Junior Akinolahe/him Chair of the Board
I’m a Content Producer at the BBC. I work in the CCOG team where we work across content of all genres for the BBC Homepage and BBC Sounds.
I’m also a writer/creative and most recently wrote, directed and performed in my audio drama 'Homecoming' which was commissioned on BBC Sounds via New Creatives, which is in collaboration with BBC Arts and Arts Council England.
Growing up I lived not too far from Contact, I actually had to pass the building every day on the way to high school, so naturally, my first interactions in my younger years came via attending workshops and seeing shows.
My involvement with the building stepped up significantly when I was 23, in 2015. I became a project manager in the creative development department, which alongside managing a lot of the participatory projects I lead on the Making Contact Project which was also associated with the capital bid.
I felt I was ready for a step up to a senior role and I was looking for a new challenge so when I saw the opportunity to join the Board at Contact, not only did it fit that but it presented the opportunity for a journey to come full circle for me.
I want to see Contact become the number one creative cultural hub where young people across the city can break bread, collaborate and build relationships that will ultimately boost the creative output in the city.
I want to see us push ourselves as far as local engagement, especially in the current times we’re in and do our part when it comes to boosting morale where we can citywide.
Contact Presents: Continuing Professional Development–We're excited to present a number of masterclasses suitable for freelancers, educators and small organisations within the cultural sector and beyond!
Women's World Cup 2023–We’re over the moon to be presenting matches from the 2023 Women’s World Cup!