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

Policy, Partnership develop, stakeholder management with key funders some programming in areas of dance and theatre Chairs User group meeting on termly basis.

Michaela Butter
Deputy Director
Operational and financial management, overseeing Visual and Public Art.
Jeremy Webster
Customer Services Manager
All aspects of customer care, strategic and operational management of Creative Learning, venue hire, retail and Catering.
Alistair Burns

Programming Officer
Booking programme of performances and events. Developing artistic collaborations and commissioning in the Hall.

John Kirby
Venue Officer
Day-to-day management of the centre - supervising Duty Managers, Box Office, tech, volunteers and front desk. Key liaison on Venue Hire and room bookings and departmental Health and Safety Officer.
Emily Gill
Visual Arts Officer
Plans exhibitions programme in main galleries 3 a year.
Rachel Graves
Learning and Outreach Officer
Leads on all aspects of education and outreach, including schools and health and wellbeing work with Medical Centre.
Marianne Pape
Front of House Administrator/Public Programming Assistant
First point of contact for customers, takes bookings through Box Office, orders materials, works with porters on room set ups also works with Movers Theatre Company one day a week. Assists the Programming Officer with contracts and admin.
Charlotte Beaver
Weekend Venue Assistant
Day to day management of weekend activities. Overseeing invigilator rotas.
Mita Solanky
Volunteer Coordinator
Runs the centre's volunteer programme. Dealing with enquiries, running training and inductions and supervising volunteers on a day-to-day basis.
Noreen Gallagher
Children in Need Coordinator
Runs BBC Children in Need Programme of activities for families with children with complex needs.
Georgina Barney
Learning Assistant
Assists Marianne with schools work and runs Next Gen creatives.
Hannah  Pillai
Audience engagement and Development Officer
Developing new audiences for students and our activities.
Paty Bennett
Marketing Officer
Design and printing of guide, leads on marketing and press work.
Adam Unwin

Digital Marketing Assistant
Lead on digital marketing including social media campaigns, photography and general marketing enquiries in absence of the Marketing Officer.

Sunita Tailor
Finance Assistant
All aspects of financial processing.
Liz Fazackerley
Retail Administrator
Selects items for the shop. Runs the annual craft fair.
Kate Foster
Theatre and Gallery Technician

Stephen Escott
Front of House Administrator
First point of contact for customers, takes booking for creative learning and other events Organises Sound Bites , room bookings, work with porters on room set ups.
Surrinder Bhatia

Evening Front of House Assistant
First point of contact for customers in the evenings, takes bookings through Box Office, liaises with porters, artists and tutors.

Kathy Sykes


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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Professor Henrietta o'Connor: Biography to come

Professor Andrew Heugel Biography to come

Professor Mark Banks Biography to come

Professor Ross Parry: Biography to come

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