We’re supporting Derby’s City of Culture Bid 2025

A message from Katapult Founders, Dawn Foote and Phil Higgins.

We wholeheartedly support Derby’s City of Culture Bid. It would be transformational for the city and its people.

We arrived in Derby in the late 1990’s to study Photography and Media at the University. Here is where we met fellow creative collaborators and established our business, Katapult, that designs themed attractions and experiences globally.

Derby remains our home and head office.

The city is quietly getting on making and creating, locally and globally. Collaborative working is at the heart of how we work and how the city works. We make things happen. Now is the time to show our colours, our ambition and showcase what Derby is. Rich in diversity, innovators, thinkers, designers, creators and makers.

Derby is ready to emerge as a city of culture. For the last 300 years, it’s been in the making. Let our story be experienced.


Dawn Foote​ is a Co-founder and CEO of Katapult. Recently given the Creative Industries Leader award, she has experience in guest destinations, the cultural sector and strategic collaborations. Dawn is a board adviser for Experience UK. Dawn has worked on everything from International projects, with Atlantis The Palm in Dubai to the development, global roll out of projects for LEGO & Merlin Entertainments through to more local projects in the UK.