Meet the team

To get in touch with the Attenborough Arts Centre team please click on the email addresses below.

Team members

Patron of the Attenborough Arts Centre Michael Attenborough CBE
Director Michaela Butter mgkb1@le.ac.uk
Deputy Director Jeremy Webster jw555@le.ac.uk
Associate Director G Sian gs294@le.ac.uk
Programming Officer John Kirby jk210@le.ac.uk
Public Programming Assistant Seetal Kaur skd28@le.ac.uk
Visual Arts Officer Sam West jsw26@le.ac.uk
Venue Officer Daisy Edwards - currently on maternity leave de62@le.ac.uk
Venue Officer Jodie Hannis jmh71@le.ac.uk
Weekend Venue Assistant Mita Solanky mss38@le.ac.uk
Learning and Outreach Officer Marianne Pape
mp422@le.ac.uk
Schools Project Coordinator Manya Benenson mlb42@le.ac.uk
Children in Need Coordinator Georgina Barney gab25@le.ac.uk
Learning Assistant Hannah  Pillai hp298@le.ac.uk
Engagement and Audience Development Patricia Bennett pb263@le.ac.uk
Marketing Officer (Temporary) Natalie Beech nb303@le.ac.uk
Marketing and Communications Assistant Dani Bower db408@le.ac.uk
Finance Assistant Liz Fazackerley ef28@le.ac.uk
Retail Administrator Kate Foster kf123@le.ac.uk
Theatre and Gallery Technician

Stephen Escott

se135@le.ac.uk
Front of House Administrator Surrinder Bhatia sb187@le.ac.uk
Front of House Assistant Caroline Rowland
cr245@le.ac.uk
Box Office Assistant Charlotte Bond cb522@le.ac.uk
Box Office Assistant Georgina Elsom ge42@le.ac.uk

Michael Attenborough CBE -  Patron of Attenborough Arts Centre: All too often, the Arts are only really available to the privileged few. The Attenborough Arts Centre exists to fill that gap, to provide access to vital facilities for both arts practitioners and audiences, most particularly the disabled and young aspiring artists who want and need the opportunity to express themselves. The Arts offer us the opportunity to understand and empathise, to share in our common humanity.  Our basic human right to communicate with one another lies at the centre of what humanises and civilises us and, in an increasingly divided world, may just hold the key to our future.

Board members

Chair of board: Professor Julie Coleman: Julie is Pro-VC and Head of the College of Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities and a specialist in the history of English. She is delighted to be in a position to support closer collaboration between Attenborough Arts Centre and CSSAH and looks forward to participating in exciting new initiatives.

Tony Heaton: Chief Executive of Shape. A passionate advocate for disability arts for many years Tony is involved in the major Arts Council funded Unlimited initiative promoting exciting new commissions for disabled artists and disability led companies to create new work and tour internationally   A talented sculptor in his own right Tony has exhibited nationally and internationally.

Professor Ekserdjian, who teaches in the Department of Art and Film History at the University of Leicester, is a world-renowned authority on Italian Renaissance art, and the author of various books, including monographs on Correggio (1997) and Parmigianino (2006). He has been appointed Slade Professor at the University of Oxford for the academic year 2017-18. A former Trustee of the National Gallery (2005-13) and Tate (2008-13), he is currently a Trustee of the Public Catalogue Foundation. He has organised numerous exhibitions both in the UK and abroad, including Bronze at the Royal Academy, London

Dr Laurence Howard, OBE, JP: Formerly Sub-Dean of the University of Leicester Faculty of Medicine and Biological Sciences, Laurence is Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, a trustee of both Oakham and Uppingham Schools, chairman of the Rutland Historic Churches Trust and president of both Headway and the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation.
Laurence’s involvement with Attenborough Arts Centre has brought him great pleasure over many years, particularly in helping people with a disability to gain access to a wide range of artistic endeavours.

Gary Hague is Deputy Director of Finance at the University. A qualified accountant, he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance  and Accountancy. He has worked closely with the Attenborough Arts Centre at various times in his career with the University. He was involved in its early fundraising and has been Secretary to its Management Board working closely with the first Director, Eleanor Hartley, to establish a successful and financially robust Attenborough Arts Centre.

Sally Lai is a curator and visual arts specialist who until recently ran the Chinese Arts centre in Manchester. She has an MA in Contemporary Art Curation from Goldsmiths and was awarded a Fellowship from the Clore Leadership Programme.  She is now working as a freelance curator with a number of interesting projects underway.

Corey Mwamba is a respected jazz musician with knowledge and experience of world music and engaging with younger audiences.  He currently leads Out Front!, a jazz development organisation; and is artistic director of Derby Jazz; as well as studying for a PhD in Jazz Studies.

Mrs Veronica Moraa Pickering: Veronica is a social worker, Children's Guardian and an international consultant for the UN and Save the Children.

Ms Ali Sinclair: Ali is a facilitator and coach helping organisations and individuals to achieve their goals. She is currently leading on a community impact programme training and deploying volunteer coaches for community and economic benefit. She is passionate about art and culture and has been attending performances and workshops at Attenborough Arts Centre for many years.

Felicity Woolf is a nationally renowned expert on Arts and Education with a reputation for the quality of her work in setting up Arts Mark and the Arts Award systems and developing evaluation tool kits for the Arts Council. 4 years ago Felicity acted as consultant in the setting up of our Outreach programme including the writing of our first 3 year action plan in consultation with local stakeholders.  She has been on sabbatical in China for the last two years so will be bringing additional knowledge about the Chinese cultural scene that may have relevance in developing connections with our Chinese students

Dan Daw is a UK-based established, disabled self-producing artist training at the Flinders University Drama Centre in Adelaide, Australia. Continuing to work at the forefront of dance and disability in the UK, Dan has commissioned two new solo works by Sweden-based choreographers – BEAST by Martin Forsberg and ON ONE CONDITION by Graham Adey. Dan currently works as Touring Coordinator within the British Council Theatre and Dance team and also as Associate Director to support Sydney-based Artistic Director Sarah-Vyne Vassallo to commission, develop and produce new work by and with disabled and non-disabled artists. He plays a key advisory role in the development and delivery of Murmuration Dance Theatre’s artistic programs.

William Friar: Bill joined the University of Leicester as Director of Development and Alumni Relations in July 2016. For the four years before that, he was head of development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Before moving to the UK, Bill was in charge of development communications for Stanford University’s Initiative on Human Health and its Initiative on the Environment and Sustainability, two central pillars of the most successful university fundraising campaign in US history. Earlier in his career he was Director of Development for the Hesperian Foundation. He has more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, capital campaigns, alumni relations, higher-education communications and journalism.

Margot Burke: bio coming soon.

Gillian Macfarland Boyle: bio coming soon.

Caroline Pick: bio coming soon.

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