Stuart Wood

Stuart Wood


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In Conversation: Stuart Wood

Stuart Wood is the executive director at boomsatsuma, an organisation that provides creative courses to young pioneers of the industry, helping them to fulfil their potential with a team of over 30 specialist staff.

Stuart Wood is the Executive Director of Boomsatsuma, a provider of post-16, secondary and primary level education alongside apprenticeships, art projects and community engagement initiatives, operating in southwest England.

Career Overview

Wood has been Executive Director of Bootsatsuma since 2011. The company was initially established to provide the highest quality provision for young people in the arts in the west of England. 

Since then, it has continually developed and broadened under Wood’s leadership to incorporate post-16, secondary and primary level education as well as apprenticeships, arts projects and community engagement. This development has come about thanks to Wood’s engagement in forming a collaboration with educators, employers and young people across the region, culminating in some of the most effective opportunities for young people across the southwest and beyond.

Wood has successfully grown Boomsatsuma into one of the region’s most innovative post-16 education providers, buoyed by an ethos of fuelling the next creative generation. This philosophy has driven the development of Boomsatsuma’s Media Production Diplomas, a popular set of post-16 courses which have immersion, opportunity and real-world experience as their core values. 

As of September 2018, Boomsatsuma boasted 300 students across more than ten centres, offering media production and professional acting diplomas. It also offers media courses at other regional venues such as Engine Shed, Ashton Gate Stadium, The Bottle Yard Studios, the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon, The Station in Bristol City Centre, and Pegasus Theatre in Oxford.

Wood has also made Boomsatsuma a respected provider of public sector contracts, with some of its notable obligations including the Bristol WORKS contract for the local authority and the establishment of a Participatory Arts Programme for Bath and North East Somerset Council.


Wood studied at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

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