Team and Board


CEO and Artistic Director
Saad Eddine Said
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Executive Director
Adam Roe
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Head of Programmes (Maternity Leave)
Melanie Kidd
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Head Curator (Maternity Cover)
David Sinclair
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Head of Compliance and Partnerships
Emma Gower
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Head of Neighbourhoods
Michael Radford
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Executive Producer
Kyle Futers
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Associate Artistic Director – Transform
Saziso Phiri
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Finance Officer
Prathyusha Kantheti
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Front of House Manager
Joshan Gangotra
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Catering Supervisor
Kiesha Gibson
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Duty Manager
Elaine Carthy
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Front of House Assistant
Richard Chung
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CafeBar Guest Services Assistants

Asher Gough

Ella van der Straaten

Anna Hardy

Megan Hockey

Guest Services Cleaning

Lisa Bonsu

Emma Cox



Chair: Samori Gambrah

Samori has wealth of knowledge from the corporate world and beverage industry. He is currently Global Brand Director for Captain Morgan at Diageo and worked previously with ABInBev and SABMiller in various senior marketing and commercial roles across Africa and Europe. Samori has a passion for building world class brands in culture and unlocking bold award winning creativity.


Vice Chair: Professor Christopher O’Brien, OBE

Chris O’Brien is Emeritus Professor in Production Engineering of the Nottingham University Business School. He has extensive experience of working and teaching in Latin America, China and South-East Asia. He established the University’s campus in Malaysia and was Director of the University’s Business School in China. He holds honorary doctorates from universities in Finland, Thailand and Romania, and was awarded the OBE for his services to the education of the disabled. He is married with two children and three grandchildren, and has a keen interest in music, and the visual and performing arts.


Jiten Anand

Jiten is a co-founder and the executive director of Inspirate – a National Portfolio Organisation that celebrates the intertwined culture of the Indian subcontinent and the UK. He is a Pro Chancellor of De Montfort University, has served as a Vice-Chair of Leicester Arts Festivals and a Trustee of Pedestrian. Jiten has been instrumental in bringing to life an array of nationally leading arts festivals – from ‘An Indian Summer’ to ‘Bring The Paint’. He has collaborated with a breadth of prestigious organisations, including the Royal Collection Trust and the British Science Association. As a creative entrepreneur, he is adept at building bridges between international corporations and the arts – working with companies such as Sony Entertainment Television and State Bank of India. Jiten is passionate about harnessing the arts to inspire positive social, cultural and economic change.


Nisha Popat

Currently a Business Owner and a freelance cultural consultant, Nisha arrived as a refugee to the UK at the age of 9 and her experiences shaped her in valuing the importance of community and heritage. A banker by profession, Nishas commitment to community led her to change course. Her first role in local government was in community engagement from this she moved to become a grants manager and then on to becoming a senior manager in Arts & Museums. Nisha has several years’ experience in museums and heritage in the Midlands and has led on a number of local regional and national projects including East Midlands Renaissance and the development of the King Richard III Centre. Nisha believes culture is important in connecting people, places and communities.


Meeta Dave

Meeta has been teaching or in school leadership for the last 25 years. This has always been in inner city schools, all very diverse and serving a community with many challenges and high deprivation. Meeta sits on the Leadership Team of Nottingham Citizens. She is the president of the Braham Samaj – a small Hindu faith group in Nottingham. Meeta’s passion is to work with various groups, so they are supported and empowered to bring about positive changes for themselves and their communities in an environment where there is mutual respect and tolerance.


Rhiannon Jones

Dr Rhiannon Jones is a Nottingham based artist and a researcher for the School of Arts, University of Derby. She is co-chair of Cumulus: International Contemporary Working Art Group, and steering group member, DerbyCAN Producing, Hubs (ACE). She co-founded InDialogue in 2012-present, a collaborative research project that interrogates how artists and researchers use dialogue in their practice. She is creative director of S.H.E.D, an interdisciplinary, academic and touring arts space, designed for the generation of conversation. She is resident artist at Primary, Nottingham, 2011 – present.


Letha Charles

Letha is Founder and Director of L Charles Accounting, a leading accountancy firm with a strong regional presence. She has held senior executive roles in several FTSE 100 companies such as Severn Trent Water and Npower. She sits on the Board of Trustees at the Midlands Art Centre, and as a long-term patron of the arts, she is passionate about helping ‘grass-roots’ creative organisations to succeed.


Mikey Lappin

Mikey has an abundance of experience in the higher education charity sector. He is currently part of the Senior Leadership Team at Coventry University Students’ Union, where his role as the Director of Enterprise is to curate and develop student-focused enterprises to enhance and support their education and employability. Mikey has always had a passion for the visual arts, having worked as a Creative Practitioner at Samanya Theatre Company educating local schools and community groups, as well as having completed his BA Hons in Performing Arts at Nottingham Trent University.