About Us

Our Team

Chief Executive

Errol Francis

Errol was appointed CEO of Culture& in 2016. He has substantial experience of community engagement around mental health with minority groups and was formerly Joint Programme Lead at the Sainsbury Centre of Mental Health. He was artistic director of the highly acclaimed ‘Anxiety Arts Festival’ London 2014, and the ‘Acting Out’ Nottingham 2015 public engagement programme. He is currently director of the curatorial group PS/Y and a PhD Candidate at the Slade School of Fine Art, where his research focuses on artist responses to museums.

Errol’s has written many published articles over the years, some of which are below:

Museums Journal

Finance and Administration Manager

Kate Sarley

Kate trained in Technical Theatre and Stage Management at RADA and then gained a diploma in Arts Admin from Birkbeck, University of London. She then spent over ten successful years in Stage Management, before moving in to Administration and worked for a variety of organisations including English Heritage, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Soho Theatre Company.  In the last 15  years Kate has undertaken a number of senior management contracts for clients such as Colchester Arts Centre and Talawa Theatre Company, Oval House, Daily Life Ltd, Jacksons Lane, Discover Centre for Children, Eastern Angles, Shape East Architectural Centre and Hoxton Hall, specialising in creative producing, financial and administrative management.

Admin Coordinator

Samuel Pontin

Sam has a BA Hons Degree from the University of York in History. He has experience in admin, event planning and coordination as well as a great deal of experience in public engagement, and joined Culture& in October 2017. Sam is dedicated to ensuring the smooth run of all operations, projects and events; to the benefit of promoting, the arts and heritage.


Board of Trustees

Catherine Pestano (Chair)

Ashley Elsdon

Caroline Monaghan-Fox

Vidya Thirunarayan