Our Community

A big warm welcome from the Make It Studios community...

Make It Studios launched in January 2018 offering shared workspace to the growing community of purpose-driven entrepreneurs ready to take their idea to the next level, who want opportunities to create connections with like-minded people, get access to support, resources and encouragement to achieve their goals - a space to live their life’s work

As a new community, we are working together to explore new ways of working that can contribute to our wellbeing and happiness and to develop a supportive, creative, active ecosystem working together towards more equitable society and sustainable planet.

If you would like to join the community or support our aims please get in touch we would love to hear from you.



Jules Ellison

Founding Director

As an accredited social enterprise business adviser, certified executive coach and educator, my focus is on developing the knowledge and expertise to help entrepreneurs realise their potential. I believe that working alone we achieve but together we thrive, at Make It we working with academic, public, private and third sector partners to create a supportive ecosystem for social and creative entrepreneurship and empowering local groups to harness entrepreneurial activity to regenerate and re-energise local economies. 


Co-Working Members

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Rachel Savage

Brand New Story

The idea for Brand New Story had been knocking around for a while. But the decision to finally 'go for it' was made the day Hillary lost the US election. Rachel Savage was ill with flu and driving her kids to school in her PJs. On her way home that little voice in her head simply told her:

'It’s time for Brand New Story – people will get it now.’

The world needs good stories more than ever and we all have our part to play. For our part, we're choosing to help companies and other organisations rewrite and transform the existing story of 'business as usual'. From a story of corporate greed, inequality and environmental destruction to a story of practicality, compassion, empathy and... well, love.



Kyla Evans & Debbie Bathurst-Elliott

Office Manager and Director/Architect RIBA at Studio BE Architecture for Wellbeing

Studio BE. takes an environmentally conscious approach to ‘whole building’ design with a focus on health and wellbeing. Our objective is to design and implement energy efficient, healthy and comfortable buildings that ‘join in’ and cooperate with the elemental cycles of nature.
Debbie's previous experience includes 5 years based in Pembrokeshire, working in practice for the therapeutic and ecological Architect and author Christopher Day followed by his protégé Julian Bishop, a talented Sustainable architect.
Further to then qualifying as an Architect she moved to Stroud and has over 10 years’ experience working for Austin Design Works, formerly David Austin and Associates, ADW/ DA&A.




Ruth Davey

Look Again Mindfulness Photography

Ruth has many years experience in running photography workshops, as well as being a professional, published and commissioned photographer in her own right. Her business Look Again helps people to expand their vision and to see their lives, their work and their world with fresh eyes. She runs workshops and training for staff and clients groups in business, charities, social enterprises, universities, and schools. She delivers photography commissions as well as sells her photographs.



Anna Thornhill

Artist, Film maker and Workshop leader

A textile artist with a Fine Art background and many years of experience working in community arts as a facilitator and project manager. I recently completed a City and Guilds Level 2 in Design and Stitch and have exhibited my work in Oxfordshire and Stroud.




Anne Thomas

CEO of Vtues

On a mission with Vtues to help unleash millions of individuals into volunteering opportunities by connecting with businesses to support employee volunteers, removing perceived barriers, rewarding engagement and providing a platform to match volunteers with voluntary organisations needs. CIPD qualified and CMI Diploma.







Pomme van Drie


As a seasoned maker and passionate about glass craft Pomme delivers our stained glass, fused glass and mosaic courses. 



Yael Hochenberg

Tutor - Nia Dance

I have been deeply enriched, privileged and blessed to be teaching Nia for the past 7 years! Nia ticks all the boxes for me!!I come from an extensive background of dancing (ballet, jazz, modern, flamenco, Duncan), music (I was a concert pianist, and now still teach and direct various choirs), and healing (Sound Healing and Reiki). I would be honoured to have you join me at either of my Nia classes here at the warm, welcoming, intimate space of ‘Make It Studios’!


yvonne wood

Yvonne Wood


Yvonne gained a BA Honours degree from Central St Martins in Fine Art Sculpture. She continued her postgraduate studies here and went on to qualify in Adult Education. Yvonne regularly exhibited in London and the surrounding areas. On moving to the Cotswolds, with its rich history of the woollen trade, she became interested in using wool and dry needle felt as a medium for expression.
Her work explores the soft textures, subtle blends of the wool combined with shimmering light effects. Yvonne is offering workshops in needle felt with mindfulness, Yvonne has been meditating for over 10 years and is an integral part of her daily routine.