About World Pencil

World Pencil, set up in 2015/16, develops projects, campaigns, experiences and tools around the coming together of arts, education and sustainable development: creative ways to unleash individual and organisational potential and to work towards the thriving sustainability of society and planet.

World Pencil is made up of a charity - World Pencil Trust - and a social enterprise - World Pencil Ltd, which donates the majority of its profits (almost 100% to date) to World Pencil Trust. We work through a small central team and a wide range of partner organisations, associates and online communities.

Our vision centres around three big ideas:

  • sustainable development – the inter-related complex of challenges and issues facing our lives on and with the planet that operates globally as it does locally;
  • being exceptional – how every person can fulfill their potential as who they are, and be valued, personally and economically, for what they can do in the contexts where they do it;
  • ‘cutting-edge human’ – in a world that increasingly asks how to sustain humanity as technology does everything for us, we are driven by what it is that people can and could do, with the right opportunity, technology, support and challenge.

Our mission is to support creativity at the coming together of arts, education and sustainable development – developing innovative, scalable approaches to complex, global challenges, and changing the world starting closest to home.



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Cathy Mahmood,
Youth Engagement Associate

She joined the World Pencil team to support youth engagement in the Wild Isles 'Young Voices for Nature' project, and has a strong background in working with young people to shape and design the creative and cutlural opportunities and strategies that are available to them. Cathy manages ChalleNGe, Nottingham's Local Cultural Education Partnership, hosted by Nottingham Trent University. She leads an ambitious programme with the city's arts and cultural sector, young people, schools and youth and community organisations to enable every child to have a broad, adventurous and creative education in Nottingham. Cathy has extensive experience in partnership projects from working in a variety of arts management roles over the last 20+ years, including as General Manager for New Perspectives Theatre Company, and Arts Policy Manager in the NHS.

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Rupert Rowbotham,
Creative Impact Programme Coordinator

Rupert is a creative educationalist with a track record co-ordinating, implementing and developing diverse and inclusive projects, partnerships and programmes for a range of contexts, schools and cultural organisations. He has a particular specialism in theatre and drama education.

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Ben Sandbrook,

Ben Sandbrook has worked in arts, education and sustainable development for 20 years, supporting partnerships, organisations and individuals to develop their approaches and capacities in creative learning. He has worked for the National Foundation for Youth Music, ABRSM, International Institute for Environment and Development and, through his consultancy work, with numerous arts, education and sustainability organisations, including Arts Council England, Business in the Community, schools, Local Authorities, arts and cultural organisations. He has frequently convened and led large network-based change programmes and speaks widely on creativity, individual potential, sustainable futures and the potential of the arts. He is a school Governor and a practicing musician.

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Amy Colquhoun,
Trustee of World Pencil Trust

Amy is Head of Sixth Form at Prior Park College. She is proud to have spent over twenty years teaching in the classroom and has worked in both state and independent schools in the UK and overseas. She has an extensive track record in helping young people in many secondary schools to solve and support social and environmental challenges.

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Gwyneth Lamb,
Trustee of World Pencil Trust

Gwyneth works at the interface of arts, education and health, motivated by a desire to enable people and communities to grow and develop, and to understand and connect with others. She has a track record in developing services and projects from scratch, of turning ideas into reality and of combining strategic overview with a practical approach. She has worked for Arts Council England, the Scottish Arts Council, the National Foundation for Youth Music, the Workers Educational Association, County Durham NHS Trust and a number of local authorities and grass roots organisations in the North East of England.

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Nick Beach,
Trustee of World Pencil Trust

Nick has an extensive career in music education policy and strategy, having worked for 15 years with Trinity College London, most recently as Group Director of Sector Strategies. He has a wide experience and knowledge of arts and education in the UK and internationally.


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