Errol Francis, Chief Executive
Errol is passionate about the potential of the arts and heritage as reflections of shared culture as well as vehicles for imagining new futures. Errol graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Social Policy and from Central Saint Martins in Photography and Fine Art and is a PhD Candidate at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. He has substantial experience of community engagement around mental health with minority groups. He was formerly Joint Programme Lead at the Sainsbury Centre of Mental Health, Senior Associate Coordinator at the Department of Health and was Inspire Programme Director at Arts Council England. Most recently he was artistic director of the highly acclaimed Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014. He has recently directed the Acting Out Nottingham 2015 public engagement programme and is director of the curatorial group PS/Y.
Karen Alexander, Curator of Programmes
Karen is an independent film and moving image curator, researcher and educator. She has worked for the BFI, and was formerly Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art Inspire Curatorial Programme and has worked with a wide range of institutions and galleries, including Film London, Bristol Watershed, Tate, Birkbeck University of London and Autograph ABP. In 2014, Karen founded Curating Conversations, a peer-led professional development initiative for visual arts practitioners. She curated Whip It Good: Spinning From History’s Filthy Mind by the Danish/Trinidadian artist, Jeannette Ehlers in 2015 and the 2016 inaugural touring season of the Black Atlantic Cinema Club.
Jenny Wedgbury, Trainee Assessor
Jenny is an experienced and dedicated museum professional with a passion for engaging audiences with history, heritage and culture. She has over 12 years’ practical experience of working as an educator in museums, galleries and heritage sites so has a firm grounding in practice. She has worked at Open House London, Historic Royal Palaces, V&A and UCL Museums. She combines this practical experience with an academic grounding in theory through her role as visiting lecturer on the MA in Museums and Galleries in Education at UCL Institute of Education. Jenny is training towards the role of Lead Assessor for the Culture& QCF Diploma in Cultural Heritage and is co-convenor of the Group for Education in Museums and is currently studying towards a PhD in Heritage Learning at the UCL Institute of Education.
Kate Sarley, Finance and Administration Manager
Kate Sarley trained in Stage Management at RADA and in Arts Administration at Birkbeck University of London. She has worked as a Stage Manager for over ten years with contracts at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Court Theatre. She then moved further behind the scenes, before creating the role of General Manager at Colchester Arts Centre and producing theatre at Talawa Theatre Company. Her consultancy practice Mitchell Productions specialises in creative producing, providing interim senior management support with a focus on change management and organisational development.
Yejide Adeoye, Locum Programme Coordinator
Yejide Adeoye is educated in Human Geography and Mass Communications, and has co-ordinated programme activities for Creative Partnerships, the Royal College of Art and Carinval Village. As a small business owner, Yejide provides professional consultation services on Secure Integrated Business IT systems.Yejide has provided digital skills training and solutions to Newham Council, Newham College’s Centre for Innovation and Partnerships (CIPS) and the Canary Wharf Group.
Sofia Santini, Associate Intern
Sofia Santini is an undergraduate student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, New York. She is currently in her third year of her B.S. Public Relations degree, with a minor in English and Textual Studies. Her past experience includes working with media and arts communications industries as well as not-for-profit environmental organisations. Sofia is interested in widening her experience within the arts media and PR as well as the not-for-profit sector and recently completed her internship at Culture& as a Communications Officer.
Board of Trustees
Catherine Pestano (Chair)
Jean Stevens (Treasurer)