Our Team

Spark:York is a fusion of local people. Get in touch with us today. 

SAM LEACH  Co-founder and Director  e: sam@sparkyork.org


Co-founder and Director

e: sam@sparkyork.org

ADAM JOHNSON  Duty Manager  e: adam@sparkyork.org


Duty Manager

e: adam@sparkyork.org

TOM MCKENZIE  Co-founder and Director  e: tom@sparkyork.org


Co-founder and Director

e: tom@sparkyork.org

ZOE PATERSON  Head of Events  e: zoe@sparkyork.org


Head of Events

e: zoe@sparkyork.org


Community Theatre Partner

York St John University

York St John University’s partnership with Spark:York will enable sustainable community arts practice to take place alongside inspiring teaching and learning and impactful research for all involved. The synergy with Spark:York concentrates on a shared ethos of social purpose, activating meaningful & relational arts engagement and acting as a catalyst for change.

Design and Build Partner

Unconventional Design Limited, York

UD are a York based pocket-sized design + build team bursting with creative ideas and solutions from small spaces to large installations.

They have been central to the Spark:York project providing numerous services from Construction, Art, Architecture, Theming, Project Management and Communication Skills. They aim to work within all budgets and offer a friendly step by step process to realising any clients' visions (especially ours!)

Structural and Civil Engineer Partner

R Vint Engineering Limited, York

R Vint Engineering Limited, led by Rob Vint and his skilled team have been instrumental in partnering and supporting Spark:York on structural and civil engineer issues - including the structural supports of the containers, building control and scaffold/flooring design. There is no substitute for professional knowledge and always going beyond the call of duty!

Landscape Architect Partner

PWP Design Limited, York and Otley

PWP Design, led by Simon Hall, are an independent landscape architecture design practice and help a range of clients including developers, local authorities, land owners, architects and engineers. They have been integral in pulling together the design and sketch landscape brief for Spark:York, while working with partners and supporting with implementation - from lighting to greenery to art!

Container Fabrication and Acquisition Partner

Ace Container Services Limited, Leeds

Ace Container Services, led by John Hanson and Sean Birdsall, have been a superb supporter of Spark:York, supporting with the acquisition of the containers (of all sizes!) while completing the fabrication of all doors, windows and apertures.

Architect and Planning Partner

Carl Turner Architects, London

Carl Turner and his world-renowned, award-winning architecture practice have got quite a reputation for low-cost, high-impact architecture. When Spark:York approached Carl back in 2016 on some words of wisdom of a container project which he had delivered in Brixton. Carl (an exiled Northerner at heart!) not only offered words of wisdom but supported the project and enabled the enormity and skill of his practice to support Spark:York's design and build team take a project through planning and beyond.

Transport Partner

Carry Cargo Transport Ltd, Leeds

When Spark:York approached the team over at Carry Cargo Transport in Leeds with the help of delivering 23 shipping containers of different shapes and sizes into the heart of York, the whole team relished the job, delivering all units over a matter of days. Their support was profound, from director Chris's skills in aligning the containers on the pads, to driver Rob showing us all how to reverse a HGV with a 40ft container on the back perfectly. One day he'll teach us!

Electrical Partner

SPS Electrical Ltd, Stockport

SPS have been of great support to the project from the get go - helping from the start in advising then developing the electrical infrastructure on site. No job is too great or difficult! They have with ease powered up our small village of containers!

Fabrication Partner

MKM Creations Ltd, Leyland

We often marvel in astonishment at what the lads over in Lancashire (boo!) can do with metal of all varieties. Whether it is making gates, building planters, repurposing container doors into tables and benches or in producing a bespoke entrance signs - these lads can do it! Their whole approach has been refreshing.


Website Partner

Isotoma Ltd, York

Isotoma Ltd specialise in the design and build of complex and innovative web applications. By that definition, they were the exact person we were looking for to develop our fancy online platform. Their support has been superb in helping to design and coordinate the Spark:York website, and teaching us the art of the web platform!

Other Notable Supporters: Re-Evolution Ltd (Project Management), Lowther Aluminium Systems (Windows), Jewson (Materials), Sewer Surveys UK (Drainage), Scaff-Co (Flooring), DH Scaffold Services (Scaffold Design), Paul Aldis (Plumbing and Heating), York Crane Hire (Craning).