Dr Emma Miles Named Community Engagement Officer

Dr Emma Miles appointed Community Engagement Officer, a new role funded by the National Lottery


St Mary’s is pleased to introduce Dr Emma Miles as our Community Engagement officer, a new role funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of St Mary’s ‘Creative Church’ regeneration project, which will begin this autumn.
Emma has a PhD in theatre from Royal Holloway, University of London, and is also a senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. Prior to joining St Mary’s, Emma was also the Learning Manager for Families, Schools and Communities at the Sir John Soane’s Museum in Holborn, London. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Cambridge, a PGCE from the University of Cambridge in Primary Education and a BA (hons) from the University of York in English Literature.
The ancient parish church of St Mary’s Walthamstow has been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to restore and re-order our 900-year old building and to enable thousands of people to explore the heritage and history of the church. Our project will also see St Mary’s become a creative centre, focussing particularly on live music, arts and gardening, which we will use to engage with the wider community and provide a range of new learning and participation opportunities for everyone.
Emma will help us implement this exciting vision by working with local partners, volunteers and other key stakeholders to deliver the community-based activities that will complement the construction programme and support engagement and learning.
Originally from Nottingham, Emma has also served as an Assistant Artistic Director at the Putney Arts Theatre and enjoys nature and long-distance walking. She previously walked the Yorkshire Way as well as a five-week section of the Camino de Santiago.