lab team ~ volunteers ~ lab tech's


Denise Proctor - NOISE CEO


Denise Proctor, NOISE CEO and Charity Trustee is recognised within the music industry as the figure who pioneered the single music download revolution, ten years before it became industry standard. Denise setup NOISE in 2004 with a view to finding the funding, sponsors and media partners to deliver a whole range of unique projects that make up the NOISE festival.

Denise comes from a highly successful background in online initiatives having set up PWP, one of the first UK interactive design companies that created the world's first interactive music CDrom with video. PWP went onto win a plethora of awards including "Best Web Design" for the Manic Street Preachers (Sony) and 'The Times' Award for E-Commerce. Denise also worked with Lord David Puttnam in the setting up of NESTA Futurelab bringing together the games and education industries, and with AIM (Association of Independent Music) to establish an E-Commerce strategy for UK independent music labels.

Denise has directed a host of music videos (including No.1 selling artists), adverts, television titles and documentary pieces for BBC television, ARD and SFDRS. She has a BA from New York University and St. Martins School of Art, an MA in film directing from the Royal College of Art and a MBA in finance at Manchester Business School.

Victoria Turnbull - Operations Manager

Victoria Turnbull graduated from Salford University with a degree in Media Production. Here she learnt such skills as audio and video post-production as well as website and graphic design. Before joining NOISE, Victoria undertook work placements with Key 103 and BBC Radio Manchester and produced and presented her own shows on Youth FM and Sheffield College's station 'Radio Cake'. At NOISE, Victoria works closely with NOISE talent, particularly on radio and television projects, co-ordinating a wide range of projects including the "NOISE Urban Songwriter competition" and the "Gypsy Fair" documentary, for which she has trained as an Arts Award Advisor.

Lab Team

Simon  Snow - Cafe Manager

NOISE recruited Simon through the Manchester City College where he recently completed a Hospitality and Catering course, after living for a period of time in New Zealand. At the Lab, Simon has successfully managed the catering at events with over 100 attendees, a team of volunteers and introduced a special hot 'Brunch' menu. Simon also holds qualifications in tiling, carpentry and motoring vehicle technology.

Ciara Clarke – Lab Manager

Ciara is a 25 year old artist from North Manchester whose previous shop assistant role in shoe shop was terminated just before she was hired as NOISELAB Assistant Manager. Ciara is a graduate of The Manchester College and with her business partner runs a jewellery design company from the Arts and  Craft Centre in the Northern Quarter.

Emma Thompson - Community Liaison  Officer

Emma is a 26 year old from Rochdale who approached NOISE as she had a keen interest to further her career in social and community work. Emma has been a  successful DJ for the past 10 years and was a DJ on BBC Radio 1. She was also  Sankeys Nightclub in Manchester’s first female resident DJ. Emma continues to  freelance with NOISE, helping the charity to expand its community reach.

Ali Thomas – Assistant Lab Manager

Alison graduated in 2007 with a degree in Journalism from  Staffordshire University. Alison has a keen interest in the environment and  sustainability. Since leaving university she has volunteered at local festivals coordinating volunteers, managing budgets, collecting visitor data and supervising specific areas of the event. Ali was recruited through the Future  Jobs Fund Scheme and has been coordinating volunteers and focusing on project management during her time at NOISE.

Dan English - Lab Intern

Dan is an Event Management student at Manchester College. He has helped during the  NOISELAB build and recently completed his first live solo outing as an events  manager the NOISELAB ‘Thank You’ VIP event. In doing so has gained valuable  experience and skills, and sees it as an excellent way to contribute to  Manchester's thriving creative industries.

Kyle Carr – Cafe Assistant

Kyle  from Bury was recruited via the Governments ‘Future Jobs Fund’ that aims to get  long term job seekers into full time employment. With an NVQ2 in Catering and his experience at NOISELAB Kyle hopes to make a  mark in the catering industry.

Sherelle Bailey
Anais Biaux

Maya Black
A Fine Art student in Manchester currently studying A levels Art, History and French.


Manuella Blackburn
Edd Butt

Soraya Nicole Chiheb
15 years old currently living in Manchester and interested in anything to do with the arts, psychology and aspires to one day become a tattooist.

Zaf Choudhury
21 year old Graphic Design student currently focussing at the University of Salford.

Elliott Dobbs

Eliott says, "Meeting Pete Fowler and discussing music and album covers was the highlight for me whilst working

at NOISELAB. It's inspiring to be involved with a company that promotes such a diverse amount of talent."

Kate Doran
Is currently studying fine art at degree level with aspirations to open her own gallery/studio after completing her degree. 

Liam Fawcett
Liam Fawcett is a 20-year-old documentary photographer currently based in Manchester. In January, Liam was the first artist to be invited to exhibit his work at NOISELAB.

Julia Formina

23 year old illustrator currently living in Manchester and studied at Blackpool University.

Marc Gallanders

John Hatfield
Full-time acupuncture student, painter and musician. Salford based and Telford bred.

Samuel Horsley
Samuel Horsley graduated from Central St Martins with a degree in Graphic Design/Illustration. He’s lived in Manchester for the last 6 months.

Kim Kahan
Kim is a student in her first year of college. She has lived in Manchester all her life.

Adam Kay     
17 year old Pendleton college student in Salford, currently study performing arts.

Jonathan Lloyd
Leeds Fashion design graduate, with an ambition is to become an independent fashion designer.

Jim Loughran
Jim has lived in Manchester since the mid 1990s and is photographer. He has ran arts workshops, with organisations such as Action for Sustainable Living and Church Action

Arul Madhaven

Wayne McCauslin
A 3D animator based in Manchester and has freelancing for two years working mainly in television and film for commercials, idents, title sequences and short film.

A student at a high school in north Manchester with a GCSE in art. She hopes to continue art at college.

Hollie Myles
20 years old and a photography student at Manchester School of Art. After she finishes her degree she intends to move to New York to pursue a career in photography.

Marta Julve Obón

Marta is 23 years old and an art graduate Spain. She is NOISELAB’s resident photographer and was given the opportunity to exhibit her work in an Easter themed NOISELAB window display.

Katie Percival

“When NOISELAB opened in Manchester I saw this as chance to find out about current artists and trends as well as being part of a project which I think is a great idea.”

Jay Pollard
Manchester based art student studying Interactive Arts, and recently exhibited as part of the Collective Vision exhibition at NOISELAB.

Lawrence Vincent Quinn
Lawrence is 22 years old and graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a BA in Creative Imaging.

Natalie Samuels
Currently a student at Manchester Metropolitan University studying Criminology.

Megan Sharkey
20 years old that has escaped from rural Wales to do a Textiles BA in Manchester.

Iranian born Sheema is 20 years old and is studying Manchester Academic Language  to improve English and then aims is to go university to study Media and Physics.

Whitney Sherratt

22 year old Graphic Design student at Salford University.

Sophie Jane Stafford
19 years old Photography student in Manchester.
“My highlight of working at NOISELAB was meeting Mr Scruff and talking about brewing tea.”

Eladi Starr
A level student currently studying Media and Drama.

Charlie Sullivan
A freelance illustrator and painter. Originally from London, the 22 year old is currently trying to fashion a creative career in Manchester.

Rachael Williams

Evan Wilson
Evan of Stockport is in his third year of a degree in music at Salford University, taught by the likes of Johnny Marr.

Liam Andrew Wright
A 24 year old film director from Manchester. Having recently moved back to Manchester from York he runs his own production company.


Michael Wright - Carpenter Apprenticeship

Michael is 17 years old and is studying Joinery at Moston College, he is also a part time carer. He is in his second year and has already achieved his Level 1 Diploma. Although he has always got good grades Michael has been finding it hard to find a placement. He spent a week at the NOISELAB assisting with building the cafe and retail counters.

Paul Musco - Handy Man

Paul says, "Working at NOISE was a good chance to reconnect with Manchester's creative scene. I am hoping to find more work in the creative industries in the future and having a venture as special as NOISELAB on my CV will be really helpful."

Suzanne Pearson - Plumber

Suzanne an independent female plumber who helped install the cafe area at NOISELAB.

Peter Hollingworth - Electrician

Peter is a fully qualified electrician who has been out of work for nearly twelve months. Since completing this contract for NOISELAB he has been able to find a temporary full time position through an agency.

Kenneth Burke - Van Man

Ken carried out most of the lifting, carrying and van driving involved in opening the NOISELAB (including ripping up the carpet).  Ken has experience of volunteering with young people as he has previously spent time educating young offenders.