Board

Meet our dedicated Board of Trustees, responsible for the governance and oversight of the charity.

Sydenham Arts has operated as a registered charity since 2015, and our board of trustees has grown since then to recognise the challenges and changing environment of the arts and charity sector. Meet the team below.

Board

Meet the Board

  • Vice Chair

    Barbara Morse

    Vice Chair

    I've lived in the area for over 40 years and have been involved in Sydenham Arts originally as a volunteer and latterly as a board member since the first festival. My working life was in education. I'm interested in most forms of the arts and love being involved as part of the team promoting them locally. The lockdown has given us the chance to put more events online and reach a wider audience. As we come out of lockdown, I'm looking forward to playing a part in the exciting future plans.

  • Trustee

    Damien McGlynn

    Trustee

    Damien joined the Sydenham Arts board during the strange times of 2020. Originally from Dublin, Damien studied Fine Art (Sculpture) at the National College of Art & Design in Ireland before beginning a career working in visual arts organisations. Damien moved to Edinburgh and worked for both Tate and National Galleries of Scotland for several years on youth and digital engagement through touring exhibitions around the UK. Relocating to South East London in 2016 and settling in Forest Hill, he became a Director at Creative Lives (formerly known as Voluntary Arts), a charity which supports and encourages people to be creative in their everyday lives. He has significant experience in communications, partnerships, project management and funding and has worked on many European projects. Damien loves film photography, and is a 'bit' of a music nerd.

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    David Smurthwaite

    Trustee

    Born in Yorkshire I have lived in Sydenham for over 40 years. Retired from a career in Museums I joined the Board of Sydenham Arts in 2014 with my main interests in concerts, drama and satire. I felt that a vibrant, local Arts organisation had an opportunity to bring enjoyment and inspiration by helping people in Sydenham come together as a community through listening, watching and performing the Arts. My wife and I are active supporters of the LSO, LPO and Philharmonia Orchestras, Wigmore Hall, Covent Garden, the Royal Academy, and Dulwich Picture Gallery.

  • George Lee

    Trustee

    Bio here.

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    Ioanna Papageorgiou

    Trustee

    Based in Athens, Greece, as a film reviewer, journalist, and editor Ioanna collaborated with various magazines, newspapers, online platforms, and special editions, while globe-trotting, attending all the major Film Festivals and numerous other press junkets and events, meeting wonderfully talented and diverse people, for more than 20 years. Upon her move to London, she worked as a post-production assistant to a documentary filmmaker and volunteered first as a consultant, then as a programmer to Sydenham Arts Film (formerly Sydenham Film Club). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication/Advertising and a Master’s in Art Criticism. She is currently employed in the Financial Services sector, but via Sydenham Arts continues to feed, express and share her passion for the arts and culture.

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    Isabel White

    Trustee

    Involved with Sydenham Arts since 2013, Isabel has seen the company grow from an annual festival to a year-round programme that is now a cultural cornerstone within the community. Isabel combines 30 plus years in fundraising and charity management with a passion for the arts, particularly poetry and music. She has been on the board of several organisations including the Poetry Society. Isabel lived in Sydenham for 10 years before relocating to Somerset, but she has retained her links to this part of London. Isabel is passionate about broadening audiences for all the creative arts.

  • Isabelle Robillard

    Trustee

    Bio here.

  • Chair

    Jan Stockwell

    Chair

    Jan moved to Sydenham in 1985 and has been a trustee of Sydenham Arts since 2014, and Chair since 2019.  She started her career at the Edinburgh International and Newbury Spring Festivals - before moving into international trade union and development politics and then central government education policy - and is very happy to have the opportunity to bring the focus of her energies full circle, to help enrich the community she loves.  She has a voracious appetite and curiosity for all forms of artistic expression, but if missing can usually be found in one of London’s many cinemas or galleries.

  • Jemilla Olufeko

    Trustee

    Bio here.

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    John Clark

    Trustee

    John was Treasurer of Sydenham Arts from 2014-2021 and is now standing down as he is (slowly) moving from Sydenham to Suffolk.
    John has lived in Sydenham since 1996 and his main interest in the arts locally was to promote social cohesion between people of all ages and from the many different cultural and ethnic groups in our area.

    John’s work experience has always been in social housing, and included financial management at a senior level, preparation of long term financial forecasts, and training in housing association finance.

  • Treasurer

    Katie Cross

    Treasurer

    Katie joined Sydenham Arts as Treasurer in 2021.  Katie is interested in most forms of art, and is passionate about using arts to bring value back to the community, engage with all groups in society and to foster new creative talent.

    Katie is a qualified Chartered Accountant who has worked across strategy, technical, advisory and process improvement roles most recently at BBC and BBC Studios.  She has also worked at Bank of America and KPMG.  She is passionate about leading positive change and offers a varied, complementary skillset as a valued business advisor and partner and in her current role she is responsible for driving strategic projects and leads on long term financial planning.

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    Rachel Scott

    Trustee

    Rachel has lived in Sydenham for 7 years and loves exploring culture and the arts. She is particularly passionate about theatre, literature and spoken word. Rachel is the Director of Marketing for The Stage Media Company with a particular interest in digital strategy. She was one of the creators of the Future of Theatre Conference, The Stage Debut Awards, and Get Into Theatre - a website aimed at helping young people of all backgrounds find routes into fulfilling careers in theatre. She joined Sydenham Arts in 2020.