Sydenham Arts is run by a small but dedicated team, and with the support of our fantastic volunteers who help us to bring you events and activities throughout the year!


Meet the Team

  • Managing Director

    James Hodgson

    Managing Director

    James took over as Managing Director in February 2020, bringing with him expertise from working in the Arts and Charity sector for over 10 years. James has worked on exciting projects with venues including Hoxton Hall, Canada Water Theatre, The Albany, and as Festival Director of St Leonards Festival 2016 and 2017. He is professionally trained as a performer, director and devisor from Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, and has performed and directed at international festivals and UK venues, most recently directing Eggshells at Brighton Fringe and The Kings Head Theatre, London. James is also a practising Visual and Conceptual Artist.

  • Finance Manager

    Mike Coates

    Finance Manager

    Mike is a man of few words and a sharp eye who has lived in Sydenham all his life. He is now a semi-retired accountant and has looked after our finances here at Sydenham Arts since 2014.

  • Programme Coordinator

    Jenny Santo

    Programme Coordinator

    Jenny is the most recent addition to our team and is helping with marketing and managing our wide range of programmes.
    With a background in design and experience running a creative business, Jenny is passionate about community-based projects that thrive on creativity, engagement, and inclusion.