Who we are

Staff

Engage’s core team of six are based at our central office in London. Other key staff work from home or from other sites on a part-time basis, and are best reached through the main office by phone or by email.

The 9 Engage staff members are:

Sarah Abdel-Qader, Office and Communications Assistant, Engage
Beth Chaplin, Administration Officer, Engage
Lyn Curry, Finance and Governance Manager, Engage
Sarah Perks, Engage Journal editor
Sayak Mukherjee, Operations Manager, Engage
Angela Rogers, Engage Cymru Development Coordinator, Engage Cymru
Louise Rutledge, Communications Officer, Engage (Maternity Cover)
Jane Sillis, Director, Engage
Sarah Yearsley, Engage Scotland Development Coordinator, Engage Scotland

Board

The Engage Board oversees forward strategy and management issues, advised by the Council on policy issues.

The 15 Engage Board members are:

  • Debi Banerjee, Curator for Learning at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
  • Sarah Campbell, Associate Director for Arts and Culture, University of Exeter
  • Camilla Johns, Head of Development, Holburne Museum
  • Priya Khanchandani, Editor, Icon
  • Andrew Lawson, Head of Human Resources, Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Shân Maclennan, Arts Educator Chair
  • Loraine Midda, Head of Member Services — Lords Parliamentary Digital Services
  • Habib Motani, Partner, Clifford Chance, Vice Chair
  • Janie Nicoll, Visual Artist
  • Loveday Shewell, Arts Management Consultant, Treasurer
  • Ros Crocker, Senior Manager: Partnerships and Public Engagement at Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Emma Smale, Consultant
  • Bethan Page, Arts Consultant
  • Julian Nettel, Consultant
  • Natalie Walton, Learning and Outreach Manager, Arts Council Collection, National Partners Programme

Council

The Engage Council focuses on reviewing and developing policy, including guidance for members, policy issues for Engage’s own work, and campaigning issues to inform Engage’s advocacy. Council is made up of elected Area Representatives (2 per England region) and Special Interest Representatives.

The Engage Council members are:

  • Amanda Phillips, Leeds Museums and Galleries, Area Rep — Yorkshire
  • Amanda Spruyt, Nottingham Contemporary, Area Rep — East Midlands
  • Anna Aroussi, Area Rep — South West
  • Anna Murray, National Gallery, Area Rep — London
  • Bernard Hay, Design Museum – London
  • Cat Gibbard, Newlyn Art Gallery, Area Rep — South West
  • Hannah Gaunt, Area Rep — North West
  • Imogen Phillips, Kettle’s Yard, Area Rep — East
  • James Steventon, Special interest
  • Janie Nicoll, Special interest
  • Jessica Hartshorn, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Area Rep — West Midlands
  • Joanna Kori, Special interest
  • Jude Thomas, Area Rep — Northern
  • Nicole Heidtke, Area Rep – Highlands and Islands
  • Kamina Walton, Special interest
  • Kate Noble, Fitzwilliam Museum, Area Rep — East
  • Kimberly Wide, Take A Part CIC, Area Rep — South West
  • Mai Thomas, Area Rep — Wales
  • Holly Rumble, Area Rep — Scotland
  • Nell Croose Myhill, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Area Rep — East
  • Nick Owen, The Mighty Creatives — East Midlands
  • Rachel Dunlop, Peak Cymru, Area Rep — Wales
  • Rebecca Randle, Barber Institute of Fine Arts — West Midlands
  • Ros Croker, National Maritime Museum, Area Rep — London
  • Rosalind Manasseh, Area Rep — West Midlands
  • Sian Fitzgerald, Cultural Services, Denbighshire County Council, Area Rep — Wales
  • Tracy Morgan, Fruitmarket Gallery, Area Rep — Scotland
  • Val Tobiass, Area Rep — Northern
  • Vicky Sturrs, BALTIC, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Area Rep
  • Victoria Mayes, MK Gallery, Area Rep — South East

Area Representatives

The Engage Area Reps are:

  • Anna Aroussi
  • Ros Croker, National Maritime Museum
  • Nell Croose Myhill, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
  • Rachel Dunlop, Peak Cymru
  • Sian Fitzgerald, Cultural Services, Denbighshire County Council
  • Miss Hannah Gaunt
  • Cat Gibbard, Newlyn Art Gallery
  • Jessica Hartshorn, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum
  • Bernard Hay, Design Museum – London
  • Rosalind Manasseh
  • Victoria Mayes, MK Gallery
  • Tracy Morgan, Fruitmarket Gallery
  • Anna Murray, National Gallery
  • Kate Noble, Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Nick Owen, The Mighty Creatives
  • Amanda Phillips, Leeds Museums and Galleries
  • Imogen Phillips, Kettle’s Yard
  • Rebecca Randle, Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • Ms Holly Rumble
  • Amanda Spruyt, Nottingham Contemporary
  • Jude Thomas
  • Ms Mai Thomas
  • Ms Val Tobiass
  • Alison Unsworth
  • Kimberly Wide, Take A Part CIC
  • Nicole Heidtke, Templar Arts and Leisure Centre

Scotland and Wales Development Groups

The 8 Engage Scotland Development Group members are:

  • Lee McCulley, Adult Learning Officer, National Museums Scotland
  • Janie Nicoll, Freelance artist/arts educator (Special interest Rep – Freelance, Engage Board Member)
  • Tracy Morgan, Community Engagement Manager, Fruitmarket Gallery (Area Rep — Edinburgh & East Scotland)
  • Nicole Heidtke, Lead Artist/Arts Programmer, Templar Arts and Leisure Centre
  • Holly Rumble, freelance arts educator, (Area Rep — Glasgow & West Scotland)
  • Kirin Saeed, freelance disability equality trainer
  • Sarah Yearsley, Engage Scotland Coordinator

The 9 Engage Cymru Development Group members are:

  • Lisa Edgar, National Museum of Wales
  • Gwenno Jones, Theatr Clwyd
  • Angela Rogers, Engage Cymru, Staff
  • Mai Thomas, Area Rep — Wales
  • Grace Todd, National Museums of Wales
  • Thomas Goddard, Artist
  • Sian Fitzgerald, Denbighshire County Council, Area Rep — Wales
  • Jane Sillis, Engage, Staff
  • Jo Marsh, Arts Lead, Wrexham County Borough Council