About Us

Our Team

Artistic Director and CEO

Dr Errol Francis

Errol was appointed CEO of Culture& in 2016. He has substantial experience of community engagement around mental health and the arts with minority groups and was formerly Joint Programme Lead at the Sainsbury Centre of Mental Health and Programme Manager at the Department of Health Race for Health programme. He was programme manager at Arts Council England, Inspire Curatorial Fellowship Programme; Head of Arts at the Mental Health Foundation and artistic director of the highly acclaimed Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014, Acting Out Nottingham 2015 and Hysteria 2017-2018 public engagement programmes. He is Visiting Professor at the University of West London. Errol was awarded his PhD from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, where his research focused on postcolonial artistic responses to museums. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of West London in 2017.

Locum Lead Assessor and Course Tutor, New Museum School

Dana Goodburn-Brown

Dana is a dual professional with a Studio Arts & Art History foundation followed by Conservation training and a Master of Science (MSc) focused in Sustainable Heritage from UCL Bartlett. She is an accredited Archaeological Conservator; Director of a social enterprise (AMTeC Heritage Science CIC); and a BIIAB qualified Work-Based Learning Assessor with nearly 40 years’ experience in the heritage sector – working at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, Museum of London, and many other small museums. 

Dana has extensive experience in Community Volunteer Training & Management and public engagement with conservation, through her award-winning partnership project ‘Anglo-Saxon CSI: Sittingbourne’ (a conservation lab located in a shopping centre – IIC Keck Award 2012). Dana was a conservator and experimental archaeologist for Time Team and several other television programmes; she is particularly keen on investigating materials, the ways things are made and passing this knowledge on to younger generations. Dana has hosted several ICON and other interns in her business and also enjoys her work tutoring and assessing work-based learners for the Victoria and Albert Museum and Culture& learning programmes.

Strategic Development Manager

Ann Jones

Ann founded her company ArtProjects and Solutions in 2000 and brings to Culture& an international perspective and many years experience in working in the arts and heritage sector. She has devised and delivered creative programmes and strategic and organisational development projects for museums and cultural organisations across the UK and overseas; her clients include Arts Council England, British Council, Bacardi Global Brands, Qatar Museums Authority, V&A and Visiting Arts to name a few. Ann is also an internationally accredited coach and committed to supporting individuals, and organisations in reaching their potential.
‘I am so excited about joining the Culture& team! Our arts and cultural heritage belong to us all and I’m looking forward to helping Culture& open up opportunities so that everybody can enjoy their heritage.’
Internal Quality Assurer, New Museum School

Jill Notley

Jill is a learning & development professional with over 20 years’ experience of designing, developing and delivering work-based skills programmes. This has involved working with organisations both within the UK and overseas. In addition to being CIPD qualified, Jill is a qualified teacher, assessor and internal verifier, and her work focuses on supporting organisations to ensure the quality of the qualifications they deliver is to the highest standard, resulting in the best quality teaching and learning experience for the learners. Although fairly new to the culture & heritage sector, Jill is thrilled to be working in this exciting and dynamic environment, and with organisations and learners who are passionate about their specialism.
Lead Assessor and Course Tutor, New Museum School

Jenny Pistella

Jenny is a Heritage Learning Consultant and Work-based Learning Assessor. She is passionate about providing access to and facilitating engagement with culture for all. Jenny has over 12 years’ experience as a learning professional in the sector. This has included roles at Open House London, Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and UCL Museums. Jenny is a qualified Level 3 Assessor for the Diploma in Cultural Heritage. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), Chair for the Group for Education in Museums (GEM) London, a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Committee for Education and Cultural Action (CECA) and a judge for the Sandford Awards. Jenny is also a PhD researcher at the Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary University London. The title of her thesis is  Heart of Stone: how do we learn from places and spaces that no longer exist? an investigation into emotional heritage’.
Programme Coordinator
Samuel Pontin
Sam joined Culture& in 2017 with a BA Hons Degree from the University of York in History. While completing his degree Sam worked on a number of projects with Eastside Community Heritage, from audio transcription and design, to a pop-up Lottery Funded exhibition ‘Saving the Queens: Queens Market’, featuring oral histories of contemporary and past stallholders at Queens Market, Upton Park.
Sam has experience in admin, planning and coordination, organising and supporting a number of Culture& events including New Museum School Graduations and Sharing Days, and the ‘Imagination Café’ in collaboration with the University of West London, which toured Great Britain in 2018 and was on show at MOSTYN Gallery – Llandudno, Menier Gallery – Southwark, and the City Art Centre – Edinburgh. Sam is dedicated to ensuring the smooth running of all day-to-day operations, projects and events; to the benefit of advancing diverse arts, and heritage.
Finance & Operations Manager

Kate Sarley

Kate was born in Baghdad Iraq and raised in East London, her traditional Arab name is Innam Catherine bint Suhail bin Mohammed bin Salih al-Hashemi.

She trained in Technical Theatre and Stage Management at RADA before studying Arts Admin at Birkbeck College, University of London. Kate then spent over ten successful years as a Stage Manager for the RSC, Unicorn Kids Theatre and in the West End.

Having move into administration Kate worked for English Heritage, Soho Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Stratford East, before undertaking senior management contracts with Colchester Arts Centre, Talawa Theatre Company, Oval House, Daily Life Ltd, Jacksons Lane, Discover Centre for Children, Eastern Angles, Shape East Architectural Centre and Hoxton Hall.  Current clients include Culture&, Hans de Krester Associates and tiata fahodzi.

Kate is the proud mother of two amazing young adults and a couple of cats

Board of Trustees

Zahra Alidina

Lyn Gilpin

Svetlana Leu

Cedar Lewisohn

Caroline Monaghan-Fox

Catherine Pestano (Chair)

Jean Stevens