industry working on social media projects. She has now joined the CQ team as our Marketing and Communications Assistant.

Email lauren@creativequarter.com



Cathy Mahmood
Creative Nottingham North Coordinator

Cathy’s first job in the arts was working for Birmingham City Council as the Administrator for a £1.7m new work festival to celebrate the turn of the millennium.

She then took up the post of General Manager for New Perspectives Theatre Company; at that time delivering participatory arts projects in Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire as well as producing and touring three new productions a year.  Managing the Old Library in Mansfield as a venue for exhibitions, workshops and performances she was surrounded by wonderful artists, actors, designers and directors who all believed in the power of art to transform lives and engage communities.

Cathy’s six years with New Perspectives were followed by a unique post within NHS Nottinghamshire – advocating for the role of the arts to improve health environments; to engage public, staff and patients through creative consultation and to work alongside the architectural design teams for new NHS buildings. She led the recruitment for a Lead Artist for Bulwell’s new £22m Joint Service Centre and gained funding for two artists residencies for local health centres in the county.

Cathy has worked as a freelance arts coordinator for the last 5 years – in arts and health as well as youth and community settings.  Most recently she has been working at The Greenway Centre in Sneinton as their Youth Arts Coordinator and developing her Graphic Design portfolio.