Ragged Edge Trustees 

Elaine Wise

Elaine Wise

Elaine began her career in media production, starting in BBC Local Radio before moving into network TV production for the BBC and Channel 4, initially as a researcher then later as producer. On relocating to Cumbria, she transferred into higher education as senior lecturer in media production and head of postgraduate studies at Cumbria Institute of the Arts, now part of the University of Cumbria.  As a keen supporter of the Arts, she then diversified into arts consultancy and advocacy, was appointed Cumbria Manager for Arts & Business for several years and served on the Board of Culture Cumbria, playing a leading role in the cultural tourism marketing initiative.  In 2009, Elaine helped raise £2.5 million for the Cumbria Community Foundation Emergency Flood Appeal.  She also uses her media background to provide PR services to business and the public sector.  Most recently, she returned to her media roots; working as a freelance voice artist, providing narration for audiobooks, animations and training.


Ian Forrest

© www.stevenbarber.comAfter teaching for three years in Somerset, Ian Forrest trained as a Theatre Director at Drama Centre, London from 1970 to 1972. He has worked as a director in professional theatre for over 40 years: in main house, studio, fringe, young peoples’ and TIE, small scale touring, outdoor and community theatre.

Ian has freelanced extensively in regional repertory theatre and from 1988 to 1990 was Theatre Director at the Duke’s, Lancaster.  He held the post of Artistic Director at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Cumbria from 1998 to 2016, where he directed over 70 productions.
Ian was given a Special Award for Creative Contribution to Cumbria in the Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017.



Heather Askew                                                                                                               Heather Askew - photo

Heather trained as a Management Accountant in London before relocating to Cumbria in 2004.  Following 5 years of running her own business she worked for Theatre by the Lake, Keswick from 2009 to 2012 supporting the Theatre’s community team and other Arts Organisations in Cumbria, with a particular focus on development and      funding.

In 2012 she moved to the Copeland Community Fund to run an annual grants fund of £1.5m working with community groups and third sector organisations in the Copeland area of Cumbria.

She now works as a freelance Project Manager offering organisational development and support to a range of community, third sector and local government organisations.