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.
Katherine Ferris is an Executive Director and Head of EMEA products at Morgan Stanley Investment Management where her team are responsible for the development, launch and maintenance of investment funds for global retail and institutional investors.
Katherine has an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management and a BA from Union College.
Joost Franken is an executive director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management in London supporting the international business on a variety of projects, including projects relating to governance and regulatory change.
He trained and worked as a corporate lawyer for more than eight years in the Netherlands at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.
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 is Head of Culture at Creative Europe Desk UK at the British Council. Since 2010 he 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.
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 is a freelance consultant providing project and production management, fundraising, and business and strategic planning services in theatre, screen, and heritage sectors. Her specialisms include the creative economy, regeneration, place-making, capital projects, partnerships and community development. Current clients include Creative Scotland where she is managing the implementation of Screen Scotland.
As a Director and CEO, she has led UK-wide and London cultural organisations including the Theatres Trust (2006-16), CIDA - the Cultural Industries Development Agency in east London (2001-2006), and Total Theatre (1992-1998). In 2017-18 she led on the development of London’s Creative Enterprise Zones at the Greater London Authority. She is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and the Royal Society of Arts and a member of UK Theatre, Federation of Scottish Theatre, ABTT, and the Institute of Fundraising. She is currently a board member of Arts Admin and Visit Theatres, and is Chair of the Panopticon 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.