Who Are We?

“Creative People and Places funding is very special in that it engages members of public in shaping their own arts and cultural provision. It’s not about taking art and culture to people, it’s about encouraging and enabling people to celebrate the arts and culture in their communities and giving them amazing opportunities to work with professional artists from Bradford and beyond to make extraordinary things happen.”

by Julia Skelton, Executive Director of Mind the Gap theatre company, part of THE LEAP consortium

The Leap - The Team

Director: Zulfiqar Ahmed


Admin Manager: Wendy Greenwood


Community Development Managers:

Celia Hickson: celia@theleapbradford.co.uk

France-Leigh Hadrysiak: france-leigh@theleapbradford.co.uk

Shazia Khadim: shazia@theleapbradford.co.uk

Creative Producer: Phil Hargreaves


The Leap Consortium

Born in Bradford, Tracy Watson

BiB is one of the largest birth cohort research studies in the world, tracking the lives of over 30,000 Bradfordians to find out what influences the health and wellbeing of families. We use our findings to develop new and practical ways to work with families and health professionals to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. The Born in Bradford project is hosted by the Bradford Institute of Health Research which is located at the Bradford Royal Infirmary, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Creative People and Places (CPP) is a particularly strong strategic fit with our activities. We work in partnerships to improve life chances of Bradfordians and to understand and share the impact of different interventions. This includes being the Innovation and Evaluation Hub for Better Start Bradford a £50m BIG Lottery initiative to improve health and wellbeing for pregnant women and 0-to-3-years-olds. BiB is also trusted as the lead organisation with £9m of Sport England funds to be a Local Delivery Pilot for national action research in health and physical activity and is appointing the delivery team for that work currently.



Bradford Eid Festival, Habib Khan and Mohammed Atique

Bradford Eid Festival started in Bradford Moor by young local community leaders and businessmen to fill a gap in celebration of one of the populations’ key annual moments. Its organisers have grown Eid to attract 36,000 visitors whilst still being a volunteer led event. On a personal level, Habib Khan brings significant relevant skills and experience to the Consortium through work in community development in Leeds and as corporate fundraiser for Islamic Relief. Mohammed Atique, the chair of the Festival, is a designer and entrepreneurial businessman, representative of the future of the city.


Mind the Gap, Julia Skelton

Mind the Gap is one of Europe’s leading learning disability theatre companies rooted in Manningham Bradford and working in partnership with learning-disabled artists to deliver a bold, cutting-edge and world-class artistic programme that impacts locally, nationally and internationally. By ‘theatre’ they don’t just mean shows that you can see in arts and theatre venues, but also performances and events in different spaces and places. To advance its vision to create equal opportunities and meaningful work opportunities for learning disabled artists, the company supports individual artists to develop their own ideas and projects.


Keighley Association for Women and Children Centre, Naz Kazmi

Established 34 years ago in response to high levels of social isolation amongst Asian women, KAWACC is a needs-driven organisation which advocates with and for vulnerable and disadvantaged women and young people. It plays an important anchor role in providing a place to meet and hold social, cultural and educational activities for all ages, and enable the creation of social capital. Run by women and young people and with an active volunteer team, its users mainly come from the town’s urban core, many are of Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds, but this is now diversifying with Eastern and Central European and African migration.


Royds Community Association, Tony Dylak

Royds is a charity formed in 1994 to help revitalise the villages of Buttershaw, Woodside and Delph Hill in South West Bradford, securing £31m SRB funding. The local community were vital in making the plans, which saw hundreds of houses built and renovated. Royds has also helped thousands of people to get into training, find jobs and live healthier lives. The project is a nationally recognised example of how community regeneration can be delivered successfully and sustainably. Tony Dylak, its CEO, is a professional musician and from Polish/ Irish refugee family descent and was responsible for one of Bradford’s first ever multi-cultural art festivals in the 1980s.