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.
James Wallbank is an artist, educator and free software advocate. He founded the arts group Redundant Technology Initiative and has exhibited in numerous international venues, including ZKM and Tate Britain. He's interested in the conjunction of the creative arts, digital technology and do-it-yourself culture, and authored influential documents such as “Lowtech Manifesto” and “Zero Dollar Laptop Manifesto”.
He is a seasoned public speaker, and has presented at Council of Europe events in Strasbourg and Brussels, to São Paulo City Council, at a conference at the French Senate, and at numerous media arts festivals,research conferences, and academic institutions. He is a self-taught LPIC1 Engineer and delivers Linux training for enterprises and communities.
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. Recently he completed an MA in Activism & Social Change at the University of Leeds. He has strong financial expertise, has worked to establish two local credit unions, and is accredited to Level 2 by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Jonathan writes for local publications and is enthusiastic about the potential for digital technologies to give people a voice. He organises 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.
Steve runs Deedah Design along with Martin and amongst other things helps with Access Space website. If you need help with graphics software, photography, webdesign, marketing or owt to do with monkeys just ask Steve.
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.