Meet the community at Halton Mill.

Our tenants, coworkers & regular users come from a wide range of sectors including: digital creatives, artists & craftspeople, business support, campaigning groups & more.

Meet our tenants, coworkers, artists, tutors & regular users.

Management team.

Fay Kara

Operations Manager

After university Fay practiced as an accountant, qualifying fully in 2015. Following the birth of her second son, & with the accounting industry not calling her back, Fay was looking for a role to meet new people, & be part of an exciting community - & there was Halton Mill. Starting as the administrator in 2021 and becoming Operations Manager in 2023, Fay can't wait to be part of the Mill's exciting future.

Outside the Mill Fay loves spending time with her husband and 3 little people, periodically re-decorating each room of the house (my poor husband!) & pottering in the garden with the Guinea Pigs.

Nick Lakin

Room Booking and Events Manager

Nick is your first point of contact for any enquiries about hiring the spaces, or putting on your own events at The Mill.

A qualified journalist who worked at the Lancaster Guardian for 12 years, Nick also organises Millfest, the Mill's own music festival. He aims to expand The Mill's offer of classes, live music & entertainment.

A dad of two, Nick enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, attending live music events & festivals, film, food, & a good pint of real ale.

Clare Fisher

Site Manager

Clare is our site manager & is around to help with any practical jobs around the Mill.

Prior to working here she spent a good number of years in west Wales, working at an obscure university & then selling in organic fruit & veg & whole foods, also earning her keep by gardening.

She first moved to Lancaster from Wales in 2018 & to Halton in 2022 with her young daughter. When not working, they love to find new places to visit & all frequent all the green spaces & parks in the area. Spending lots of time at The Centre @ Halton while her daughter swoops about on the swings or in the skate park, Clare is usually found having a brew. Both Clare & her daughter enjoy being part of the Mill’s community & what it offers - live music, dance, art & poetry events.  "We can’t wait for Millfest to come round again ..  last year we left a note on our door, it read: gone to Millfest see you on the bouncy castle."

Annie Neat

River Room Manager (on Maternity leave)

Annie is a director of Halton Mill and also one of the co-managers of The River Room.  

Annie is a yoga teacher and psychotherapist, offering classes here at Halton Mill and around the district.

Outside of The Mill, when she's not walking her dog - Sally, you'll find Annie plunging into cold water or on a lovely holiday with partner Paul.

Our tenants.

Archihive Studios Ltd.

Architect Studio

Archihive architects are a family led Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chartered architectural, interiors & design studio. Ran by Simon & Rebecca they specialise in ‘contemporary conservation’, with a sustainable and progressive design approach, & are experienced in working with historic buildings & in sensitive contexts and environments. They are a collaborative studio who looks to work closely with clients, specialists, artists & consultants to provide an exceptional architectural design service from concept to completion. Their primary aim is to provide design ‘collaboration’ with our clients & the public rather than ‘consultation’. See more on their website or on Facebook & Instagram.

Catriona Stamp


At the moment Catriona (aka Kate) is excited by semi-abstract painting, creating scenes inside little recycled boxes & botanical drawing.

In the past Catriona has made artists books, pottery, done scraperboard, etching, collographs & screenprints on paper & on banners, site or archive interventions, & created sound art. Catriona is inspired by nature & our relationship with the world & each other.

She loves going for walks & square dancing, & belongs to two book clubs, & several folk clubs (she sings, plays the violin & banjo).

Chris Coates

Mill Director, Carpenter

Chris was The Mill caretaker/site manager for over 10 years and since his retirement remains an important part of The Mill as a Green Elephant director, Chris is a carpenter, author and performer who makes things and makes things happen.

Chris’s career started in theatre production and then morphed into being involved in housing co-ops and building co-ops as well as managing self-build projects for the voluntary sector.

Current Conductors Ltd.

Electronic device repair

Zac from Current Conductors Ltd specialises in circuit board and electronic device repair, soldering & all things electronics. Serving both private & commercial customers, they repair anything from Laptops to Industrial Control Units.

Their aim is to save you money by repairing your items, rather than you having to buy new. This eco-friendly solution is minimizing electronic waste in landfills & protecting the environment.

Visit their website at, email or call them on 01524 230660.

Fiona Frank

Oral historian, networker & zoom trainer

Fiona Frank is a director of Halton Mill.  Since her retirement as Operations Manager at Halton Mill her 'retirement' projects so far have included directing a festival about the Amazon to honour the lives of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira, murdered in Brazilian Amazonia in June 2022, teaching Zoom to community groups, coordinating "Musical Journeys" - a set of online concerts which raised over £7000 for Lancaster musicians & charities, & calling Klezmer dance with various bands.

She continues to promote the art of her aunt, the well known Glasgow Jewish artist Hannah Frank (1908-2008).

Contact Fiona on 07778 737681 or at

Greenwave Electrical


After spending many years in the electrical industry, Carl of Green Wave Electrical has taken a step back from the wasteful, profit at all cost industry to create a company which is run a little differently. Bringing a purpose-driven approach which holds the environment and ethics at the forefront of the business. Sharing his knowledge and expertise to help make the best decision for your home or business.

Through Green Wave Electrical, Carl plans to help reduce climate change to protect the environment and to get energy independence to those who need it most.

Call Carl on 07422 966120 or visit his website.

Jo Lyon

Knowledge management specialist

Jo works remotely from the Mill for Forum for the Future, a global non-profit organisation, working in partnership with business, government, and civil society to accelerate the shift towards a sustainable future.

She supports colleagues around the world on knowledge management, information management, digital collaboration and learning.

Jono Symonds Photography


Jono is a passionate visual storyteller; in other words a wedding photographer and filmmaker. He is a well-known music & celebrity photographer, having worked with the likes of Jessie J, Kylie Minogue, The Script, Ed Sheran & many more, he expanded into documenting weddings in 2010 & hasn’t looked back.

Inspired by human connection, contemporary imagery & capturing moments as they unfold Jono loves nothing more than travelling around the globe documenting destination weddings. He loves to create artistic portraits & reportage style moments, which have a strong cinematic feel and are heavily influenced by my work photographing in the music industry.

Lunebase Ltd.

Creative design agency

Lunebase is a creative design studio founded by Aaron Kara & Dr Tom Jamieson. Lunebase now consists of a small team of animators, writers, audio engineers, designers, programmers and learning architects - building beautiful digital experiences for happy clients.

View some of Lunebase's recent projects on their website:

(Fun fact: Lunebase also produced the interactive 360 tour of our building! Check it out here)

Mandy Blackwell Recruitment

Recruitment agency

Mandy Blackwell Recruitment is a boutique recruitment agency that helps people in the Lancaster area find new jobs with local companies. Mandy works in Finance, sales, marketing, engineering, IT and many more sectors, ensuring she provides a personable service.

If you want to find talented new staff, or, find a rewarding new job please visit the website where you will find a list of current vacancies & a contact number.

Miles Doubleday

Software developer

Miles is a self-employed software developer specializing in database & web development.

The Mill also allows Miles to explore his other enthusiasms: cooking & music making. Miles has fed many happy people at his Masala Kitchen popup and Xmas lunches. Musical contributions include solo synth for yoga sessions, events with his band, Elephant In The Room, & playing piano at occasional lunchtime concerts.

Minetech Services

Mining technology experts

Minetech Services is a world-class team of mining technology experts providing consultancy, training & cutting-edge software solutions for continuous improvement in mine operations & asset health.

Minetech is led by Joe & Tom, who formed MTS in 2016, The idea was to reconnect mines with their technology & provide the expertise needed to start putting these systems to work as intended, and with a little imagination, push them even further.​ Fast forward to today and there are still plenty of mines with expensive technology sitting idle, ignored or misconfigured, and the vast, rich datasets they produce left untouched.

Sarah Livingstone

Ceramic artist & pottery tutor

Sarah originally trained as a potter & has had many different jobs since.

Sarah's ceramics are inspired by the River Lune, Morecambe Bay & the beautiful Lake District, making unique contemporary handmade hand decorated porcelain - or see more on Instagram.

Sarah also offers small group & one-to-one throwing lessons, where she promises to teach you how to throw, find out more here - Riverside pottery.

The River Room

A wellbeing space for all

A space to find Connection, Balance and Flow.

The River Room is a yoga & wellbeing studio, over looking the River Lune. The room is spacious and calming, a perfect getaway from our busy lives. We hold weekly yoga, meditation, Qigong, sound baths &Pilates classes with a variety of skilled teachers as well as workshops and retreats. The space is run by Annie & Liz, find our more here -

Rainbow Therapies

Holistic and massage therapies

A relaxing light healing space offering reiki, crystal healing, indian head massage & aromatouch massage techniques. Becky also offers deep tissue massage, swedish massage, thai foot and hand massage, Tropic facials and access bars.

The space is ran by Becky Dallendar who offers a range of massage and healing therapies to uplift, relax and rejuvenate you! Mondays-Saturdays by appointment only.

The Rainbow Room is available for rent for very reasonable prices for small groups, 1-2-1’s and therapy sessions. Contact Becky at

Tom Lelyveld

Sustainable energy expert

Tom is a sustainable energy specialist who leads the North of England sustainability team for AECOM, a multi-disciplinary engineering company from his own office at Halton Mill.

The Hive - Coworking space.

Claire Potter

Author & fussy eating consultant

Claire Potter is author of the Little Blighters parenting books and the children's picture book Which Food Will You Choose?

She has also written for The Guardian, The Green Parent and other publications on family, food, travel & all things quirky!

She specialises in children's fussy eating and offers 1:1 sessions,  talks and workshops on this topic. Visit her website at

Knud Hansen

Software developer

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Joe Towers

Dairy industry

Joe was born and raised on a family dairy farm in Farleton near Hornby and worked in the family business for the first 8 years of his career. Traditionally we processed the milk on the farm and sold it locally.

His passions are his family, partner Hannah and 3 year old George. Joe can often be found helping Hannah (who is a frustrated farmer) by mucking out pigs or collecting waste milk or brewers grains, he enjoys cycling, boxing and trading (foreign currency and precious metals futures).

Philip Withnall

Software engineer

Philip is a software engineer working remotely for a charity which aims to widen access to computing, communication and education.

He works most days in the Hive.

Outside work he likes fell running and other outdoor sports

Mark Johnson


Mark is the Senior Design Lead for a global sponsorship and live events agency, headquartered in Dublin.

In his spare time, Mark likes to watch his hometown football team-  Barrow AFC. He also spends hours contemplating the meaning of existence (especially during Barrow games).

Wildlife Charlie

Wildlife charity coordinator & ranger

Charlie Pass works from The Hive running WildAid, a charity that connects people, particularly children, to wildlife. See more from WildAidUk at, or contact Charlie at

Charlie spends much of his time out and about being a ranger for many local areas, including Scorton & Poulton-le-Fylde. See more on his Facebookwebsite.

He is also chief doughnut provider for The Hive.

Shared Art Space.

Helen Roe


Drawn to the rural & wild landscapes of northern England, Helen is a semi-abstract, mixed media artist, interested in the creative, spontaneous process of colour experimentation, mark-making and multi-layered collage, filling numerous sketchbooks, rather than working towards finished paintings.

Her inspiration arises from a deep connection with the local landscape & explorative, meditative walks, particularly in the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, & occasional forays into the mountains of southern Spain. This, enriched with a passion for landscape poetry through the eyes of poets such as Ted Hughes, Wordsworth, Seamus Heaney, Norman Nicholson provides a  visual language to communicate seen & felt sensations. See more at Helen’s Instagram.

Carole Ashby


Born in Morecambe, Carole is the daughter of a local builder where she acquired her interest and pleasure of all things practical and creative. She chose to go to teaching training college in Coventry & discovered a love for working with children. She emigrated to Australia, but after 3 years came back to the UK and continued to teach in Lancaster for a further 35 years.

Carole joined The Mill when Lunelab first launched. A year later transferred to the artist studio where she now gets the opportunity to work and share ideas with other artists.

Andrea Brook


Andrea is a mixed-media artist with a love of bookmaking and calligraphy.

Millie Wellbourne


Millie's Instagram

Angela Bowskill


Angela's Facebook

Kevin Frea


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Alison Cahn

Artist & Filmmaker

Alison Cahn is a writer, communications consultant and BAFTA winning filmmaker.

She is a founding director of Halton Mill, where she was also Operations Manager until 2023.

She loves hiking, wild swimming in the Lune (throughout the year), being in nature and painting the natural world.

Virtual Hive.

Bee Adventures CIC

Outdoor Activity Provider

Ryan & James run an organisation with 2 arms. The first arm is BEE Adventures CIC, a non-for-profit that’s focused on increasing outdoor participation among working class communities less likely to have opportunities to take on adventures outside. The second arm is High BEE Ltd, a business providing affordable transport for outdoor groups, special needs schools and the general public.

You may not see them much around the mill as they’re most likely up a mountain or driving a bus.

Website / 0161 706 1104 / Or book a minibus:

Cetis LLP

Strategic IT consultancy

Cetis LLP is an independent Strategic IT consultancy, specialising in learning, education and training. They offer impartial, strategic and technical advice and guidance in educational technology and process innovation, and we provide discovery services, technology solutions and training.

See their website.

DNA Software

Software consultancy

A software consulting company, specialising in custom R.D.M.S. leveraging the full power of Claris Filemaker Pro. Databases engineered for either: standalone, Server hosted or web applications.

They pride themselves in working closely with new clients on new projects to help them achieve their business aims. Also existing clients for new software mods are carefully guided through the stages of a development path.


The HR Dept Carlisle & Morecambe

Human Resources Services

The HR Dept Carlisle & Morecambe is an outsourced HR supplier for small, medium & micro businesses. We are your local HR partner, not a call centre, providing affordable outsourced HR advice tailored to your business needs. Offering pragmatic, impactful & business-focused advice, we navigate employment law for you, giving you time back.

Whether it’s making sure your employment contract & policies cover the right elements for your business; a recruitment campaign, organisational revamp, management development or even a disciplinary, The HR Dept Carlisle & Morecambe can help.

Contact: 01524 487267 //

Website & LinkedIn

Infinity 3

Web design agency

Infinity3 are a award winning WordPress web design agency providing cost effective, high quality web design and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) services.

Through strategic website design that grabs the attention of your audience, we deliver high performing websites that help position and accelerate your brand. With an abundance of knowledge & experience, we know how to deliver beyond expectations.

Contact at 01539 303030 / / Website

Lakeland Tree Consultancy

Arboricultural consultant

Lakeland Tree Consultancy is a arboricultural consultancy specialising in planning and development. They help architects to design around trees and ensure that trees on construction sites are protected


Find out more on their website or Facebook page.

Lune Valley Community Land Trust

Community Land Trust

As a Community Land Trust (CLT), and Exempt Charity, Lune Valley CLT are a not-for-profit, co-operative, member-run organisation. We are dedicated to providing affordable housing and other benefits for the local community.

Current site - Mill Lane, Halton / Website

Mainspring Arts

Innovative cross-artform organisation

Mainspring Arts is an innovative cross-artform organisation that provides creative opportunities for neurodivergent people.

We are dedicated to increasing neurodiversity in the arts; we do this through a varied programme of co-created training, bespoke mentoring, opportunities to make and share work, research and free resources, all designed by, with and for neurodivergent people.


Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

MORE Renewables

Community energy organisation

More Renewables is a community energy organisation for the Morecambe Bay area and owns the solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Mill.

Email: / Website


Julia Neely

Art class tutor

Julia’s art is inspired by nature. This love was embedded in her through her rural upbringing in the southwest. She studied textiles and later worked as an Occupational Therapist. Her working life has been in health and wellbeing.

For the last couple of years she has been working at The Mill, providing art workshops for all ages and abilities. She has exhibited locally. She also provides art activities at the Wellbeing Days, Mill Fest and other venues.

She can be contacted at

Marie Rollet

Pottery tutor

A Member of the Lunelab Makerspace, Marie has been practicing pottery for over a decade. She gained her skills under the instructions of ceramicists Phil Pearson & Sarah Livingstone, from Halton Mill. Nowadays, Marie shares her time between her studio in Morecambe & Lunelab at the Mill where she runs pottery hand-building classes. She specialise in creating wheelthrown stoneware ceramics & has some work currently displayed at Creations Gallery in Carnforth & Farfield Mill in Sedbergh. // Facebook

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