Founder Directors

Frank Conlan

Frank Conlan

Creative Director

Being more of a kinaesthetic learner, formal education was not really for Frank. He left school with only 1 G.C.S.E, however, over the years this was to change. He has since gained a vocational qualification in Health & Social Care, Diploma in Professional Acting , Information, Advice & Guidance, Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, Preparing to Teach and Certificate in Teaching in Lifelong Learning as well as a First Class Honours Degree.

Frank has been working and teaching in the community for over 5 years and was graded ‘Outstanding’ in his teaching observations in 2012 and 2013. He hopes his own experience in learning can be used to encourage and influence others.

Frank is approaching his 20th year of working alongside vulnerable adults, 12 years of which include working within the Health & Social Care sector. During his time working in H&SC, he was Assistant Manager of a challenging behaviour unit (1997-2000), he moved to London and began work for a recruitment agency where he mainly covered 3-6 month contracts as a Manager and Senior Manager supporting and encouraging staff teams’ development in areas of: delivery, good practice, person centred approaches and choice, dignity and respect.

Frank took a career break in 2005 after working in a respite unit to support his time at The Bridge Theatre Training Company. He then worked abroad as an entertainer and actor for theatre in education. On his return, this invaluable experience led to his pursuit in teaching & learning and he has since combined all the above skills in writing bespoke training and workshops for vulnerable adults and young people and those who work with these individuals.

Steve Lapworth

Steve Lapworth

Business Director

Steve Lapworth is Business Director, with responsibility for business planning, finance, quality assurance and funding applications. He also advises on the content of the programmes that we deliver and ensures that we satisfy legal requirements e.g. C.I.C. Regulator, Insurance, DBS checks etc.

Steve took early retirement in January 2011, following a 35-year career in education, initially as a Science / Maths Teacher, Head of Department and Head of Sixth Form in secondary schools. For the last 21 years he worked as a senior manager for Staffordshire County Council as Assistant Education Officer, Deputy Head of the Youth Service and Head of Adult and Community Learning. During this time he was also seconded to Ofsted and the National Youth Agency.

He has extensive experience of partnership working in local communities, particularly in relation to vulnerable young people and adults. This experience in youth work, adult learning and community education has shown him that involvement in informal learning can have a real impact on people’s lives. He believes that the fun activity-based approach of Interact Arts will build people’s confidence and self-esteem, whilst supporting the development of new skills, thus enabling them to progress to further learning, volunteering or employment. Interact Arts gives Steve the opportunity to utilise the skills he has gained over his working life in education and community learning, and to combine this with his passion for supporting people on their journey to reach their full potential.