Ray Keene OBE
Chair of Outside In Pathways
International Chess Grandmaster
MA Trinity College Cambridge in modern languages. Freeman of the city of London. President of the Governing Council of The Institute for Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition at London’s Imperial College. Chairman of the Mother and Child Foundation. Chess Correspondent of The Times.
Author/co author of 199 books on chess, genius, thinking, mind sports and art. Translations into 14 languages. Former British chess champion and European Gold Medallist. President of The World Memory Sports Council.
Music and Artistic Director, Educator
William writes pieces inspired by places. He is published by Shorter House and distributed in Canada by Peters. The Singing Glacier, created with the poet Helen Mort, was in response to climbing in Greenland in 2016. It has been performed at festivals including Aldeburgh Poetry and Totally Thames and is published as a chapbook by Hercules Press.
Other works include The Duel of the White-necked Ravens, inspired by climbing Mount Kilamanjiro in 2014, As Dewe, which has been performed in Worcester and St Paul’s Cathedrals, and Particles I, II, III. Bill received a 2018/19 Finzi Scholarship for his current project, Timdus, about mountain hares in Scotland. He has held two composing residencies at Banff Centre, Canada, in 2012 and 2017.
As music director his work includes Elizabeth for the Royal Ballet at the Linbury Theatre 2016 and the Barbican Theatre 2018, and he is Artistic Director of Famborough Symphony Orchestra. As an educator he works with young people and adults with special educational needs for Jackdaws Music Education Trust and Outside In Pathways, and directs adult programmes for Benslow Music Trust and Lacock Choral Courses. He is a trustee of the Elgar Foundation.
Spike Mclarrity practices as a fulltime performance artist and collaborates with other UK based artists as well as artists from all over the world. He has travelled and performed in Germany, Barcelona, Paris/France, Nijmegen in Holland, Switzerland, Philippines, China, Japan, Pakistan as well as all over the UK. In 2019 Spike took part in the first Islamabad arts festival alongside many other international artists from all over the world and was presented with an award for his performance “Behind the mask of white rabbit is a Shaman”.
His most famous alter ego is “Barnes White Rabbit” where Spike was outed in 2016 by the British and world-wide media of the man behind the mask. Though for the last four years, he still performs white rabbit on first of the month where he sits on a wall by the river Thames in South West London welcoming the new month in. He has become the modern symbol of first of the month.
BA Hons – Psychotherapist
CEO Outside In Pathways
Psychotherapist and former Museum Researcher/Research Co-ordinator building museums with architects and curatorial staff internationally. Twenty-three years experience working as a Psychotherapist with and around people with learning difficulties and autism. Designed, set up and continues to lead Outside In Pathways.
Julian Simpole ATC ADAE
Vice-Chair of Outside in Pathways
Vice-President of the Commonwealth Chess Association and Commonwealth Chess Master
A retired art teacher and former director of the London Chess Centre, he has tutored various gifted children, two of whom are now grandmasters. The first of these became the youngest chess master in history by winning the 1992 World U-10 Boys’ title at the age of eight.
Julian is a published author and co-author, journalist and sometime reporter for The Times, the chess column of which he proofreads.
Ann O'Toole is a fashion designer with 30 years experience designing for High Street brands such as Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Urban Outfitters. Making the decision to move away from fast fashion, she currently works on up-cycling and customising vintage clothing and recent projects with OIP including the production of kimonos and scarves.
Engagement Artist, Educator and Animator
Shelly Wain is a freelance engagement artist, educator and animator. She delivers creative projects and produces animated films that connect audiences to a particular topic, event or exhibition.
Previously Shelly worked as a stop motion animator on TV programmes for children. She has also made several award winning films of her own, which have screened in festivals around the world.
She has been a contributor for many years to the education departments of The Barbican Centre, The Royal Opera House and The National Portrait Gallery. She also delivers workshops in children's hospitals and mental health institutions, helping patients express themselves through art.
Shelly sees her workshops as a creative collaboration and is constantly inspired and enthused by the work produced by her participants. She Is dedicated to encouraging and providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to access the arts.
Bill Smith MA
Bill Smith MA is a Royal College of Art painter with thirty-five years’ experience working with the arts around people with learning difficulties and autism. He is also a prolific author and blues musician. Bill is Outside In Pathways’ historical advisor and co-designer for projects.
Saffron van Zwanenberg
Artistic Director at Jackdaws Music Education Trust
Saffron van Zwanenberg has been Artistic Director at Jackdaws Music Education Trust since 2009. She trained at the Royal College of Music and is an ARCM after graduating from the Opera Course with Distinction. She then won a prestigious RCM Junior Fellowship sponsored by the Rosemary Bugden Foundation and has worked as a singer for many companies including Garsington, the London Handel society and the Aldeburgh Festival. At the same time she maintains a successful directing career and has directed shows for Garden Opera at the RCM and the RAM, a show at the Cochrane Theatre in Holborn as well as very diverse projects for Mid Wales Opera and ENO Baylis, and of course for Jackdaws.