Kim McDermottroe is most well-known locally for the fantastical creatures she brings to life for the flagship Northern Festivals. Kim’s formal education took her to Cleveland College of Art and Design in Hartlepool where she found her passion for creating and transforming the mundane into something wondrous. She went on to specialise in costume design and construction. This degree seeded the creation of Greener Lavelle, for which she won Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 and has been going strong for the past 17 years. Greener Lavelle has provided historical and fantastical creations for museums, theatre, carnivals and short film.

She has worked for museums throughout the UK and her work can be found locally in The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Preston Park Museum and parading the streets during Stockton International Riverside Festival.

She was also commissioned to produce Captain Cook Costumes for the 1770 Festival in Australia.