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    Just as our festival draws from artists across the UK and around the world, the people behind LIFT are no different. We’re an international squad repping Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Jamaica, Nigeria, St Lucia and Wales and who all make London home.

    Kris Nelson

    Artistic Director & CEO

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    Stella Kanu

    Executive Director

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    Sheri Carr

    Freelance Youth Mentor

    Alice Sewell

    Head of Communications & Audiences (P/T)

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    Isabelle Acred

    Head of Development

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    Patricia Akoli

    Assistant Producer - Young People (P/T)

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    Mekel Edwards

    Production Manager

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    Nina Franco

    Freelance Youth Mentor

    Claire Leith

    Development and Marketing Assistant

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    LIFT’s generous and supportive Patrons are Dame Amelia FawcettRalph FiennesSir Nicholas HytnerLady Helena Kennedy, Sir Mark RylanceFiona Shaw CBEJuliet Stevenson CBEDame Janet Suzman and the Earl of Gowrie.


    LIFT is governed by a dedicated and talented board of trustees, supported by a Tottenham Board and a Finance Committee. Their support ensures we are able to deliver all that we do to the highest standard.

    Bernard Donoghue

    Director - The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions

    LIFT Trustee (Chair) & LIFT Finance Committee

    Simon London

    Head of Original Programmes & Content at Africa MediaWorks Limited (YangaTV/24Live)

    LIFT Trustee

    Helen Shute

    Chief Executive/Executive Director, Rambert

    LIFT Trustee

    Martin Harrison

    Group Finance Director at Hibu (formerly Yell)

    LIFT Trustee & LIFT Finance Committee (Chair)

    Hannah Azieb Pool

    Artistic Director, Bernie Grant Arts Centre

    LIFT Trustee

    Alan Strong

    Deputy Chief Product Officer at Inmarsat

    LIFT Trustee & LIFT Finance Committee

    Craig Hassall AM

    CEO - Royal Albert Hall

    LIFT Trustee

    Anne Pritam

    Partner at Stephenson Harwood LLP

    LIFT Trustee

    Enni-Kukka Tuomala

    Empathy Designer

    LIFT Trustee

    Richard Huntington

    Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Saatchi & Saatchi London Group

    LIFT Trustee

    Malakaï Sargeant

    Associate Director - Theatre Peckham

    LIFT Trustee & Tottenham Board (Chair)

    Aileen Walker OBE

    Public engagement and parliamentary strengthening specialist

    LIFT Trustee & LIFT Finance Committee


    Donna Walker

    Project Manager for Young Migrant Care Leavers, Haringey Council

    Tottenham Board

    Gina Moffat

    Director of Blooming Scent (BGAC)

    Tottenham Board

    Imwen Eke


    Tottenham Board

    Neri Gun

    Owner, Downhills Park Cafe

    Tottenham Board

    Joanna Yeung

    Heritage Manager, Tottenham Hotspurs Foundation

    Tottenham Board

    Elena Pippou

    Cultural Officer, Haringey Council

    Tottenham Board

    Carolina Khouri

    Haringey Arts

    Tottenham Board

    Charmaine Simpson

    CEO, Black History Studies

    Tottenham Board

    Anne Marie Anang

    Local Tottenham artist

    Tottenham Board