Hello! Sam here, the mind behind Coleman Creative Solutions.
I have an array of experience in multiple fields from film and television through to local government and I am excited to provide you with what you need to succeed in an ethical, compassionate way.
I am a creative change-maker who is passionate about tackling poverty.
Growing up a young carer in a working class home, I've always been acutely aware of the impact poverty has on peoples' wellbeing, particularly under governments set on enacting austere policies.
My experiences as a child were a big part of what compelled me to stand for my local District Council when I was just 22. Not only did I win my election, but I gained more votes than any other candidate, including the much respected incumbent, a local greengrocer.
Throughout my first four year term in office, I gained a reputation amongst fellow councillors for my pursuit of the anti-poverty cause. Despite a global pandemic, I managed to deliver on all my election pledges as well as craft and pass a landmark anti-poverty strategy through the Council, despite being in a group of just two Labour Party Councillors in a much larger coalition arrangement.
I am now in my second term of office, having won the 2023 local election on a 10% vote share increase. Because of my hard work over the first four years, I now have a Cabinet Portfolio (Wellbeing, Equality and Age-Friendly Communities) and a role as Political Communications Officer within the Rother Alliance coalition group.
What I can offer
With a background in local government and election campaigning, I have a strong set of skills to deliver policy writing, leaflet/website design, speech writing, communications, crisis management, confidence coaching, problem solving, debate workshops and working under pressure.
I also have experience in the Film & TV industry, having spent my late teens/ early twenties as a jobbing actor (best known for playing Young Hodor in Game of Thrones). This gives me a unique perspective when it comes to speaking, presenting and use of media/film.
One of the things I enjoy doing most in my week is teaching at a local performing arts group, where I teach acting, film and games classes for children aged 8 to 18. Through this I have a solid knowledge of how to communicate and teach effectively, particularly when it comes to acting and film, as well as being an expert in delivering confidence building activities, improv/drama exercises and social deduction/role play games.
My passion for combatting poverty is also an asset and I am particularly interested in collaborating for social change.
Engaging and effective. The feedback was very positive. I was grateful for Sam's input. I would recommend Sam for promotional work and creative solutions!
(via LinkedIn, 2023)
Susan Prochak MBE
"I applaud Sam Coleman's talent in producing a really attractive, interesting site which draws the reader in to relevant information which is easily accessible."
(Following creation of rotheralliance.org, 2020)
Nina Gold CDG
“Finding Sam was an incredible stroke of luck. He somehow walked through the door. And you thought, my God, this is the most lucky day of all time.”
(Speaking to Vanity Fair, 2016)
"We knew we needed different options, which Sam did beautifully."
(Speaking to Wall Street Journal, 2016)
Experience & Qualifications
District Councillor for Bexhill SIdley Ward, 2019 - Present
Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Wellbeing, Equality and Age-Friendly Communities, 2023 - Present
Vice Chair of Human Resources Committee, 2023 - Present
Deputy Leader of the Rother Labour Group, 2019 - Present
Council Representative on the Board of Directors for Hastings Advice & Representation Centre (HARC), 2019 - Present
Council Representative on the Local Action Group of Connecting Hastings & Rother Together (CHART), 2020 - 2023
Substitute Council Representative for South East Employers, 2021 - 2023
Chair of the Rother Labour Group, 2019 - 2023
Chair of the Anti-Poverty Task & Finish Group, 2020 - 2023
Vice Chair of Licensing & General Purposes Committee, 2021 - 2023
Spokesperson for Young People and Child Poverty, 2020 - 2023
Member of the Planning Committee, 2019 - 2021
Member of the Climate Emergency Steering Group, 2019 - 2023
Member of Overview and Scrutiny Committee, 2021 - 2023