About Us

Our Team

Artistic Director and CEO

Dr Errol Francis

Dr Errol Francis is artistic director and CEO of Culture&. Errol studied photography and fine art at Central Saint Martin’s, University of the Arts London. His doctoral research at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London focused on postcolonial artistic responses to museums.

Errol’s background in mental health activism has influenced his arts practice such as his role as head of arts at the Mental Health Foundation and his directing of the Anxiety Arts Festival 2014, Cyborgs 2019 and his work in the curatorial research group PS/Y.

Errol is currently content producer for the Culture Box research project at the University of Exeter which promotes social interaction and public health through the arts in the time of Covid-19 for people living with dementia in care homes. He is visiting lecturer at the University of Greenwich, Goldsmith’s University of London and Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

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.’
Whose Heritage? Research Residency Manager

Sandra Shakespeare

Sandra is a museums arts and heritage consultant who loves working with people on interpretation, curatorial research, and participation strategies. Equality Diversity and Inclusion specialist trainer, panel moderator, and speaker. Sandra is a facilitator, coach, and collaborator, empowering emerging creatives and shaping conversations our sector needs. Her work has taken her across the UK, and internationally with organisations, such as, NYC and Concordia Universities, Museum Hue, AAMC, Gentle/Radical, Art Fund, English Heritage, Culture&, London Mayors Office, National Archives, National Trust, Cornwall Museums Partnerships and Black Cultural Archives. Sandra is director for community interest company Museum X, a founder member of Museum Detox and Black British Museum Project.’

Programme Manager
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.
Board of Trustees

Zahra Alidina

Lyn Gilpin

Svetlana Leu (Vice Chair)

Caroline Monaghan-Fox

Miranda Lowe (Chair)

Jean Stevens