People

Staff

Isobel Colchester: Chief Executive isobel@poetinthecity.co.uk

Isobel joined Poet in the City in January 2014. As Chief Executive, Isobel is responsible for overall management of the charity and curation of its programme, leading its vision to produce inspiring new platforms for poetry. Isobel also chairs the Knowledge Exchange committee at the new Knowledge Quarter in Kings Cross. She has worked across the private, public and charity sectors in strategic roles, with a particular focus on skills development.

 

Georgia Attlesey: Programme Manager georgia@poetinthecity.co.uk                

With a background in arts and cultural management, Georgia joined Poet in the City in December 2015 from the Institute of Art and Ideas, where she led the arts programme for the HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, booking everyone from Terry Pratchett to Bianca Jagger. Georgia manages Poet in the City’s events programme, curating projects, partnerships and overseeing the volunteer scheme.

 

 

Sarisha Kumar: Events and Marketing Assistant info@poetinthecity.co.uk 

Sarisha is a graduate of Royal Holloway University where she studied Drama and Theatre Studies. Having joined Poet in the City in August 2016, Sarisha runs the organisation’s social media channels and has a new-found ambition to open up London’s iconic spaces for young people and the arts.

 

 

 

Contributors

We work with a range of talented freelancers and contributors, in areas from marketing and design to special projects and commissions. Our digital and print materials are all produced by the fantastic graphic designer Zoe Olaru. Our printing is supported by the teams at Purbrooks and Indigo Press. Katherine De Halpert is our Book Keeper, and podcasts are produced by Alia Cassam.

Zoe Olaru is a London based graphic designer. She collaborates with fine art, music, and poetry organisations for which she produces a wide range of graphic work, both for print and for web. In 2016 Zoe has co-founded Studio Breve, a multidisciplinary design studio.

 

 

 

Katie Popperwell

Katie Popperwell is a freelance creative consultant and arts producer based in Manchester. She has directed and produced public arts programmes for a range of clients including Selfridges, The University of Manchester and HOME, and regularly chairs events for Manchester Literature Festival.

Adem Holness

Adem Holness is a musician and programme/events producer from North London, who spends his time working with people aged 16-25 across London through Wired4Music, executive producing the national emerging live music platform Springboard Live and creating and performing original music with Edges.

Lawrence-Becko

Lawrence Becko is a creative consultant and music producer. He’s worked with organisations including Roundhouse, A New Direction, Sound Connections, Kinetika Bloco, ArtsTrain, Newham Music Trust, Croydon Council and a range of individuals and artists. He has run consultations for the likes of Youth Music and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

 

Volunteers

Poet in the City has a dynamic and thriving volunteer community, with a wide range of opportuntities for engagement in poetry and the arts. Our volunteers are at the heart of what we do, supporting everything from event management to front of house, filming, blogging and interviewing poets. Find out more about Volunteering with us here.

From left to right: (Top) Milicia Cortanovacki, Jasmine White, Jeff Sugarman, Oliver Fallon, Becca White, Chris Kent, Brian Innes, Kyle Cooper, (Middle) Sarisha Kumar, John Cartwright, Charlotte Cole, Pamela Mounter, (Bottom) Imogen Bakelmun, Maria Zabel, Ali Thurm, Georgia Attlesey, Aynur Meric, Tom Deveson.

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Trustees

Robert Aitken Robert was for 31 years an advisory lawyer for various government departments as well as acting in a representative capacity in a variety of high profile public inquiries. Increasingly involved in management and governance he was for 7 years a non-executive director, deputy Chair and for 7 months acting Chair of Whittington NHS Trust. He is a non-executive director of Coram and on the Children’s Legal Centre and Foundling Hospital Museum’s Boards and is on the management board of a local social enterprise.
Sanaz Amidi 1 Sanaz Amidi Sanaz is a social and cultural entrepreneur. In her current role she is the CEO of Rosetta Art Centre, London and is responsible for the planning and management of a portfolio of projects and initiatives across identified areas within the UK and internationally. Sanaz has contributed to numerous articles and presented a variety of workshops combining academia, arts and business experience to help bridge the gap between art practice and the creative industries.
Andy Birley Andy Birley Director VP Global Consumer development at DHL
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Jason Butwick A partner specialising in employment and partnership law at Dechert LLP, an international law firm, he became a partner in 2000.  Jason has written and lectured extensively on employment and partnership law related matters.  He has contributed to Tolley’s Employment Law Loose-leaf and is the author of the Guide to the National Minimum Wage.
GD*27728022 Sarah Davis (Chair) Sarah is Commercial Legal Director for the Guardian Media Group. She trained as a lawyer and works for Guardian Media Group on all commercial, corporate, regulatory and related public affairs matters.  She chairs the copyright working group for ENPA the European Newspapers Association and is also a governor at UEL and a trustee of the Media Trust.
  Andy Ford Andy has a degree in Modern History from Oxford University. He has worked in local government, and since 1993 with PwC where he has been a partner in the Consulting business for the last 11 years. He is a chartered accountant and has worked over many years with a wide range of not for profit organisations.
 Fred Groom
Fred Groom Fred is a teacher and school leader with almost 45 years experience, working in a variety of schools in and around London. He has held three headships and the final headship was as the Principal of one of the first academies, from 2001-07. He then went on to be the Principal Education Adviser of one of the largest multi-academy groups.
 alison Alison Rae Alison is Head of Tours and Visiting, National Theatre, London. She has worked in Event and Venue Management, has advised a number of organisations on visitor services, and was part of the working group for Cultural and Creative Skills for the performing arts sector. She was previously Head of House Management at the National Theatre and now heads a new department of Tours and Visiting.
Mary-Alice Stack Mary-Alice is Chief Executive of Creative United, an independent Community Interest Company that specialises in the development of innovative finance solutions to enable growth within the arts and creative industries. She is a graduate of the Courtauld Institute with a BA in the History of Art, and has over 20 years experience working with arts organisations across the charitable sector. Prior to the establishment of Creative United, she was Director of ArtCo Projects at Arts Council England.
Craig Westwood Since August 2016, Craig has been Director of Communications and Research for the Electoral Commission. Immediately prior to this role, Craig was a Partner at the communications agency Pagefield, leading corporate affairs accounts for clients ranging from multi-national brands to small charities. He spent the preceding 10 years at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, including four years leading policy on libraries and three as Private Secretary to the Minister for Culture. Before joining the Civil Service, Craig worked in corporate press offices including at Fourth Estate publishers and at the British Library.

Ania Boyce

 

Ania Boyce – Poet in the City Company Secretary Ania qualified into the Private Client department in Autumn 2013 after joining Edwin Coe as a trainee in September 2011. Prior to joining Edwin Coe, Ania studied Theology at the University of Durham where she was a member of the Hatfield College JCR. She then returned to the City to attend the College of Law, where she completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course (with distinction). Ania is a member of the Law Society – Private Client Section and the Charity Law Association.