Mary Osborn | Artists’ Producer and Programme Co-ordinator
Marketing & Development
Katie Haines | Head of Marketing and Development
Grace McDonagh | Marketing Officer
Octagon Norman | Season for Change Communications Manager
Board of Trustees
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.
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 Regional Manager for the Americas and East Asia in the British Council’s Global Network Team – connecting the organisation’s work in those regions with the London headquarters and manages government relations. He was previously Head of Culture at Creative Europe Desk UK at the British Council. Since 2010, he supported hundreds of UK and other European organisations in developing 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.
Alex Rinsler is the Nine Elms Strategic Lead for Culture, employed by Wandsworth Council and working to ensure that Nine Elms becomes a vibrant cultural district. As an artist he makes large-scale interdisciplinary work with communities, exhibiting in cities around the world. He is a Trustee of the Art B&B in Blackpool and former creative lead, Blackpool Illuminations.
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.
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.