Errol Francis, Chief Executive
Errol Francis is passionate about the relationship between the arts and heritage and their potential to challenge audiences and change perceptions of the world. 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 at UCL. 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 and researcher. 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 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 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 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 scene, before creating the role of General Manager at Colchester Arts Centre and producing theatre at Talawa Theatre Company. Her consultancy practice Mitchell Productions specializes in creative producing, providing interim senior management support with a focus on change management and organizational development. She is also currently combines her role as Culture& Finance and Admin Manager with part-time Interim General Manager at Hoxton Hall.
Yejide Adeoye, Locum Programme Coordinator
Yejide loves analysing and testing IT systems with a view of improving efficiency and sharing knowledge.
Yejide has over 20 years of experience working on office operations, systems and logistics for private law firms, the Department for Justice, Arts Council England and various charitable organisations.
Yejide managed office moves, refurbishments and the purchase of telecoms and IT systems. A large part of what Yejide did involved setting up and maintaining new IT systems designed to make work practices and communications more efficient and less time consuming.
With over 10 years experience of working in visual communications, Yejide has worked on websites, promotional materials and email communications for charities, small business owners and creatives.
Layla Gatens, Media and Communications Trainee
Layla graduated from the University of East Anglia in History of Art, Anthropology and Archaeology, focusing her studies on the arts of Africa and Asia. Since graduating she has been developing her skills by working on a number of exhibitions, including No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 and the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. She is currently completing a work placement with Culture& as a Trainee Media Officer.
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.
Catherine Pestano (Chair)
Jean Stevens (Treasurer)