The Hurst Staff
Natasha Carlish - Centre Director
Natasha has spent the last twenty years as an independent film and television producer. In 2002, she founded Dreamfinder Productions, and a year later was a founder member of Midlands-based filmmakers network Producers’ Forum. Her credits range from a documentary about an artist who refused to paint Hitler’s portrait, to a piece about an Abba tribute band. She has been awarded a BAFTA for short film Brown Paper Bag and was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University in 2010 for her work with young people in filmmaking.
Natasha’s work has been dedicated to facilitating the creative process in order to mine human interest stories, and when the opportunity to work for Arvon arose, Natasha decided to swap the glitz of showbiz for the backdrop of South Shropshire and the magnificent Hurst. She is passionate about developing and nurturing new talent, and being part of an environment where creativity can flourish.
However, despite all her credits, Natasha knows that her best production by far is her six-year-old daughter Daisy whose energy and spirit never ceases to amaze her!
Gabriela Blandy - Assistant Centre Director
Dan Pavitt - Centre Administrator
Dan Pavitt worked for very large company in the City of London for a very long time. He waded through the quagmire of Marine and Aviation insurance and emerged coughing and spluttering, almost physically choked by the mediocrity of it all in 1998. Unexpectedly alive again, he spent three happy years working at Barnet College in North London, and became PA to the Principal.
Having learnt how to change jobs he went a step further in 2001, re-locating for the first time in his life - to South Shropshire. For two years he brought IT into the Community at Ludlow College before Arvon made a new writing house on his doorstep. As administrator at The Hurst, he persuades creative and artistic people to do their paperwork - a task he likens to herding cats.
Dan is fit in the old fashioned sense of the word, and can often be seen pounding the footpaths above the centre at 5am.