Our Story

Organised KAOS has grown from a youth programme (Keeping Adolescents Off the Streets) into an awesomely fiery, anarchic Welsh circus, drawing deep on its Celtic roots

Step into our time machine

What began as a youth outreach project in 2007, has grown into an innovative and award-winning social business based in Gwaun Cae Gurwen, in the heart of South West Wales.

Organised KAOS Youth Circus Ltd incorporated on the 6th of January 2010 and launched as a social enterprise on the 1st of July of that year.

Our activities and goals were encompassed by our acronym:
Keeping Adolescents Off the Streets (KAOS). We took circus outdoors into the heart of our community, we played with fire, we changed lives.

Our roots are traditional, our approach is not.
Our social mission and business is now established as a force for change – we reinvest all profit from external events into job creation and subsidising our training school – supporting our circus community with regular affordable training locally & creating a Welsh circus legacy for future generations.

Our social circus company is thriving

Embracing the concept of social circus, we provide an art form that not only engages young people and our wider community but also cultivates optimism and broadens horizons inspiring our people to step beyond self-limiting beliefs and promoting equality through creative participation.

We incorporate the performance quality and artistic standards of a producing company with the community engagement and social mission of a genuine social enterprise, using circus as a catalyst for social change, we provide a voice which echoes through the community to ignite pride in both people and place.

We are an enterprising circus led by our social mission

CREATING community through Circus


Our company objectives are:

⭐️ to create a centre of excellence for Circus Training in South West Wales

⭐️ to motivate young people and adults to become involved in their communities

⭐️ to encourage people to participate in the Arts

⭐️ to empower young people to realise their potential

⭐️ to create sustainable employment

Meet the Organised KAOS Team

Organised KAOS is led by a committed & business experienced Board of Directors.

our Board of Directors

Nicola Hemsley-Cole, Founder & Artistic Director

Nicola is our Founder and Leader. Having trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, she had a successful acting career for over two decades before settling back home in Gwaun Cae Gurwen. Nicola founded Organised KAOS after realising that young people in her community were still facing the same barriers to participation as she did when she was young. Nicola's passion and commitment has allowed Organised KAOS to thrive and become a stable and self-financing operation that’s an asset to her local community and the Arts in Wales.

Rae Davies, Chair of the Board

Rae is an industrial entrepreneur with a passion for the development of business and people in Wales. She has been involved with Organised Kaos since its inception and has extensive experience in developing people, projects and new innovations. Rae has an MSc in Strategic Leadership and a keen interest in all things outdoors, especially Tractors, Land Hovercrafts and Motorbikes.

Phillip Gordon-Andrews, Finance Director

Phillip is a senior technical delivery manager with British Telecom Ltd, responsible for budgetary management of large IT projects delivered internationally for the company. Seeking a lifestyle change, Phillip’s family relocated from Oxford to Gwaun Cae Gurwen and here their children found OK. Having seen the positive impact first-hand as his children were regular attendees, Phillip began to volunteer. He saw the tremendous opportunity that OK provides for individuals to grow in skills and confidence and got more and more involved with his new creative community. Nicola invited Philip to join OK’s board upon learning of his financial background in 2013 - a role he remains immensely proud of to this day!

Sharon Sunderland, Company Secretary & Director

Sharon has been with OK since 2015 as Company secretary and Director. Her background is in foundation phase education with 22 years’ experience. Currently, Sharon is an employment advisor for a Welsh government employability project. Sharon is passionate about her community and has dedicated 4 years as a councillor to the community council - her drive is to ensure sustainability of local services to all residents. Sharon is immensely proud of OK’s achievements in continuing to offer platforms of opportunity for young people to be part of the circus family which opens so many future doors in so many ways.

Meet our team

We partner & work with many other freelancers & companies on our events – creative, technical & dynamic to creating an organisation that is truly of its place.

Joe Coward


Ilana Hardy

Ilana is a third year student in Circomedia. She came up through our Youth Programme and now works at OK as a Youth Trainer.

Meg Spiers

Meg is Nicola’s right hand woman. She’s fierce and is up for giving anything a try! You can either find her upside down on a pole or working on massive events.

Jac Morgan

Jac has been with OK for over a decade, and despite getting a degree in Cyber Security he keeps coming back, now helping with classes, events, marketing videos and OKs website.

Jayne Williams

Jayne is a regular volunteer on the project from aerial to ground based. She is passionate about active communities and never misses a moment to celebrate and share her joy of circus.

Leilu Suter

Leilu is a Youth Trainer who has come up through our Programme and is now employed by OK to deliver training on community events.

Justin Owen

Justin joined OK as a 16 year old. He is still here 10 years later! The original pyro maniac & dynamic community trainer.

Emily Davies

Emily is a volunteer enabler. She is passionately all about our circus community and Loves her aerial hoop.

Jonni Coleman

Jonni joined OK at a young age, and with a  background in Gymnastics he is willing to give anything a go; Whether it be aerial or ground based Jonni has worked with us on numerous community events.

Declan Keeley

Declan is one of OKs senior volunteer, joining us on classes and events to help teach youth the joys of circus.

Param Bansi

Param joined OK in 2020 as our caretaker, whilst studying for his exams. Despite joining us on numerous events, we are yet to convince him that he needs to run away to the Circus.

Join our team

We’re always welcoming people who share our mission and values to join the OK family!
We have many opportunities available – from volunteering on classes or helping us manage the training school. Whatever your interest, if you love what we do we want to hear from you!
Become involved in our friendly social circus community


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