Jake is The Creative Producer at Access Space. He has been involved with making music in Sheffield since the 1980s and is now an artist, musician/producer and composer with a strong interest in media art, new technology and education. He is also the Creative Director of HackingSheffield.org.
He was a partner in FON (Sheffield's first large commercial recording studio) and a member of industrial/electronic band Chakk in the 1980s. He has been one of the “freestyle techno” trio Heights of Abraham since 1991.
John has been the driving force behind the commissioning of Refab Space, undertaking a huge amount of construction work as a volunteer. John's expertise is as a technician, and he's the genius behind “Artbot” - an autonomous, free-roaming robot artist controlled by Arduinos. John now organises access to the equipment, including the laser cutter, CNC machine, RepRap 3D printers, electronics tools and more.
Jonathan has a background of working with community organisations promoting local empowerment and self help. He has strong financial expertise, and has helped to establish two local credit unions. He writes for local publications and is enthusiastic about the potential for digital technologies to give people a voice. He is also a volunteer with the Alt-Sheff website which features articles, videos and news around Sheffield's alternative cultures.
Fuad helps us assess, analyse and repair computers, and has recently started installing and configuring Linux. He often comes in early (before we open) and works to maximise the number of PCs we can revive.
Phil is an expert with Inkscape, the open source vector graphics editor. At Access Space he helps by facilitating “Chess Saturdays” helping beginners of all ages to take their first steps with chess. Phil's also been a huge help recently preparing Refab Space.
Theo has a high level interest in the GNU/Linux system and other free software. He has developed several maintenance systems and tools for Access Space.