Team and Board


CEO and Artistic Director
Saad Eddine Said
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Executive Director

Director of Programmes
Melanie Kidd

Head of People and Operations
Anita Kumari
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Head of Neighbourhoods

Marketing Manager
Maria Narducci
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Executive Support Manager
Emma Gower
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Facilities Manager
Jez Bernholz
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Head of Technical
Andy Lindley
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Curator & Special Projects Producer
Cindy Sissokho
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Community Projects Producer
Parmjit Sagoo
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Talent Development Producer
Manya Benenson
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Youth Projects Co-ordinator
Tatenda Chitsamba
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RCF Project Manager
David Mather
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Real Creative Futures
RCF Project Coordinator
Oliver Fox
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Finance Assistant
Laurencia Sutherland

Front of House Manager
Kyle Futers
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Duty Manager
Elaine Carthy
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Front of House Assistant
Richard Chung
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Front of House Assistant
Joshan Gangotra
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Head Chef/CafeBar Manager
David Horton
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CafeBar Guest Services Assistants

Muna Kandel
Fergus Carney
Roisin Bourke
Kishna Kandel



Chair – Leslie McDonald

Executive Director and Company Secretary of Nottingham Counselling Service and former Chief Executive/Executive. Director of First Enterprise Business Agency.


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.


Company Secretary – Mohan Khera

Retired HMRC Audit Officer, Board Member of Portland College & Beaumanor Engineering Ltd, Mohan is former Chair of Nottingham Race Equality Council and involved with the Nottingham Mela.


Director – Ashitey Akomfrah

Producer & Production Manager at Smoking Dogs Films Ltd


Director – Jiten Anand

Jiten Anand is the Managing Director of Inspirate, a social enterprise that specialises in creating inspirational experiences that connect communities with 21st century arts and culture. Co-founded whilst he was on a university placement, Jiten has been instrumental in bringing to life a pioneering breadth of cultural events through his work in Leicester, including An Indian Summer (marking the 70th anniversary of the subcontinents partition with one of the biggest festivals of South Asian culture in the UK) and Bring The Paint (an award winning international graffiti festival, collaborating with artists from 19 countries across the globe). Jiten is also Co-Chair of Leicester Arts Festivals and Trustee of Pedestrian.


Director – 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.


Director – Sardul Gill

Established Artist and Teacher with extensive knowledge and experience within the South Asian communities of Nottingham.


Director – Mahtab Hussain

Mahtab Hussain is a fine art portrait photographer whose work comments on cultural differences. His bodies of work include ‘You Get Me?’, a series addressing masculinity, vulnerability and the gaze in working class British Asian young men and boys. His work has been published in four books, is held in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and New Art Gallery in Walsall. He has been shown in solo exhibitions at MAC and Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, New Art Exchange in Nottingham, Impressions Gallery in Bradford, New Art Gallery in Walsall and Autograph ABP in London.


Vice Chair – 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.