& Staff


Heidi Chester

Heidi is a Partner at DMH Stallard LLP a South East law firm with strong links to Brighton where it was established in 1970. Heidi heads up the Planning & Environment team at the firm and has been involved in some landmark development projects within Brighton & Hove, including Jubilee Street and the Library, the Amex Stadium for Brighton & Hove Albion and the New England Quarter. She is a graduate of the University of Sussex and has lived in Sussex since she came here to university in the late 1980’s and decided to make it her home.

Allan Murray

Allan works at American Express in Brighton, and is their VP in Global Product & Partner Deployment. He is interested in the not-for-profit arts sector and supporting the development of organizations such as Phoenix Brighton by way of his financial and business expertise. He has an interest in the visual arts, and Brighton’s local communities.

Siân Prime

Siân is Deputy Director for Goldsmiths’ Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE), and Academic Lead: Enterprise. She also teaches on the MA Social Entrepreneurship programme - and has developed a module that supports any Masters student in Goldsmiths to develop their understanding of the practicalities of cultural enterprise. She is currently researching and writing collaboratively on the sustainability of creative practice.

Kate Strachan

Kate has been a studio member at Phoenix Art Space since 1994, where she maintains her practice of still-life painting, printmaking and textile design. She is also an educator, and teaches a range of popular printmaking classes here. She has a strong understanding of Brighton’s local art scene, and takes part in Artists Open Houses every year.

Juliet Walters

Juliet moved to Brighton in 2000 after completing an HNC in Art and Design Ceramics in London. Originally based at Red Herring studios in Hove, she later moved into the Phoenix Art Space building, and is now a valued studio member. Juliet says she ‘began life as an actor and then became a potter’. Her ceramic work is exhibited widely in the UK.

Simon Wilkinson

Simon Wilkinson is a neurodiverse artist with 30 years experience creating boutique and large scale playable, immersive, interactive, digital and transmedia artworks. His work has featured at Tate Modern and toured to 36 nations on 6 continents in the past 15 years. He is co-director of BRiGHTBLACK Productions and co-creator of Immersive StoryLab offering consultation and education on the future of arts and culture to venues and institutions worldwide including Sydney Opera House, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Institute of Dramatic Arts, National Gallery and New York Public Libraries. He is co-director of Level-3 Festival of Neurodiverse Video Game Art and co-creator of Oska Bright Festival of learning disability film.

Alli Beddoes

Alli Beddoes is the Artistic Director and CEO for Lighthouse, Brighton. a charity that supports artists who use digital technology in their work and helps people find routes into and succeed within the creative & cultural industries. Alli leads the artistic and strategic vision and programme for Lighthouse, with a focus on representing an inspiring and challenging range of voices and art forms in art, technology and society. Under Alli’s direction, Lighthouse continues to ignite powerful interrogations into cultural themes explored by artists and creatives, through commissioning new works, supporting artists and nurturing new talent. With over 15 years of experience working with leading contemporary artists such as Ryan Gander, Random International and TeamLab. Before joining Lighthouse, Alli produced programmes of temporary and permanent commissions across the globe.

Sophie Parkin

For the past 8 years Sophie has been working in Development and income generation roles at major London galleries, ensuring core activities are responsibly funded. She works across multiple areas of fundraising: Corporate Partnerships, Trusts & Foundations, individuals, event hire and Corporate Membership. She works with teams and advisors to realise priorities; removing barriers people might face accessing art, building sustainable income, working towards a diverse and equitable workforce and audience, presenting world class exhibitions, enabling discourse and exchange. She is passionate about seeking opportunities to increase revenue, whilst upholding the integrity of the organisation.

Jeff Turko

Jeff is a full time academic at the University of Brighton, where he is the Associate Subject Area Lead for the Architecture and Design courses in the school of Architecture Technology & Engineering, as well as the Course Leader for the Master of Architecture course. When time allows between those academic demands, he also takes on private architectural and design work. The professional practice aspect of his experience is split between his practice - Nekton Studio - and his involvement with the collaborative design group OCEAN. Between these my work output and experience coves built commissions, speculative design proposals and design competitions. These have been exhibited internationally, and published.

Andy Cummins

Andy is a local resident of Brighton, having moved here around 15 years ago, and a frequent visitor to Phoenix. Andy’s strategic, technical, and production skills has been honed over more than a decade at Cogapp, an international digital agency specialising in delivering digital projects for cultural organisations across the globe. He has helped deliver an incredibly wide range of projects under various roles from technical lead to producer, as well as developer for clients including MoMA New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The V&A, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, The British Library, and The UK National Archives. He is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and serves on the board of directors at the Museum Computer Network in the US. Andy also mentors a group of year 7 pupils at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.

Sanjar Qiam

Sanjar Qiam is an Afghan British maker and entrepreneur based in Brighton. He directed various media organisations in Afghanistan before he moved to the UK, and was invited to set up a business in UK as an entrepreneur. He designs and renovates houses, runs art and craft workshops around the UK and work with various charities to promote human rights. He is the co-creator of Fly With Me, the world largest kite making and flying festival, which aims to share Afghan culture with a global audience and raise awareness about refugees. Sanjar has a background in media with MSc in Media Studies and over a decade of experience working in radio, television and media production.


Lucy Day

Executive Director:

Josie Durant

Operations Manager:

Jon Carritt

Building Manager:

Sarah McConnell

Finance Manager

Chloe Hoare

Learning Programme Manager:

Kate Neave

Studio Manager:

Kitty Bew

Exhibitions & Communications Coordinator:

Ainoa Burgos Gonzalez

Operations Coordinator:

Susannah Patterson


Peter Dyde

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