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Staff and Trustees

Staff and Trustees

Spike Island team photographed outside the main entrance to the building holding the Disability Confident (Committed) certificate
Our highly skilled and enthusiastic team of staff come have a range of different experience but all have one thing in common: a determination to bring art to more people, by believing in and investing in artists.


Saphia Abrahamovitch-Venner

Assistant Curator: Artist Development and Engagement

Billie Appleton

Operations and Administration Assistant, and Front of House Assistant

Tanith Blackman

Front of House Supervisor

Erin Donnelly

Visitor Assistant

Benjamin Shillabeer

Operations and Services Manager

Benni Hartley

Visitor Assistant

Patricija Poikane

Operations Supervisor

Isabel Jones

Office and HR Manager

Olivia Jones

Senior Technician

Carmen Juliá


Diana Lage

Curatorial Assistant

Nicole Yip

Director (from June 2024)

Lucy MacDonald

Development Manager

Nshan Melkonian

Gallery Supervisor

Andy Moss

Exhibition Services Manager

Niquita Munowenyu

Communications Manager

Alan Parry

Finance Manager

Rosa Picard

Visitor Assistant

Davey Poole

Visitor Assistant

Simone Hesselberg

Project Manager, West of England Visual Arts Alliance (WEVAA)

Chloe Sclater

Front of House Assistant

Eldon Somers

Visitor Assistant

Oliver Sutherland

Senior AV Technician

Eileen Venner

Visitor Assistant

Ruby Taylor

Communications Assistant

Board of Trustees

  • Lucy Bailey Legal Counsel at the National Theatre
  • Linda Brothwell Artist and studio holder. Associate Lecturer, Royal College of Art, London
  • Louise O'Donnell Former Chief Executive of John James Bristol Foundation
  • Catherine Frankpitt Founder and Director, Strike Communications
  • Bill Gething Professor of Architecture, University of the West of England. Practising architect and sustainability consultant
  • Rosa Corbishley Development Director, Bristol Beacon
  • Marie Bak Mortensen Director, Create London
  • Paula Newport Director of People and Culture, Aardman Animations Ltd
  • Professor Judith Squires (Chair) Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, University of Bristol (Chair of the Board)
  • Asmaa Jama Poet, filmmaker and former Spike Island exhibiting artist
  • Tamsin Hong Curator at Serpentine Gallery
  • Lenacha Lema Artist
  • Jane Sillis Director of Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education
  • Piers Tincknell CEO of Atomic Smash and former Spike Island Workspace tenant