Who Works Here
Artistic Director & CEO
Alli leads the artistic and strategic vision and programme for Lighthouse, with a focus on representing an inspiring and challenging range of voices and art forms in art, technology and society.
Under Alli’s direction, Lighthouse continues to ignite powerful interrogations into cultural themes explored by artists and creatives, through commissioning new works, supporting artists and nurturing new talent. Alli works in close collaboration with Emily Kyriakides, Lighthouse’s Executive Director, and in consultation with our Board of Trustees.
Alli is passionate about engaging new audiences. Her previous curatorial programming for exhibitions and events brings together ideas, audiences and industries to explore complex issues and make connections that can often be surprising or unexpected.
Alli has more than 15 years of experience working with leading contemporary artists such as Ryan Gander, Random International and TeamLab. Before joining Lighthouse, Alli worked at Futurecity as Head of Arts & Commissioning, producing a programme of temporary and permanent commissions across the globe. Most recently, leading the first phase of The Illuminated River by Leo Villereal, a permanent artwork of unprecedented scale, to light central London’s bridges along the River Thames.
During her time at Futurecity, Alli successfully delivered a series of public art commissions, including art collective UVA’s Message from the Unseen World for Paddington Central, which was unveiled in 2016; Tobias Putrih’s permanent sculpture the Vertical Shell for South Bank Tower, launched in 2015, and People & Places – an ambitious photographic portfolio of work by world-renowned photographer Steve McCurry and Magnum Photos, completed in 2014.
Emily works on the direction, management, business planning and strategic positioning of the organisation, in close collaboration with Artistic Director & CEO Alli Beddoes. She also oversees selected projects as Executive Producer.
Since joining Lighthouse in 2006, Emily has led all film commissioning and talent development initiatives. These include Guiding Lights, the UK film industry’s leading mentoring programme, which has been running for over a decade, and matches emerging filmmakers with top industry professionals, including Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Walter Murch, Sam Mendes, Abi Morgan, James Marsh, Tessa Ross, Kenneth Branagh, Clio Barnard, Iain Canning, and many others.
Emily also managed the BFI Shorts scheme, on which she oversaw the production of 17 high-level fiction shorts. The films have gone on to win many leading industry awards including a Welsh BAFTA and the Canal+ Award at Cannes, and received multiple industry accolades, including three BAFTA, three BIFA and two European Film Academy nominations.
Prior to that, she was Executive Producer on four shorts produced with BBC Film Network, resulting in an Oscar nomination for Wish 143, and a BAFTA nomination for Turning.
Before joining Lighthouse, Emily worked in production on more than 30 feature films starring some of cinema’s best-known stars, including Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Christopher Walken and Michael Caine.
Emily sits on the management board for Film Hub South East, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and is on the board of Cinecity Film Festival.
Head of Operations
Emma is Head of Operations and joined Lighthouse as Administrator in 2005. Emma leads on venue and commercial development, 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, board and stakeholder liaison and general organisational management.
She is a graduate in Graphic Art & Illustration and an expert doodler. 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.
Sian joined Lighthouse in 2012, and is Senior Producer on our portfolio of projects. Sian leads Guiding Lights, the UK’s premiere film mentoring scheme (matching emerging filmmakers with top industry professionals, including Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Walter Murch, Sam Mendes, Abi Morgan, James Marsh, Tessa Ross, Kenneth Branagh, and Clio Barnard).
Before joining Lighthouse, Sian worked in development for the UK Film Council’s First Feature Stream, and the BFI 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. Sian has 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.
Communications and Development Manager
Ruth leads our communications and marketing. She creates clear, engaging communications that share our work with audiences, collaborators and supporters. She also works with the executive team on fundraising and income generation.
Previously Ruth was Head of Marketing at Brilliant Noise, a transformation partner for brands including Diageo, Adidas and Universal Pictures. Ruth led the marketing team and strategy, producing content and events that connected with senior decision makers. She produced and curated the annual Dots conference – a day long celebration bringing together perspectives from the marketing and digital industries with those from wider culture.
Ruth is on the board of Brighton Digital Festival CIC and has worked with the festival since 2014. Her experience across business and the arts means that she has a strong understanding of how the two worlds operate – and how they can best support each other.
She has an MA in Cultural and Critical Theory from Brighton University and a BA in Photography from Edinburgh College of Art.
Alex works with Ruth to strategically design and deliver our communications — if you’re chatting with us on social media, Alex is most likely the one on the other end.
Alex is also an artist, having exhibited their work at the Sussex Humanities Lab, Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe, and the Southbank Centre.
Alex recently completed an MA in Digital Media at the University of Sussex, and also holds a BA in Media Arts from Royal Holloway, University of London.
David has worked at Lighthouse as a freelancer on various projects since 2009, including previous iterations of Guiding Lights, BFI Shorts 2012, BBC Drama Shorts, The Sound of Story, and The Sprawl by Metahaven. He joined the team as an Administrator in 2016 before moving into his current Producer role.
David produces videos, films and music alongside his work at Lighthouse; he’s edited an iShort and several shorts for Nowness; was second camera, production assistant and edit assistant on the feature documentary The Man Whose Mind Exploded; has been a facilitator on several First Light, Mediabox and other film projects for young people; and regularly performs with his DIY modular synthesiser.
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 is CEO and co-founder of Brilliant Noise, a strategic digital agency with clients including Universal Pictures, Barilla, L’Oreal, Jaguar Land Rover and EDF Energy.
He has written several books on digital, business and culture including Me and My Web Shadow, which was published internationally by Bloomsbury.
He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the UK digital industry by the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) in 2017 and 2018.
Elijah Cushnie (appointed September 2018)
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.
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.
Elijah was Associate Artistic Director at Lighthouse in 2017-18, during which he produced ‘Last Dance’, a timely and urgent look at the rapidly changing landscape of club culture.
Antonia Blocker (appointed May 2015)
Antonia is a London-based curator, predominantly concerned with how audiences engage with artistic practices beyond the exhibition format. She is currently Curator: Public Programme, at Zabludowicz Collection in London, where she leads on education, events and performance programming. She was previously Curator: Public Programmes at Whitechapel Gallery, London, where she organised projects with numerous artists and performers including Cally Spooner, Daniel Buren, Oliver Coates, and Heather Phillipson.
Antonia previously worked at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Serpentine Galleries 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 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.
Rifa has worked with agencies including iCrossing, Clearleft and Ribot and 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 Executive Editor at BBC Radio 4. He leads the development of the channel’s strategy, ensuring that Radio 4 and 4 Extra are constantly evolving and reaching new audiences.
Tony has 20 years’ experience operating at senior level at the BBC, having previously worked in the private sector. He has a Masters in Decision Analysis, and has consulted on project management, decision-making and prioritisation.
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 previously on the Board of the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) for five years. He is currently a trustee of the Directors Charitable Foundation.
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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