Feimatta Conteh is the Programme Manager at FutureEverything – an innovation lab for digital culture in Manchester; FutureEverything explores the meeting point of technology, society and culture which lies at the heart of the digital debate. Feimatta is responsible for strategic development and delivery of FE’s portfolio of innovation, art and design projects.
Prior to this Feimatta was is the Technology Programme Manager at Arcola Energy and Theatre; Arcola leads the field in embedding sustainability in arts organisations. Feimatta worked in the field of sustainability for a number of years and is passionate about new ways of looking at the world.
Outside of work, Feimatta is deeply involved with an educational outdoors children's charity both administratively and in the field – she enjoys building communities and helping young people interact with nature.
Charles Garrad (chair)
Charles Garrad studied Fine Art and spent the early part of his career making his own work and teaching in art schools.
In his ‘Cinematic Environments’, which have been widely exhibited in the U.K. and abroad, the viewer is guided through constructed spaces which conjure up mood, tension and narrative using objects, images, sounds, and fragments of architecture.
He cut his teeth as a film production designer in the world of pop promos and commercials, then moved on to TV drama and feature films.
‘Waiting For You’, a feature film he has co-written and directed, was completed in 2017. His other credits as a director include That Time by Samuel Beckett which was part of Beckett on Film, and Time Passing, a series of six films for the BBC.
He is chair of The Shelagh Cluett Trust and runs a small property portfolio.
Stella Hall, FRSA, is a freelance producer with a passion for connecting people and place through culture. She co-founded the Green Room, Manchester’s first arts centre and has worked in a number of high profile roles since, including Director, Warwick Arts Centre and Head of Culture, Queen’s University/ Festival Director, Belfast Festival at Queen’s. She was Deputy Chief Executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, running the Culture10 programme of events across the region until it ended in 2010. She then became Festival Director of the year-long Preston Guild 2012 celebrations for which she received an Honorary Fellowship from University of Central Lancashire.
She is founding Festival Director of the Festival of Thrift which celebrates sustainable living in Redcar. It has twice won Best Event Teesside, Tourism England’s Best Event NE and the Observer Ethical Award for Arts and Culture.
She was an inaugural “Canny Creative” and advised the British Council on arts programme development and UK connections in Turkey, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Alongside regular arts consultancies she mentors young professionals across the UK.
Stella is also Vice Chair Wildworks Theatre, Cornwall, ISIS Arts, Newcastle and a Board member of Rosie Kay Dance. She is a Council Member of Queen Mary University, London.
Christoph Jankowski has been running the Culture side of Creative Europe Desk UK since 2010 and has supported hundreds of UK and other European organisations in developing exciting arts, culture and heritage focused partnerships, projects and successful Creative Europe applications. He is an expert in European cultural policy and the impact of European collaboration on the sector, and is well connected through a number of European networks. Christoph has developed particular expertise, through necessity, on the possible impacts of Brexit on the cultural and creative sectors. He grew up in Brussels, is of German and American heritage and lives in Bow, East London.
Lois Keidan is the co-Founder and co-Director of the Live Art Development Agency, London. Established in 1999, the Agency has responded to the innovative and diverse nature of Live Art in the UK by developing an extensive portfolio of resources, professional development initiatives and curatorial and publishing projects.
From 1992 to 1997 she was Director of Live Arts at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Prior to that she was responsible for national policy and provision for Performance Art and interdisciplinary practices at the Arts Council of England. Prior to that she worked at the Midland Group, Nottingham and at Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh.
She has been awarded Honorary Fellowships by Dartington College of Arts (1999) and Queen Mary, University of London (2009).
Freya Murray is Creative Lead at the Google Cultural Institute Lab. The Lab is a place where tech and creative communities come together to share ideas and discover new ways to experience art and technologies.
Prior to Google, Freya ran Stamp-House, an arts development consultancy, working with artists, arts organisations, brands and broadcasters to develop and producer a range of creative projects. Clients included, Sky Arts, Sky Academy, BFI, The Space (BBC / Arts Council), Hellicar & Lewis. Before then, Freya was an Arts Manager at Sky working on Sky's off air investment in the arts, where she set up the Sky Academy Arts Scholarships to support emerging artists aged 18 – 30.
Alison Ritchie is a production manager working in all areas of theatre and opera. She was at the Royal Court Theatre for many years but has been freelance since 1989. Recent work has been for Hampstead Theatre, Grange Park Opera and Artichoke.
Mhora Samuel is the Director of Mhora Samuel Cultural Projects and Senior Policy Officer, Creative Enterprise Zones for the Mayor of London.
She was Director of the Theatres Trustfrom 2006 to 2016, promoting the better protection of theatres across England, Scotland and Wales where she successfully led on the campaign to include cultural wellbeing in the National Planning Policy Framework. Prior to that she was CEO of CIDA, the Cultural Industries Development Agency providing business advice and supporting the growth of artists and creative businesses in east London. Previously she was Director of Total Theatre where she developed Total Theatre Magazine and established the Total Theatre Awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Mhora is also a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the Royal Society of Arts, the Association of British Theatre Technicians and the Institute of Fundraising. She also sits on the boards of Theatre Delicatessen and Visit Theatres and is Chair of the Friends of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust in Glasgow.
Jeremy Smeeth is Chief Operating Officer at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London and began working in performing arts management in 1997. From 2012 to 2015 he was Finance Director at Southbank Centre and prior to that Director of Finance and Administration at National Theatre of Scotland for four years. Previously he was Finance Director at Artsadmin and Finance Manager for Shared Experience, Company of Angels, International Workshop Festival, Chickenshed and the Orange Tree Theatre.