We’re a small but mighty team!

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Fiona Venables

As Director, Fiona provides us leadership and maintains a strategic overview of all aspects of the Arts Centre’s work, reporting to our Board of Trustees (see below!).

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Claire Sapsford

Claire spends her time finding new ways to connect people to the work we do, increasing engagement with our communities, artists and partners.

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Emma Barford

Our Project and Event programmes are headed up by Emma. Always ambitious, exciting and accessible to all; we aim to improve people’s lives and have a lasting legacy.

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Zoe Cheng

Managing all our venue hire bookings alongside all our social media channels, Zoe is keeping you up to date with what we're up to, on and off site.

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Kay Taft

Operations and Finance are overseen by Kay. This includes financial reporting duties, governance and site maintenance.

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Daniel Chehade

Daniel helps to create an effective online presence for the programme and is always looking to better connect and represent what goes on at the Arts Centre.

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Our multi-talented board supports our work and bring heaps of experience with them.

Previous Trustees include
Sarah Davies, Freelance fundraiser, bid writer and copywriter
Oona Grimes, Artist
Lorna Gemmell, Head of Communications, Barbican
Fennah Podschies, Head of Resources & Enterprise, Modern Art Oxford
Arzu Rezvani Webb, Radiologist, Barts Health NHS Trust
Jayne Flint, Employment Lawyer, Shoosmiths
Tom Molloy, Deputy Head Teacher, Gifford Park Primary School
Tara Lovelock, Headteacher, Great Linford Primary School

Chair – Laura Keen FCA, Honorary Treasurer at MK Arts and Heritage.

Allawee Albaghdadi, Property Lawyer, EMW Law. Allawee is a real estate lawyer with considerable experience gained working in-house for a former FTSE 100 retailer as well as private practice.

Dr Haithan Askar is a Senior Consultant Director at Cavendish Management Resources and a Visiting Professor at the University of Northampton, with extensive experience in the construction industry and research interests in project management, building information modelling and sustainability.

Alice Barnett is Head of Marketing at Queen’s, a London-based fine art shipping and specialist art logistics provider that serves the world’s top galleries, museums and private clients.

Jonathan Clements, Senior Project Manager at xi, a multi-disciplinary design & construction consultan. Jonathan is a Chartered Project Management Surveyor with a First Class Honours Degree in Building Surveying.

Kyle Kirkpatrick, Deputy Head of School: Arts and Media at MK College is a practicing artist with a First Class Honours in Fine Art from Norwich University of Arts. Recent exhibitions included MK Calling 2020, MK Gallery; Bankley Open 2018, Bankley Studios + Gallery, Manchester; and NN Contemporary Open 2018, NN Contemporary, Northampton.

Michael Smythe, Artist, Producer and Founder of Nomad Projects. Michael studied installation, performance and art history at the Australian National University, Canberra, and Hochschule Der Künste, Berlin.

Emma Stone is an FCA Chartered Accountant with 15 years experience in Finance, Risk and Assurance roles within practice and the FTSE 50. She is currently the Head of Finance for the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, a non-profit organisation that compensates victims of uninsured and hit-and-run motor accidents.

Valerie Wallersteiner has worked in art and architectural as well as mainsteam publishing (Academy Editions, Harper Collins Publishers) and the commercial gallery world, most recently as associate director of Jessica Carlisle Gallery in London. At the local level, Valerie served on the MK Gallery board's steering committee responsible for stewarding the new multi million pound extension.

We also rely on a loyal and dependable team of volunteers throughout the year and across our work.

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