Our Team

Tanya Steinhauser

Co Creative Director
Seed to Plate Enthusiast
It is such a privilege to work with a team of fellow Thrift devotees and to be able to bring together communities, artists, thinkers, craftspeople, businesses and dedicated enthusiasts to share skills and inspire one another.
I love spending time out of doors, whether that’s growing flowers, fruit and salads (the magic of a plant emerging from a tiny seed, never ceases to amaze me!), or the joys of foraging and connecting with the seasons when making a cordial or other treats or immersing myself into the North Sea on our doorstep.

Dominic Somers

Co Creative Director
ThriftyWanderlust enthusiast
I believe in creating experiences that interrupt people's every day with joy, meaning and shared connections. Thrifting is in my blood, I grew up in a single-parent family and learnt from my amazing mum the magical opportunities of charity shop bargains, recycling old stuff into income and how to love vintage. Jumble sales were my secret weapon to upcycle all my youth culture needs to new heights. Wandering into nature is a passion that feeds my soul and reminds me that real experiences are always the best to enrich our lives.

Morgan Rafter

Project Support Administrator
Guinea Pig Rescuer
The most rewarding part is knowing I am making a difference in people’s sustainable journey, encouraging and celebrating the ways people can be more sustainable and thrifty! Also, it is so rewarding working with like minded people and organisations. A thrifty activity I would like to try is furniture upcycling! I love the idea of putting some TLC and creating something fresh and new out of something old.

Lindsay Waller-Wilkinson

Volunteer Visioner
Bibliophile Thrifter
I've been a keen thrifter ever since my teens, when I first discovered the joy of second-hand shopping. Learning to knit and sew taught me to upcycle before it was even a thing, and led to a long career in fashion. More recently, I’ve loved being a charity bookshop manager, working with a team of amazing volunteers. Now, as Volunteer Coordinator for Festival of Thrift I get to do all my favourite things at once. What fun...

Rachel Smith

Particularly Remarkable PR
Inspired Fixer
I’m always getting the word out about the festival, but love seeing people’s faces when they realise that it’s even better than what they’d heard! How could you ever describe the wonders of an Atonement re-enactment, a lung cleaning station, a poetic story told in dramatic silhouette, or a thriftfest catwalk? I’m continually inspired, and next is to turn my hand to my own ‘Fix It’ projects, inspired by our own digital Cafe!

Jo Deans

Graphics genius
Waste warrior
As a freelancer, the Festival is a rare joy to develop designs for a project long-term and feel such team-spirit behind the work, championed by the inspiring Stella Hall. The yearly originality of new performances, alongside the comfort of favourites like the marching bands, is a wonder! It’s inspired me to test my own originality and turn my design skills to making a thrifty food tips guide.

Emma & Vik

Web Wizards
Beach Combers
Working alongside a team that is full of passionate, kind and inspiring women is one of the best things about ThriftFest. We are passionate about keeping our local beaches clean! Our fave festival memory is taking Emma’s sister along with us and getting involved in a dance off in the middle of a field with the folk dance remix group! They had their own beat boxer (who was amazing) and Sophie loved being able to let loose and have a dance with us both. We’ll never forget how much fun she had and the smile on her face afterwards!


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