Spirit de la Mare
“I am the founding editor of the award-winning, Brogue Magazine, an independent arts paper that celebrates emerging art and artists.
I am an art critic and freelance journalist and writer of academic articles as well as poetry.
I dedicate my time fully to the growth and development of the creative industries whether it is via personal contribution or by supporting larger organizations in terms of growth and strategy. I firmly believe that it is through cultural programmes and manifestos that communities are tightened; communications across all barriers improved and they can provide unwavering bonds between age groups and societal difficulties.”
For the last thirty plus years Jonathan has worked in the humanitarian and development sector, running charities, networks and partnerships as Executive Director, Chair or Trustee. He has experience in all aspects of charity management and governance and enjoys working on behalf of people. He has a degree in Oriental Studies and a Masters in International Relations and has travelled a great deal (80+ countries visited). He lives nearby to the Kingsgate Workshops since moving to this part of London.
Simon is an advertising and communications executive with over 20 years experience in the industry. He founded fashion and lifestyle specialist ODD in 2002, which grew to become a market leader and award-winning agency - creating campaigns for some of the world's best-loved brands including M&S, Tesco, Dr Martens, Unilever and Diageo. As well as providing strategic leadership to client teams, he has experience in finance & commercial performance, business strategy & development, operations and hr. Simon originally trained as a Product Designer, graduating from Central St Martins with First Class Honours.
Sabrina graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2005 with a BA Honours degree in Fine Art. In January 2013 Sabrina began running classes at the esteemed Hampstead School of Art where she taught ceramics to children; drawing and painting to adults. In 2014, Sabrina trained as an adviser for the Arts Award from Discovery to Gold award. She is currently the Creative Programmes Manager at Creative Futures UK, and reading an MA in Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck University.
Savi is a partner at a leading global law firm advising international corporates and funds on M&A transactions and equity raisings. He is particularly focussed on emerging markets and has significant experience in Energy, Healthcare, Technology and Telecommunications sectors. He grew up in India and lived in the United States before moving to London in 2005. In addition to transactional work, he is very interested in governance, risk, D&I and ESG issues. He is married with two young children and has lived in the North West London area around Kingsgate for nearly 15 years.
Maria Claridge is a governance professional with 15+ years experience working within the not-for-profit sector. She is the Director of Governance & Operations for the Medical Research Foundation, the independent charitable foundation of the Medical Research Council (now part of UK Research and Innovation). She previously worked for a range of organisations within the not-for-profit sector including for the NHS, regulatory bodies and charities. She is an avid traveller and enjoys all things arts-related.
Patrick Jones is an artist, curator and director of Project 78 in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex.
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Will is a Level 7 Architectural Apprentice, currently studying at London Metropolitan University and working for Stephen Taylor Architects. He has lived locally for the last two years and, among many others, owns a 7ft Monstera plant which won’t stop growing.