Who Works Here
Juha van ’t Zelfde
Juha van ‘t Zelfde is a Dutch-Finnish curator and cultural innovator with an interest in new developments in art, music, technology, economics and the public domain.
He is co-founder and partner of cultural innovation studio Non-fiction, and is the New Institute Ambassador in Finland for architecture, design and digital media. In 2013 he curated the groundbreaking digital culture exhibition Dread, Fear in the age of technological acceleration, at De Hallen Haarlem.
As Artistic Director, Juha is responsible for Lighthouse’s artistic vision and programmes, and – in collaboration with the Executive Director – the business plan and strategic position of the organisation.
He has worked with the Stedelijk Museum, Marres, Stroom and The New Institute, and with a multitude of internationally renowned artists, including Thomas Hirschhorn, Haroon Mirza, Metahaven, Trevor Paglen, James Bridle and Micol Assaël.
He has written articles about the cultural implications of new technologies for VICE magazine, Metropolis M, Volume, MONU, Tate Modern, and has lectured at leading international festivals such as Open Knowledge Festival, FutureEverything, and Ars Electronica. His book Dread – The Dizziness of Freedom was published in 2013.
He is co-producer of contemporary music festival The Rest is Noise at Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, and is active as a DJ and promoter of emerging mutations of electronic music and sound art. He founded the music network Viral Radio in 2007.
Miriam is an arts manager from the UK who has a passion for developing cultural organisations and connecting with the creative industries. She joined Lighthouse in April 2007 and became Executive Director on 1 February 2013.
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.
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, on 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.
Emily has worked in film for over 11 years. Before joining Lighthouse in 2006, she worked in production for six years, accumulating credits on 30+ feature films starring some of cinema’s best-known names including Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, Penelope Cruz, Christopher Walken and Michael Caine.
Working mainly on international co-productions, her role as Assistant to the Producers and Head of Business Affairs led to strong working relationships with producers, financiers, sales and distribution companies, media lawyers and talent agents from around the globe.
As Senior Producer at Lighthouse, Emily is responsible for running a number of large-scale projects including the BAFTA nominated BFI Shorts in partnership with the British Film Institute and the prestigious Guiding Lights programme, overseeing mentorships between emerging film talent and some of the most successful industry professionals in the UK. Emily was previously responsible for managing and acting as Executive Producer on a short film production scheme run in partnership with BBC Film Network. Four films were produced through the scheme, with one, Turning, receiving a Best Short Film BAFTA nomination. A second film, Wish 143, was nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Live Action Short. She has also produced three other shorts and provided advice and support on countless others.
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 Habell-Aili Green
Sian joined Lighthouse as Project Manager in 2012. She manages Guiding Lights and a portfolio of projects across our programme of digital culture, art and film. Past projects include the successful seminars, Streaming Out for Digital Audiences in 2012 and reFramed for Brighton Digital Festival 2013.
Before joining Lighthouse Sian held the post of Development Co-ordinator, 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 in-house 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.
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.
Nione joined the team as Communications Manager in June 2014. She plans and delivers our communications and marketing activity, working with the team to tell the world about Lighthouse’s programmes, news and announcements and managing our press and online profile.
Nione has worked in communications for more than ten years, primarily as a journalist, but latterly managing press, PR and marketing for arts and cultural organisations including Brighton Fringe, Otherplace Productions and The Regency Townhouse. She continues to write for publications including The Guardian and The Independent.
As our Programme Assistant, Natalie supports our programme of exhibitions, talks and events. She coordinates our Monthly Talks programme, Studio events and a portfolio of projects in our digital culture programme.
Natalie joined Lighthouse in October 2013. She is a writer, curator, educator and digital art and culture enthusiast. She writes and speaks on culture and technology, and previously ran audience engagement workshops at Fabrica. She also curates exhibitions and audience participation projects with Blank Slate. Natalie is interested in algorithmic anxiety, digital and computational culture, technological ghosts and sound.
Jenny joined Lighthouse in 2013 during Brighton Digital Festival as our office assistant. She supports the team in delivering our programmes and helps with the general running of the busy venue and office.
Jenny 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.
As well as being at Lighthouse she sometimes works in the box office at The Old Market and is partial to seeing plays. She has written the odd poem and is currently working on her first novel.
Film Project Manager
Helen is currently a freelance Film Project Manager at Lighthouse. Alongside her work at Lighthouse she is also Head of Documentary at Cork Film Festival and works as a freelance Film Curator and Creative Producer. Previous roles include Co-Director of UnderWire Festival, Director of Operations at Shooting People and Event Producer at BAFTA. Helen has worked as Blog Editor for Channel 4’s 4docs and has written about film culture for The Huffington Post, The Quietus and Aesthetica Magazine.
When Helen’s not waxing lyrical about film, she can be found plotting her next travel adventure.
Facilities & Technical Coordinator
Phil is a freelance technician who works on a wide range of film, media and arts based projects. He has been a part of the Lighthouse team and has worked on the programme of events here since 2008. As well as covering all the technical needs for events, exhibitions and seminars he duty manages, solves IT issues and also looks after the décor and general maintenance of the building.
He comes from an event management and conferencing background and is a graduate of Automotive Engineering and Design and of Human Psychology. Away from his many and varied roles he enjoys Scrabble, cryptic crosswords and table tennis and is renowned for the all year round wearing of shorts.
Fiona is a freelance creative producer and project manager, currently working on a portfolio of programmes for Lighthouse.
She has previously worked as Sales and Projects Executive for Soda Pictures, as well as coordinating a nationwide touring programme of British independent films (NBCQ). In 2012, Fiona project managed films4peace, an international artist-film commission for Puma Creative. She produced the Branchage Film Festival in Jersey, and has worked on the programme for both Birds Eye View and Cambridge Film Festival, and with the filmmaker Martha Fiennes.
Fiona continues to work across festival development, artist commissions and film projects. She enjoys “film festival holidaying” and sings in a choir and long time ago gained a BA in Sociology.
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.
Anthony Lilley (Chair, appointed June 2009)
Anthony Lilley (OBE) is a BAFTA and Peabody Award winning interactive media producer. He is Chief Executive of Magic Lantern Productions, an interactive media production company specialising in content for broadband and multiplatform media. He was Executive Producer and co-creator of Channel 4’s FourDocs.
Anthony also works extensively in media policy, currently as a Member of the Ofcom Content Board, as well as having advised government departments including DCMS and DCSF. He advises Arts Council England as their Digital Media Associate, and is a member of the Board of the English National Opera.
In 2008, he was News International Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at the University of Oxford and holds a Visiting Professorship at Bournemouth University. He has written for the Financial Times, Broadcast Magazine, the Guardian and many other journals and newspapers.
Anthony was awarded the OBE for services to media and creative industries in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2008. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Sue Gollifer (appointed January 2006)
Sue is a Principal Lecturer in Fine Art in the School of Arts and Communication in the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the University of Brighton and the Course Leader of the MA in Digital Media Arts and the MA in Printmaking and Professional Practice. She is an early pioneer as a computer artist and her work can be seen in the Digital Art Museum DAM. Her primary research is on ‘the impact of new technology within the practice of Fine Art’ and she has presented a number of evaluative and analytical papers on this subject at major international conferences.
She is on a number of National and International Committees, including a Director of DACS, the UK Design and Artists Copyright Society and Vice Chair of CADE, Computers in Art and Design Education. In 2004 she was selected as the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery Chair 2004, the first European to be selected for this prestigious role. She is also the Curator of ArCade, the UK Open International Biennale of Electronic Fine Art Prints 1997 – 2007.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paula Le Dieu (appointed May 2013)
Paula has worked with many media and cultural organisations such as the BFI, BBC, Guardian, Fairfax and Ofcom as well as international digital activism and film making communities. Her experience spans making digital products & experiences, shaping the future of public service media, shaping the role of archives in the digital age and leading international communities of volunteers. She also sits on the executive boards of Sheffield’s Doc/Fest, the Open Knowledge Foundation and Lighthouse Arts. Most recently Paula was the Digital Director at the BFI. Paula is currently working with the Mozilla Foundation on their Webmaker programme in the UK as well as continuing to develop her own projects.
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