About Us

About Us

Who is your neighbour?

Who is your neighbour? is inspired by people across the world opening their hearts and homes to our Ukrainian neighbours. It’s been created by a group of creatively-minded neighbours in North East England who wanted to put their thinking, writing and colouring-in skills to good use.

Funds raised from the sale of Who is your neighbour? will be donated to a Ukrainian-based charity, The Voices of Children Foundation. (Голоси дітей)

Voices of Children

Voices of Children has been helping children affected by war in Ukraine since 2015, providing psychological and psychosocial support to children to helps them overcome the consequences of armed conflict. Since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Voices of Children are providing non-stop assistance to affected children and families from all over the country by:

  • Providing psychological help to the children and parents that suffered from war
  • Delivering urgent assistance to women and children refugees from across Ukraine in relation to emergency accommodation and relocation
  • Arranging centres for conducting group sessions with children evacuated from the active warzone
  • Supporting individual families with children, who have suffered from war

Our Team

Di Gates

Di Gates

…had the idea for the book, wrote the words, and bossed people about.

Di runs communications consultancy Stick Theory - a collaboration consultancy that strikes the perfect balance between strategic planning and creative delivery - helping clients connect with humans, build responsible brands and thrive during periods of change.

Amy Irving

Amy Irving

…drew the cute, cheeky monkeys at the very start of the book.

Amy is a freelance Graphic and Web Designer based in Teesside, North East England with 17 years commercial experience. Outside of work Amy spends time with her two girls, husband and excitable springer spaniel!

Sharon Armstrong

Sharon Armstrong

…drew the furry friends having a cross-border cuddle.

Sharon is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in North Tyneside, with over 20 years experience in the creative industry. When she’s not creating eye-catching designs for her clients she loves beach walks with her family and scouring markets for vintage finds.

Nat River

Nat River

…drew the friendly folks skipping, arm in arm, from here to there.

Nat is freelance designer with over 18 years experience, based in sunny Blyth. Nat enjoys helping her clients with all things brand and web related. When she’s not designing Nat loves riding her bike, eating cheese scones, and spending time outdoors with her two boys.

Simon Wilson

Simon Wilson

…drew the feathery friends in their neighbouring nests.

Simon is the Principle Creative Lead at GCSEPod part of (The Access Group) based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Simon has 20+ years experience, dabbling in all things creative, including Brand Strategy, Web and Print Design, Branding and Corporate Identity, and Advertising.

Michael Sutton

Michael Sutton

…drew the super-smiley, be-tentacled monocular alien.

Michael is Co Founder + Creative Director at Altogether, a unique brand communication studio based in Newcastle. Michael has worked on brands for many arts, heritage and community projects across the UK and is passionate about the impact that good design can make.

Sarah Tempest

Sarah Tempest

… artfully pulled creatives together into this masterpiece.

Sarah is Co-Founder & Strategy Director at Altogether. With a love of all things Culture, Sarah brings passion and expertise to her work and is also an interior design whizz outside of the creative office.

Rich Endean

Rich Endean

… drew the street next door and included his dog, Elvis!

Rich is a Senior Design Consultant at Pickle Jar Communications based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Rich creates visual content across a variety of platforms and media and juggles his day job with managing Elvis the dog’s social media presence.

Rick Evans

Rick Evans

…built us a shiny website so people can buy us online!

Rick is a software developer at True Potential LLP and does lots of wizardry with code that the creative folk don’t really understand, but it’s very clever nonetheless.

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

…created the video about why we made the book.

Chris is an experienced film-maker based in Gateshead, running www.thehumanstories.co.uk. He helps a range of organisations to create videos that put people and their stories at the heart of their communications.

Potts

Potts

…printed our beautiful books for us!

Potts Print (UK), based in Northumberland, is one of the largest independently owned printing companies in the UK. And we totally love them! Thank you Potts!