Meet the team
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Rachel Skingsley - Chair of trustees
Rachel Skingsley is a volunteer arts/charity facilitator, with extensive experience particularly in charities focused on education. Rachel has considerable fundraising experience and took over as Chair of Trustees in January 2019.
Andrew Blankfield - Trustee
Andrew Blankfield is a solicitor and partner at Fieldfisher, representing broadcasters and media companies. He has a wide interest in the arts, as an experienced trustee, pianist and orchestral conductor, and advises the charity on legal matters.
Linda Crawley - Trustee
Linda Crawley MBE is a retired head teacher and the driving force behind a free school in St Albans of which she currently is Chair of Governors. Linda is the board’s expert on safeguarding, curriculum integration and school funding.
JAmie Anderson - trustee
Jamie Anderson is a writer, producer and director working in TV, radio and film, and also looks after the legacy of his father Gerry Anderson who created multiple cult TV shows including the Thunderbirds series. He takes particular interest in furthering the charity’s commercial sponsorship fund.
Jeremy Duschenes - executive director
Jeremy Duschenes is the founder and Executive Director of the YPPT. His experience of marionette productions extends back to the 1960s in his native Canada. Jeremy founded the YPPT as a means of bringing projects to more children than he would be able to work with on his own. In his spare time he runs a company which produces high quality furniture.
Louise Lahive - Project leader
Louise Lahive is a practising artist and experienced course leader based in North Hertfordshire, and has worked with the YPPT since 2017. She has recently developed and delivered short courses for the University of Hertfordshire, The Letchworth Heritage foundation and the Milton Keynes Art Centre. In 2013 Louise became a fellow with the Digswell Arts Trust and recent exhibitions include ‘Blood Landscape’ at Westminster Ref library, ‘Reflections’ at Surface gallery Nottingham and ‘looking Deeper’ at Courtyard Arts Hertford. She currently works out of ‘Eastcheap’ studios in Letchworth where she produces collaborative and large mixed media work.
Caitlin Duschenes - administrator/Senior Project leader
Caitlin Duschenes is the YPPT's Administrator and Senior Project Leader. She has been with the YPPT since 2014 and has led 16 projects in London, Hertfordshire and Cambridge. She also delivers Sculptaface workshops and recently gained a Masters in Education with the Open University, specialising in Educational Leadership and Management.
Bianca Judd - Project leader
Bianca originally trained as a performer but moved into community arts about 20 years ago. Her work includes children’s drama & craft, family workshops, lantern making, education work and community projects including sculpting in care homes. She has also worked as a youth theatre director. In 2015 she trained in special effects and now also works in Prosthetics and creature creation. She says, "Working for YPPT brings together all my favourite things- puppets, being creative and helping others be creative. I love to see how excited people get when they see what they are capable of."