London Area Council

With expertise amassed from London borough councillors to the Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, investment in London is in the best possible hands with our London team.


Director Museum of London
Museum of London

Sharon Ament is Director of the Museum of London, which in 2015 announced its ambition to build a new museum for London and move to a new site in West Smithfield in 2021. Since joining the Museum in 2012, Sharon has been steering the next phase of the organisation’s development to more fulsomely reflect the energy and dynamism of London itself. In recent years, the Museum of London has achieved a record 1 million+ visitors, helped along by extremely successful exhibitions including The Cheapside Hoard and The Crime Museum Uncovered.

Over the past three years, the Museum has engaged more school children than ever and acquired its largest object, the Heatherwick Olympic Cauldron from the 2012 Games. Sharon sits on The Mayor’s London Cultural Strategy Group as well as the London Area Council of Arts Council England. She is a Noyce Leadership Fellow, and on the International Advisory Board of the ArtScience Museum in Singapore. Sharon has advised, worked on or led major cultural capital projects in the UK and internationally including The Darwin Centre, Treasures Gallery (London), Restless Planet (Dubai), Muse (Italy). She teaches, advises and presents internationally; and together with the Barbican Centre and City of London Corporation is helping to nurture the development of the Cultural Hub in the City.

Formerly Director of Public Engagement at the Natural History Museum for 12 years. As well as chairing the Exhibition Road Cultural Group. Sharon is committed to creative partnerships that bring enduring public benefit. She has been a trustee of the Wildscreen Trust and the International Wildlife Film Festival; and was a founder of the conservation charity 21st Century Tiger. Sharon was Vice-President of Ecsite - the European Network for Science Centres and Museums and in 2016 has returned to Chair the Jury of the annual Mariano Gago Ecsite Awards.


Producer and Artistic Director

Angie is a producer and artistic director of Trigger, an independent producing house.

Angie is a Clore Fellow (Theatre), and has produced for organisations including Fuel, National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh Art Festival and the Science Museum.

She is also on the board for Mayk in Bristol.

Angie won the Creative Producer Arts Foundation Award.


Chief Executive of the London Sinfoniette
London Sinfoniette

Andrew Burke has been the Chief Executive of the London Sinfoniette since 2007. He is responsible for the overall running of the ensemble, curating a wide range of artistic projects and has developed the ensemble's work with partners around the UK and internationally. In 2009 he launched the London Sinfonietta Academy programme and in 2013 its Emerging Artists Programme, to give training and professional experience to brilliant players of the next generation. In 2010 he started the next phase of the ensemble's Blue Touch Paper programme to nurture new cross art-form work from emerging composers. Under his leadership, the London Sinfonietta won the prestigious RPS Award for best ensemble 2010. He is trained and professionally active as a business coach, both with private clients and for the London Sinfonietta in a programme developed with the London Business School. From 2003-07, he was head of LSO Discovery and from 1998-2003 he was Education Officer at the BBC National Orchestra of Wales


Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Roundhouse

Marcus Davey, the Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Roundhouse, previously worked for Dartington International Summer School and Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Voluntary positions have included being Chair of the PRS for Music Foundation and of the Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust and a founder of Trustee of People United. He currently enjoys being on the Steering Group of the Cultural Learning Alliance, a Trustee of Longplayer Trust, Chair of the Brook Street Band Trust, and is on the London Council for Arts Council England.

He is an honorary fellow of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London and of Dartington College of Arts. Marcus was awarded an OBE in the 2011 New Year’s honours list for his services to the arts.


Councillor, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Council
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Council

Kevin was a child actor - having been on the West End stage from an early age - and trained singer and has kept up his musical interests to this day.

Kevin has a successful track record in leading and starting innovative businesses in both the private, political and voluntary sectors. His career has involved working with international brands, manufacturing and charities as well as having active and high level involvement in public life, public affairs, politics and campaigning. He was a Kingston Councillor between 1998 and 2006 and fought the General Elections in 2005 (Kingston & Surbiton) and Yeovil (2010).

He was elected to Old Malden ward in 2014 and is the Leader of the Council.


Public Affairs Manager
Runnymede Trust

Florence Eshalomi was elected to Lambeth Council in 2006. She has held a number of key positions on the council including Deputy Cabinet Member for Communities and Young People, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport & the 2012 Olympic. She chaired the Cooperative Libraries Commission in 2011 which helped to secure the future of Lambeth Libraries. She is now the Deputy Cabinet Member for Housing.

Florence has a strong interest in increasing participation in the arts and civic life. She has taken a leading role in local and national campaigns to encourage more young people and people from under-represented background to become more active in public life, politics and the arts. She was formally a board member of the Young Vic Theatre and the London Youth Games. Florence is currently the Public Affairs Manager at the Runnymede Trust, the UK's leading independent race equality think tank


Joint Artistic Director and CEO
Paines Plough

James is Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough, the UK’s national theatre of new plays. Since James joined the company alongside George Perrin in 2010, Paines Plough has produced more than 40 world premieres on tour to over 200 places across the UK and internationally. In 2014 they launched Roundabout, the world's first pop-up plug-and-play theatre to tour new plays to underserved places.

For Paines Plough James has directed new plays by writers including Mike Bartlett, James Graham, Kate Tempest, Tom Wells, Marie Jones, Penelope Skinner and Nick Payne. His freelance work includes new production of LES MISERABLES for Wermland Opera in Sweden and Brian Friel's TRANSLATIONS which won Best Production at the UK Theatre Awards 2014.

James was formerly co-founder and Artistic Director of nabokov, and Associate Director of The Bush Theatre, before which he spent four years as marketing manager at Justgiving.


Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Greenwich+Docklands Festivals (GDF),
Greenwich+Docklands Festivals (GDF),

Bradley Hemmings is the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Greenwich+Docklands Festivals (GDF), an organisation with a national and international reputation for creating extraordinary outdoor arts events.

Under Bradley's direction GDF has set out to break new ground in outdoor arts, commissioning, producing and presenting work by a wide range of UK and international artists. In addition to the annual Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, he has curated the Mayor of London’s Liberty festival since its inception in 2003, including the last two years, in which this major disability arts festival has joined forces with National Paralympic Day at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, through partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation and the British Paralympic Association.

In 2012 Bradley was Co-Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremony of London 2012 Paralympic Games and since then has gone on to direct the inaugural Paralympic Heritage Flame Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and the Opening Ceremony to the Great North Run’s One Millionth Finish in Newcastle Gateshead. He is a founder member of the Without Walls consortium of outdoor arts festivals.


Cllr Denise Hyland is the leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Denise has been a BAFTA judge, and was filmed for Channel 4, teaching Shakespeare to inner city students. She has also co-produced exemplar projects for the Creative and Media Diploma, and worked on a Performing Arts Apprenticeship scheme with a range of high profile arts venues in the capital, such as English National Ballet, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Royal Albert Hall, Hackney Empire, The Gate and others.


Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation
Jerwood Charitable Foundation

Shonagh Manson is Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, a leading private grant-making foundation supporting artists across art forms in the UK, and of Jerwood Visual Arts, a national exhibition programme which commissions and presents work by early career artists and tours regionally.

At Jerwood she has founded and co-founded numerous artist development initiatives including the national Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme, the Jerwood/FVU Awards, Jerwood Makers Open, Jerwood Open Forest and the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. Previously, Shonagh led the Wellcome Trust’s arts funding programme; was General Manager for producers Fuel; and worked in fundraising and participation at Battersea Arts Centre.

Before joining the arts sector she spent four years in international supply chain management as a resource planner for a global manufacturer. She was a founding Board member of Situations, an internationally renowned public art producing organisation based in Bristol, and sits on a number of selection and judging panels for talent development opportunities across art forms


Helen Marriage is Artistic Director of Artichoke, one of the UK’s leading independent arts companies. Artichoke’s projects lie at the conjunction of art, politics and communication, achieving high impact through a startling disruption of daily life, uniquely transforming landscapes and public expectations.

Helen has worked previously at Artsadmin, LIFT, Canary Wharf and the Salisbury Festival, transforming it into ‘a miracle of modern British culture’ (The Times).

Helen received a Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard, in 2012 and was awarded an MBE in the UK’s New Year’s Honours List in 2016. 


Darren is a passionate community champion. Prior to becoming a councillor, he led a tenants & residents association and was at the forefront of the Labour Party campaign which led to the defeat of the British National Party in 2010.

Darren was first elected to the Council in 2010 and became Leader in 2014. Since then he has set the vision and direction of the Council, focussing on ensuring Barking and Dagenham realises its vision of being London’s Growth opportunity and that residents benefit from the growth that is planned.

Darren was chair of the Area Review process for the East sub-region and is keen to ensure that area develop a wider skills vision which helps residents into employment.


Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries

Justine was Head of Culture for the Mayor of London for over a decade and has played a central role in the cultural revitalisation of London. She was awarded an OBE in 2015 for Services to Culture in London. 

Justine has conceived and delivered the Mayor’s statutory culture strategy since the inception of the GLA. She shaped the Mayor’s Investment Strategy for the creative industries and overseen City Hall’s work across music, theatre, film, fashion, design, games and art – including building the Fourth Plinth Commission into the UK’s biggest sculpture prize.

Justine founded and is Chair of the World Cities Culture Forum and played a lead role in the cultural programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – staging the capital’s biggest ever festival with over 5000 events. Prior to the Mayor’s Office, Justine spent over a decade in the field of contemporary dance, producing, commissioning and running festivals and venues.


Director of Liverpool Biennial – The UK Biennial of International Contemporary Art
Liverpool Biennial – The UK Biennial of International Contemporary Art

Sally Tallant is the Director of Liverpool Biennial – The UK Biennial of International Contemporary Art. From 2001–11 she was Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London where she was responsible for the development and delivery of an integrated programme of Exhibitions, Architecture, Education and Public Programmes. She has curated exhibitions in a wide range of contexts including the Hayward Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Hospitals, Schools as well as public commissions.

She has developed commissioning programmes for artists in a range of contexts and developed long-term projects including The Edgware Road Project, Skills Exchange and Disassembly. She has also curated performances, sound events, film programmes and conferences including initiating the Park Nights series in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions and co-curating the Serpentine Gallery Marathon series with Hans Ulrich Obrist. She is a regular contributor to conferences nationally and internationally.

She is a Trustee of Metal, and Advisory Board Member of Open Arts Archive (Open University), a Board Member of the International Biennial Association and a member of the London Regional Council for the Arts Council of England.


Chair of Arts Council London Area Council

Veronica Wadley is Chair of Arts Council England, London.

She has had a distinguished career as a journalist, as Editor of the Evening Standard  from 2002-2009 and previously Deputy Editor of the Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph. During her seven years as Editor of the Standard, she championed the arts and chaired the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and Film Awards.

From 2012-2016, she was Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London.

She co-founded the Mayor's Music Fund in 2011 to give music scholarships to young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds and was Chair until 2017. She is also Governor of the Yehudi Menuhin School and Member of the City of London Education Board. Previously she was a Trustee of Northern Ballet and an Advisor to Greenhouse Schools.

She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Berkeley Group and an Independent Director of Times Newspapers Holdings.

Term of Appointment: 1 July 2010 - 30 June 2018. (Reappointed 1 July 2014).

Image captions
Top left to bottom right: 1. Maudits Sonnants by Transe Express Company at Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender. 2. The Jubilee Sweetshop at Beamish. Photo © Beamish Museum. 3. New Wolsey Theatre's Feed the Beast by Steve Thompson. Photo © Patrick Baldwin / New Wolsey Theatre. 4. Nuffield Theatre's Merlin. Photograph © Luke MacGregor.