Meet the team


  • John Cumming OBE
  • David Jones
  • Claire Whitaker OBE

Development & Learning

  • Liz Skipper - Head of Development
  • Anna Casey - Head of Learning & Participation
  • Katie Pattinson - Development Coordinator
  • Jack Cuthbertson - Development Coordinator
  • Grace Lindley - Learning & Participation Coordinator
  • Katalin Milnes - PA to Claire Whitaker
  • Bettina Porstmann - Development Assistant & Receptionist

This team works closely with Claire Whitaker and is responsible for new business development through the establishment of partnerships in the public, private and NGO sectors. This includes managing relationships with current funders and sponsors. Equally the team is responsible for devising, managing and realising the company's learning and participation programmes.


  • Trish Brown - Head of Production
  • Luke Macpherson - Event Producer
  • Steph Clarke - Event Producer

The Production team manages the logistical planning and production of all our events and on a strategic level contributes to the shaping and development of our work.


  • Piers Mason - Associate Director, Communications
  • Anne Lawler - Communications Coordinator
  • Beth Sinden - Communications Coordinator

The Communications team manages the marketing and press campaigns, as well as ticketing, for all Serious events, including the EFG London Jazz Festival.


  • Fran Bryant - Head of Operations

Talent Development

  • Rob(ert) Farhat - Talent Development + Jazz Programme Manager


  • Pelin Opcin - Director of Programming


  • Ope Igbinyemi - Director of Finance
  • Emma Kavanagh - Finance & Office Manager
  • Blessing Mugadza - Finance Assistant

The Finance team is responsible for the financial control and accounting of the business.