Meet the team
Interim Head of Professional Development
Relationship Manager (Stoke-on-Trent)
Studios Operations Manager
Head of Social Practice
Head of Operations
Curator, Social Practice
Head of Communications
Project Assistant, Social Practice
Sara Nunes Fernandes
Head of Fundraising
Chief Executive Officer
Alex is an HR Director with over 25 years of experience and has worked in senior roles in organisations including St Paul’s Cathedral, Conran, English National Opera and Armani amongst others. She’s experienced in areas including Culture and Leadership, Employee Relations, Recruitment, Talent Management and Global Mobility. She is also a sculptor, mother and volunteer including for the homeless charity Glassdoor.
Alice has worked in some of the UK’s leading cultural organisations including Saatchi Gallery, Artangel, Royal Academy of Arts and was part of the team that conceived and delivered the award-winning 14-18 NOW programme, connecting people with the First World War by working in partnership with heritage and arts organisations across the UK to commission artists such as Rachel Maclean, Jeremy Deller and John Akomfrah.
Caspar van Eijck
Dutch national Caspar works in finance with global asset manager PIMCO, with European institutional clients such as pension funds and insurance companies.
He has lived in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He grew up with a passion for the arts and has fulfilled multiple roles in the charity sector. Caspar holds a master’s degree in general economics from the University of Maastricht and has studied art and art history at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Jeff has been a chartered accountant for over 30 years, having been CFO for a range of businesses, primarily in real estate, including a Housing Association, small start-ups and listed companies. He has significant experience of business finance, strategy, governance and risk management. Having worked for himself for a number of years he has an understanding of the pressures for individuals running their own businesses and those seeking small professional space from which to operate.
Michelle Kershaw (Chair)
Michelle is a consultant and a property lawyer with extensive experience working in the City of London with tier 1 and international firms. Her experience includes commercial property investment, residential development, finance and asset management. She sits on the South East Committee for the Association of Women in Property and was its Chairman from 2018 to 2019. She is a Board Advisor for Gleensite, a proptech company using machine learning and big data for predictive analysis in the real estate market.
Paul is an award-winning placemaking consultant working with public- and private-sector clients on broad-based regeneration schemes. He specialises in socio-economic and cultural place-based strategies and projects, which support resilient mixed communities. Recently, Paul conceived and delivered Poplar Works, a fashion hub in East London, with partners London College of Fashion and the GLA; and helped set up the Mayor of London’s Creative Land Trust.
Rebekah founded public affairs and communications agency Snapdragon Consulting in 2010 before managing its acquisition by PLMR in 2017. She has 20 years of experience providing policy and political advice across the housing and built environment sectors with experience in both national and local government. Rebekah’s key specialities include political communications, stakeholder relations, communications in property, development, regeneration, waste procurement, PFI and construction communications.
Yasmin is a journalist and strategist with a specialism covering the arts, macroeconomics and fashion. Born and raised in Brent, Yasmin studied Classics and English Literature at the University of Birmingham, before embarking on a career in publishing. Writing for a number of national publications Yasmin is passionate about championing the importance of craft, creative enterprise and responsible design. As a strategist, Yasmin manages a diverse portfolio of culture and placemaking programmes. Working with investors and developers, Yasmin is committed to demonstrating the social and economic value of culture and its role in supporting inclusive regeneration and positive growth.
Our creative associates
Zute Lightfoot (Mentor)
Aasha Joy John
Felix Fuller Kerley
Sadie St Hilaire
Our other associates
Sara Whitton (My Management Accountant)