Who Works Here
Miriam is an arts executive and business leader from the UK who specializes strategic development in cultural organisations and the creative industries. She joined Lighthouse in April 2007 as Operations Director and became Executive Director in 2012.
As Executive Director, Miriam is responsible for managing the Lighthouse team, developing Lighthouse’s business and communications, managing the organisation’s finances, setting policy, and – in collaboration with the Artistic Director – the business plan and strategic position of the organisation.
Since joining Lighthouse Miriam has overseen the successful development of venue operations and events, building a vibrant hub for events and training, hosting a community of creative businesses, and fostering key relationships in Brighton’s digital creative industries. She sits on the management board of Brighton Digital Festival.
Before joining Lighthouse, Miriam worked at the Gardner Arts Centre, a contemporary art gallery and performance venue in Brighton, developing front of house services.
Prior to her move into arts administration, Miriam was a successful musician and practising artist, delivering projects for Island Records, Rough Trade and Skint Records. During her musical career Miriam was a multi instrumentalist and songwriter in her own band, while also working with other independent artists as a co-writer and player on individual performances, tours and recording dates across the UK.
Miriam has a Fine Art degree from the University of Brighton, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Sussex.
Associate Artistic Director, Last Dance
Elijah is an electronic music producer and co-founder of influential grime label Butterz, described by the Guardian as “one of the genre’s smartest operations”. He and the core artists (Flava D, Swindle & Royal-T) on the label he runs with his partner Skilliam have toured globally and have been a fixture across the club and festival circuit since 2010.
He held a residency at London’s fabric from 2013-2016, and broadcasted weekly on the then pirate, now community station Rinse FM from 2008-2014. It’s seen him collaborate with all of the top tier artists in Grime such as Skepta, JME, Wiley, Kano and Stormzy.
His work spans music programming, journalism, a&r and artist management, and shines a light on the artistic, social and economic challenges and opportunities for emerging artists. His podcast series Rhythm&Cash® explores these issues head on with MCs, Producers and Journalists talking openly about how they make a living.
As Associate Artistic Director, Elijah will produce ‘Last Dance’ a series of critical club nights, with talks, performances and online publications, that takes the debate on the road and into clubs and galleries in cities across the UK, for a timely and urgent look at the rapidly changing landscape for artists and creative communities. A final manifestation in Brighton in 2018 will celebrate and support radical club culture as a communal platform for creative expression.
Emily heads all film production and talent development initiatives, including the recent BAFTA nominated BFI Shorts scheme, and Guiding Lights, the UK film industry’s leading mentoring programme.
Before joining Lighthouse in 2006, Emily worked in production on over 30 feature films (mostly international co-productions) featuring some of cinema’s best-known stars, including Al Pacino, Naomi Watts, Christopher Walken, Robert de Niro and Michael Caine.
As Senior Producer at Lighthouse, Emily is responsible for a number of large-scale production and talent development projects. These include the BFI Shorts scheme, on which she oversaw the selection, production and delivery of 17 high-level fiction shorts. The films have received numerous accolades, including three BAFTA nominations, European Film Academy, BIFA and IFTA nominations, and various leading industry awards such as the Canal+ Award at Cannes Film Festival and a Welsh BAFTA.
In 2010 Emily executive produced a slate of shorts with BBC Film Network. Four films were produced, of which one received an Academy Award nomination, and another was nominated for a BAFTA. She also oversees the Guiding Lights mentoring scheme, which has run for nine years and matches talented filmmakers with the likes of Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Clio Barnard, Sam Mendes, Abi Morgan, John Madden, Lone Scherfig, Kenneth Branagh and many of cinema’s other leading lights.
Creative Producerandrew (at) lighthouse (dot) org (dot) uk
Andrew joined Lighthouse as Creative Producer in August 2013. He is a creative producer with a background in design, web technology, connected communities, and making. As Creative Producer at Lighthouse, Andrew leads on the development and production of a selection of our programmes of digital culture and art, including a brand new interdisciplinary studio programme, to be launched in 2014.
Before joining Lighthouse, Andrew was head of strategy at digital agency Worth. He then spent 3 years freelancing as a digital strategy consultant, working in marketing, innovation and customer collaboration. In 2011, he co-founded Brighton Mini Maker Faire, the festival of DIY technology and grassroots innovation. In 2013, he co-founded Hardware Startup, a network for hardware makers and entrepreneurs.
His interest is in the opportunities opened up by ubiquitous access to digital tools, and the power of networked communities to innovate, create and effect change.
Sian joined Lighthouse in 2012. She manages Guiding Lights and a portfolio of projects across our programme of digital culture, art and film. Most recently, Sian produced The Sprawl, a feature-length film, multi-channel video installation, and episodic online documentary by Dutch artists Metahaven, which premiered at Rotterdam’s IFFR and Berlin Transmediale. Past projects include the successful seminars, Streaming Out for Digital Audiences in 2012 and reFramed for Brighton Digital Festival 2013.
Before joining Lighthouse Sian worked in development, initially for the UK Film Council’s First Feature Stream, and most recently for the BFI’s Film Fund. She began her career at BBC Panorama, moving to Poisson Rouge Pictures in 2005, where she worked for four years as Creative Executive and Production Coordinator. Sian worked on several UK and international productions including Francois Ozon’s ‘Angel’, Luca Guadagnino’s ‘I Am Love’ and Marek Losey’s ‘The Hide’, and in development on Bola Agbaje’s ‘Gone Too Far’. She produced her first short film ‘The Holiday’ in 2010.
Sian currently shares the project management of Guiding Lights with Alex Thiele.
Emma joined Lighthouse as Administrator in 2005 and has been our brilliant General Manager since 2013. As General Manager Emma oversees the smooth running of our office and venue, manages our operations team and oversees event management and project support for all Lighthouse activities. She also supports the Executive Director with fundraising, commercial operations, board and stakeholder liaison and general organisational management
She is a graduate in Graphic Art & Illustration and an expert doodler happiest creating Photoshop wonderlands. In her previous roles at Lighthouse she carried out our marketing, print design, and all of our administration. She is the heart and soul of the organisation and can often be found providing the warmest welcome in Brighton to our guests, visitors, audiences, colleagues and tenants at Lighthouse.
Communications and Development Manager
Aleida joined Lighthouse in March 2015. She manages all of Lighthouse’s communications online, in print and in person. She is responsible for keeping our audience engaged via the web, social media, and at our events and educational programmes.
Before joining Lighthouse Aleida worked as a digital editor at Time Out Communications in London, overseeing the editorial firstly of the Time Out London website and then the Time Out Travel website and iPhone apps. She has a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Screenwriting and continues to make art and write scripts in her free time.
Kate joined Lighthouse in March 2017 as Communications Coordinator. She supports the planning and delivery of Lighthouse’s online and print communications, creating engaging content for Lighthouse audiences.
Before joining Lighthouse Kate worked in communications for an international health charity, producing multimedia content for web and social media. She is a musician, writing and releasing music on independent Brighton labels. She has an MA in Modern European History and her thesis on the punk movement in East Germany was published in 2014.
EVENT AND PROGRAMMES COORDINATOR
Kizzie joined Lighthouse in 2015. She supports the programme team with event coordination, programme research, artist and speaker liaison and event logistics across our artistic programme. Kizzie also helps with the general running of the busy venue and office.
Kizzie is the first point of call for any visitors and any enquires to Lighthouse. She also manages all of the gallery assistants when exhibitions are taking place.
Kizzie graduated from The Arts University Bournemouth where she studied Arts and Events Management. During her time there she organised several photography exhibitions, club nights and craft workshops. In her last year she project managed SouthMade Craft Festival, which won Best Event 2015 in the The West Beach Award. Alongside this she has volunteered with youth project workshops engaging young people in the arts.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Our Board of Trustees is a voluntary body which has legal responsibility for the overall governance and management of Lighthouse. Its members bring a wide range of skills and knowledge to the organisation.
Antony Mayfield (Chair, appointed February 2015)
Antony Mayfield is CEO and founding partner of digital strategy agency, Brilliant Noise.
Brilliant Noise is an agency specialising in brand, content, customer experience and leadership/culture change. Clients include American Express, Porsche, EDF Energy, Picturehouse Cinemas, Google, Action for Children and The Financial Times.
In 2006 he founded the content and social media teams at Spannerworks/iCrossing, which became the largest independent digital marketing firm in the world, before being sold to Hearst Media in 2010. Prior to iCrossing, Antony spent a decade in journalism and corporate communications, most recently as a director in the Bell Pottinger Group.
He is the author of the best-selling book on how to manage personal reputation online, Me and My Web Shadow, which has been published in several countries by A&C Black/Bloomsbury. He has also written a number of e-books, the most well-known of which, “What is Social Media?” has been downloaded tens of thousands of times, placed on reading lists for top business schools and translated into Chinese.
He’s also lectured on digital media, culture and strategy for students and faculty at academic institutions including Imperial College, Warwick Business School, Cardiff University School of Journalism, University of Sussex and Wake Forest University Business School.
Antonia Blocker (appointed May 2015)
Antonia Blocker is a London-based curator predominantly concerned with how audiences engage with artistic practices beyond the exhibition format.
She is currently Curator: Public Programmes, at Whitechapel Gallery, London, where she has organised events with artists and performers including Daniel Buren, Oliver Coates, Amalia Pica and Heather Phillipson, among many others.
Antonia previously worked at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Serpentine Galleries, both in London, as Associate Curator – Talks and Assistant Curator, Public Programmes respectively.
In a freelance capacity, she has organised exhibitions and events at Flat Time House; Gasworks; The Showroom – all in London; and at LOOP, Barcelona.
HELEN KENNEDY (APPOINTED MAY 2015)
A leading figure within the gaming industry, Helen has been researching and writing about games since 1993. She co-organised the first UK International conference on games, Game Cultures, and co-founded the Play Research Group at UWE (University of West England). Helen is also an active member of the Women in Games (WiG) steering committee and is a Co-Investigator in the International collaboration, ‘Feminists In Games’.
Currently, she is Deputy Head at the School of Art, Design and Media at the University of Brighton. Prior to this Helen was a resident at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, which brings together artists, designers and researchers to produce new forms of media experience.
RIFA THORPE-TRACEY (APPOINTED MAY 2015)
Rifa Thorpe-Tracey has two decades of experience in project management in the tech and creative industries. She is an advocate for women in business, with interests in complementary therapies, social activism and the arts, especially music.
Rifa began her career in the first dot.com boom, managing the design and build of Channel 5’s first website, Pete Townshend’s Lifehouse project and Grant Naylor’s original online presence for Red Dwarf.
Relocating to Brighton in 2003, Rifa worked with agencies including iCrossing, Clearleft and Ribot. She is now a Senior Producer at Brilliant Noise. She has overseen projects with The Wellcome Trust, Channel 4, DACS, Microsoft, Aviva, the NHS and many others, most recently Action For Children and Picturehouse Cinemas.
In 2011 Rifa started the Brighton chapter of the SheSays global network, to connect and empower women in the tech and creative industries. In 2015 she founded Refigure to help businesses improve productivity by placing wellbeing at the heart of their environment.
Rifa has also been a radio and club DJ, international meditation leader, rock band tour manager and written articles for CNN, Sunday Times and Brighton Independent.
TONY PILGRIM (APPOINTED MAY 2015)
Tony is Head of Strategy, Planning & Scheduling at BBC Radio 4 and 4extra. He leads the development of Radio 4’s digital evolution, ensuring that strategic priorities are built into the planning and scheduling of the network.
Tony has 15 years’ experience operating at senior level at the BBC, having also worked in the private sector prior to joining the organisation. He has a Masters in Decision Analysis, and has consulted on project management, decision-making and prioritisation.
SARAH MCKENZIE (APPOINTED MAY 2015)
Sarah has 25 years’ experience working in the creative industries. She established her company, Creative Screen Associates (CSA) in 2011, to work on innovative and challenging projects in this fast-moving and diverse field across the UK, Europe, North America and Asia.
She has substantial experience of delivering research, strategy, business development, creative projects, promotion and audience development initiatives at the international, national and regional level. She works with the creative industries, government stakeholders and other partners.
Before setting up CSA, Sarah led the UK’s export promotion brief for the UK Film Council as Head of Export Unit, and was previously the organisation’s Head of International Marketing and Head of Marketing at the British Film Commission.
Prior to this she was Festival Director of the Birmingham International Film and TV Festival – having already produced many multi-arts and film festivals, large-scale outdoor events and events in unusual spaces. She has worked on live outside broadcasts for television and set up and ran Rushes Soho Shorts for several years.
Matt Adams (appointed November 2011)
Matt co-founded Blast Theory in 1991, an artists’ group renowned for its multidisciplinary approach pioneering the use of new technologies within performance contexts. The group has collaborated with scientists at the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham since 1997. Blast Theory presents work internationally and has been nominated for four BAFTAs and won the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica. Matt has curated at Tate Modern and at the ICA in London and has taught widely. He was a Thinker In Residence for the South Australian Government in 2004. He is a Visiting Professor at the Central School of Speech and Drama, an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter and a Regional Council Member of Arts Council England.
Antony Gostyn (appointed September 2010)
Antony is a solicitor with many years of experience working in film, television and the cultural sector. He is one of the founding partners of Swan Turton. Prior to this, he was a partner at The Simkins Partnership for ten years, having spent several years in the legal department of the EMI Group and two years as the Business Affairs Manager of THORN EMI Video, before returning to private practice.
Antony is the author of the 1991, 1998 and 1999 editions of the PACT Model Contracts, which are widely used by television production companies. Antony was for many years a member of the PACT Finance Committee and was on the Board of the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) for five years, before standing down at the end of 2009.
Martin Trickey (appointed February 2009)
Martin is currently the Group Head of Digital for Shed Media, where he is responsible for the digital life of broadcast brands and developing new multiplatform formats. Prior to this he was commissioning executive at the BBC responsible for online, red button and mobile content in Entertainment and Comedy. He has been in new media production for over 10 years winning a number of awards including a BAFTA for Celebdaq in 1994. He left the BBC for three years to help start the UK’s first professional TV channel Teachers TV as Director of Digital services, but returned in 2007.
Ken Smith (appointed June 2004)
Ken is a financially orientated senior executive with seven years of UK FTSE (250) main board experience, a founder director and divisional MD of UK airline with £500 million turnover. He is former President of an international airline association based in Brussels now with non-executive and consultancy roles within the aviation sector. He is a member of the Arts and Business Board Bank and Mentoring Scheme. Ken is completing his doctoral research in strategic management as part of a DBA at Kingston Business School and has a passionate interest in the contribution of the Arts to the development of strategic exploration within companies.
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