About Us

Mission and Values:

Project Factory believes in the value of listening and curiosity, the power of experiential learning, the importance of story, of playfulness and the potential that lies in unique skills and gifts inherent in each member of the community - which is evoked through connection, collaboration, communication and celebration.

We engage with our community in conversation, surveys, workshops, projects and forums.

We work with and form collaborations with local organisations, groups, agencies and businesses to share wisdom and knowledge, build trust, celebrate diversity and create potential.

We create social and enterprise opportunities by offering workshops where people can learn new skills and meet new people.

We celebrate our community by organising events such as the Wake Up Wells Community Day and Lantern Parade.

Project Factory CIC’s long term vision is to build a dynamic community hub in partnership with other local organisations which is run by and for the community of Wells.

Meet our Directors

Kirstie Harris, director, Project Factory CIC

Kirstie Harris

Kirstie moved to London aged 19 to work at the newly launched Independent newspaper as a secretary in the newsroom, moving up the ranks to become PA to the Editor/Office Manager at the Independent on Sunday. She was PA to the Editor of two regional newspapers and business magazines whilst raising her family.

Kirstie has worked in business for over 30 years including supporting many start-up businesses and has gained experience in management, marketing, sales, travel. She ran her own business, Ideamaze, offering virtual PA services and strategic support to businesses helping them to solve problems, develop and grow. She campaigned for the provision of new playgrounds for Wells, developing relationships with local councillors, council officers and collaborations with other local groups. She has worked with Wells Food Festival and is currently secretary of Wells Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.

Emma Lefevre (at the back), director, Project Factory CIC

Emma Lefevre

Emma (on the back of the camel) is a qualified teacher and certified co-active coach. She has 15 years coaching and leadership experience and has used these tools within the voluntary sector.

Emma was involved in the Wells Literature Festival for 9 years and spent 3 years in the lead coordinator role with diverse experience implementing systems for managing teams and communication, driving the digital strategy, initiating the Friends Scheme, the online ticketing process, and analysing /reporting the audience data and questionnaires. Emma has run the Annual Volunteer's Week Tea Party for the last 4 years. As a member of the Culture and Festivals Forum she was involved in the team for the Wells City of Culture bid. Emma enjoys creating the vision, problem solving, growing audiences and engagement, implementing systems and has the tenacity and a good sense of an overall picture to drive the energy to successfully navigate challenges.

Ann Whalley

Ann has a Psychology BSC Honours degree from Exeter University and set up her own business in 1992. Thepeoplepartnership is a strategic qualitative research and insight consultancy specialising in behaviour change.

Ann has over 25 years consultancy experience across sectors but with a particular focus on social projects. Her recent clients include the Departments for Health/Education/Transport/Disability, Food Standards Agency, UBS,Coutts, Santander, Tate and Key4Life. She particularly enjoys creating a strategic vision and driving change, and as an analyst and with her breadth of experience she has core skills that will support the Project Factory scope, through strategy, vision, creativity, critical analysis and thinking. Her work in the community includes - chair PA , sponsorship LitFest, Trustee the Foundation. In all her work Ann is known to galvanise change and create a significant impact in growth of audiences, profitability, fundraising and visibility.

Steve Wilson

Steve has over 25 years experience in the business sector, and is a trained mechanic. Steve built much of his career in the Brewery industry, moving from Brewery Technician to Technical Manager, Export Sales Manager to Publican.

He has gained valuable knowledge and experience in the retail industry, and he has built his current business The Square - a soft-play centre, from a shell to a thriving and important hub in the community for young families. Steve combines his business acumen with his strong community values to help deliver services and experiences that appeal to young people. He has voluntary experience organising community events ‘Night on the Town’ and for Wells Lions Club, he initiated and is currently on the board of Wells in Mosaic an ambitious project to create a piece of heritage artwork for the community.

Kathryn Lindsay

Kathryn is a career diplomat with 30 year’s experience in international policy making, project management and civil service administration. Kathryn will use her knowledge and experience of good governance to ensure the Project Factory runs efficiently and in an open and transparent way.

Her skillset includes:

- Leadership

- Relationship building

- Analytical and decision making

- Project development and management

- Coaching and mentoring

Lindsay Mann

Lindsay has over 25 years of consumer marketing and communications experience and has held senior positions in the media, e-commerce, tourism and charity sectors, including supporting fundraising campaigns, with brands such as the BBC, eBay, Thorpe Park and Wells Cathedral.

Lindsay has worked in start-up environments which demand a high degree of flexibility, creative thought and hands-on application and thrives being able to translate strategic vision into operational success. Lindsay has recently launched her own marketing consultancy to provide small business owners with flexible, cost-effective marketing support.