OLC has a Creative, Experienced and Diverse Team and values the relationships it has formed and the people who have been part of the journey.
The organisation is a Social Enterprise and is managed by a Board of Directors:
Ilva Navarro (Colombia) – Ilva is a senior lecturer at Hope University and is a keen researcher of Latin American and international projects. Ilva has been involved in major conferences and symposiums across the UK.
Garth Dallas (Jamaica) – Garth is an established solicitor and CEO of Dallas Legal, a highly respected solicitors firm in Liverpool. He is the Director of Diversity Magazine and has delivered major Diversity Conferences in the region as well as being invited to deliver keynote speaches as far afield as the U.S. He has just been appointed General Secretary of the Liverpool Commonwealth Association and is a key member of the Commonwealth Games 2022 Liverpool Bid Team.
Elizabeth Lynnet Tant (UK) – Liz works for BT and has been involved in Latin American events for over 15 years. She has always been a keen supporter of the organisaiton and has her finger on the pulse of most things that go on in the region relating to Latin America.
Christopher Bowker (UK) – Chris is the Chair and founding member of Liverpool Spanish Circle which was set up over 25 yrs ago in Liverpool by two Peruvian Merchant Seamen and 2 Liverpool locals. He has been involved in the Latin American and Hispanic community for over 30 years and has chaired and managed events, organisations and projects.
Francisco Carrasco (Chile) – See below
Francisco Carrasco (Chile) is the founder and Creative Director of OLC Productions. He has led a range of arts organisations including Brouhaha International and The Liverpool & Merseyside Youth Music Action Zone. He has been the artistic director for festivals, carnivals and large-scale events in the UK and Internationally including the Merseyside International Street Festival, the One World Festival and Fiesta Latina. Francisco has a Masters in Music Industries and is a module lecturer in performing arts at Chester University, has coaching certificates in Leadership Skills and Management. He has sat on steering groups for the Arts Council England, various boards and is often invited to speak at national and international conferences.
Maya Mitter (India) is OLC’s Development Manager; she a singer and writer as well as a keen photographer and has over 30 years’ experience in the education and voluntary sector, Maya holds a postgraduate in public health and has lectured at Wirral College and John Moores University. She has delivered a range of projects throughout her career in both the arts & culture sector and the voluntary sector as a whole. Maya is currently on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Organisation and Chaturangan Dance Company.
Oscar Carrasco (Chile) is the Project Manager. Oscar has a long track record of working in the community, using music and culture to engage participants. He was a writing liaison officer for Liverpool City Council and has worked with organisations such as Windows, Everyman Theatre and Casa Latina America (London). He has delivered many arts and community projects over a period of 30 years, both locally and internationally.
Oscar leads the organisation’s new community growing project at and performs on a regular basis.
Steve Hargreaves (UK) runs the Learning Skills programme and works as part of the Fund raising team. Steve has over 20 years’ experience in the public and voluntary sector, an MA in Leadership Skills and Developing Professional Practice as well as an abundant level of experience in project management. He has developed training programmes and business strategies for a range of organisations in the voluntary and public sectors.