Isobel Colchester: Chief Executive

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.


IMG_8981 (2)Jasmine White: Programme Manager

Jasmine joined Poet in the City in June 2017 on the completion of her masters in Arts and Cultural Management from Kings College London in which she specialised in creative audience development. With a background in arts participation, Jasmine has devised and led on projects such as Verse, a series of poetry and story-telling workshops for young parents in Tottenham and ‘Our Story’, a series of short animation films made for and by children in care in Greenwich. Jasmine manages Poet in the City’s events programme, curating projects, partnerships and overseeing the volunteer scheme.
Sarisha Kumar: Programme Coordinator, New Talent & Fundraising 
Sarisha is a graduate of Royal Holloway University where she studied Drama and Theatre Studies. She joined Poet in the City in August 2016 as the Events and Marketing Assistant. Sarisha manages the Poet in the City Producers scheme for 16-25 year olds, Primary Schools projects and family strand, creates fundraising events and supports the artistic programme.     



IMG_9165Lara Costello: Creative Marketing Coordinator

Lara is a graduate of East 15 Acting School where she studied World Performance. Lara joined Poet in the City in January 2018 as Creative Marketing Coordinator. Prior to PinC Lara has worked for live events venues at festivals and pop-up events in both London and Edinburgh and as a storyteller in school, libraries and festivals both in the UK and abroad. Lara is responsible for PinC’s marketing and running the social media accounts, as well as developing the audio archives.

This position has been made possible by Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries


imageedit_3_2564169280Claire Stone: Senior Producer for Collections in Verse

Claire joined Poet in the City in April 2018 to produce the national programme, including Collections in Verse, a collaboration with the British Library to tour exhibitions across the UK using live poetry and commissioning. With a background in producing and directing theatre, Claire is experienced developing performance inspired by real stories, and working with diverse communities to create their own work. She is an alumni of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellowship programme 2015/2016, and has supported development at The Point Theatre and Cockpit Arts, focusing on outreach and income generation.

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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.



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 is a creative consultant and music producer. He has worked with organisations including A New Direction, Kinetika Bloco, Roundhouse, Sound Connections and provide strategic support to a number of local authorities. With a background in youth voice and leadership, he is a guest lecturer at Guildhall School of Music & Drama as well as mentoring a diverse number of emerging artists and creative entrepreneurs.



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.




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.

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.
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.
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.