Safe Staff

Brian Dawe


Brian was recently described as a ‘Creative Superhero’! With a background in music, he established SAFE Regeneration in 2000, developing as a participatory community artist working on many projects in the region. Under ‘The Captain’s’ leadership, SAFE has fostered the growth of a creative, community-led social enterprise cluster and now holds an enviable reputation for successfully facilitating community engagement and participatory public activities across many sectors in Northwest England.  Leading on the #destinationbootle community-led neighbourhood programme and heading up the team at Breaking Ground, Brian is focusing at a strategic level on supporting communities across the Northwest to deliver community-led housing projects which focus on empowering local people to offer local solutions to building community wealth. Brian says: “Bootle, like many communities across the Northwest, is changing and we consider it our responsibility to ensure that local people are involved in those changes and take advantage of the many opportunities they will create.” Creator of an original musical ‘Born by the River’ in 2000, Brian continues to write, perform and support the grassroots live music scene through the Lock & Quay Community Event Space.

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Jane Dawe

Director of Partnerships

Jane has a background in education,  strategy and marketing. Working with our consortium of creative practitioners, she establishes links with wider agencies to develop and evaluate strategies which encourage participation in community-led activities. She is also strategic lead on events, communications and promotions, as well as developing and delivering trans-national projects around creative programmes for disadvantaged groups. Co-writer of ‘Born by the River’ musical,  Jane writes and performs with Brian and the Lock House Band to support live music in community settings. She makes a good cake too!


Mike Walker

Volunteer Coordinator

Mike has over 9 years’ experience developing and working within community arts programmes. He came to SAFE on a training scheme and was soon encouraged to set up his own creative CIC. Since then he has become an invaluable member of the SAFE family – coordinating volunteers, supporting the #destinationbootle programme and overseeing groundworks and maintenance of the SAFE hub. Mike is an artist, a joiner and a creative all-rounder – he also sings and bakes, he’s basically a genius!


Les Carrington

Administrative Coordinator

Les came to SAFE to take part in a mosaic workshop and became so proficient that she now supports various groups by facilitating drop-in sessions across the region. Les welcomes everyone into the building with a friendly face and a cuppa, supporting the whole team with day-to-day administrative duties, technical expertise and a drawer full of chocolate!



Liv Johnson

Communications Officer

Liv began her career at SAFE working in the Lock & Quay Community Pub as part of the Access to Work training programme. After demonstrating a keen ability to develop the pub social media presence, increasing the reach to an extensive audience, Liv is now Comms lead across the SAFE organisational group. She also supports the finance team and (when we can persuade her) plays a pretty mean guitar!


Mo Dodd

Cleaning Fairy

Mo is at the heart of the SAFE family! She looks after us all, keeping everything spotless and comfortable, upholstering furniture, making Scouse, volunteering at every event and acting as unofficial ‘Mrs Christmas’ making sure we have Christmas Decorations everywhere!