Brian Maina (He/Him) is a London based curator, creative producer, writer and emergency medicine clinician.
Brians curatorial and creative production practice is focused on championing majority ethnic artists and LGBTQ identifying artists within the art market. He is currently the curator for the Arts Platform and agency Black British Art.
Karin leads the strategic development of the organisation alongside the Artistic Director. She is responsible for team leadership, business planning, and delivering the capital campaign as the organisation prepares to return to Peckham Square. Karin has more than ten years of experience within the arts and charitable sector and has worked with cultural organisations to develop their financial resilience including brand, communications, audience and partnership development.
In combination with her experiences in leadership she has studied Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths University and worked as a Researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy in the Netherlands.
Farrah Riley Gray
Youth Platform Coordinator
Farrah is a multi-disciplinary artist and youth worker. Her practice holds a focus on misogynoir, the experiences of Black communities and mental health as she works through textiles, audio and text to explore the representation of marginalised communities within art and art spaces. Farrah is also a member of Part-Time Collective, a collective of disabled artists who facilitate workshops centred on disability and mental health. A graduate of Goldsmiths University, Farrah was the recipient of the Christine Risley Award with exhibitions and performances at The Horniman Museum, Pushkin Gallery and Wellcome Collection.
Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf
Nephertiti underpins the creative and strategic leadership for the organisation. Alongside the Executive Director, she works to expand partnerships and sectoral reach at a time of significant cultural and social change. She is responsible for developing and leading Peckham Platform’s artistic vision as the organisation prepares to return to Peckham Square. Through nurturing community embedded artistic practice and networks she connects local histories and multiple heritages with socially based art in the UK and internationally. Nephertiti has worked on large scale and high-profile projects with leading arts organisations including the Manchester and Whitworth Galleries, Somerset House, and the Singapore Biennale.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Bernardo is in charge of Peckham Platform’s Marketing and Communications, providing support for the organisation’s artistic and strategic programming. With a main background in music alongside the performing arts, Bernardo’s practice focuses on bringing his broader experience in audience development and creative communications to ensure Peckham Platform’s mission and story stand out in its vibrant ecosystem.
Learning and Community Engagement Manager
Levi Naidu-Mitchell is an interdisciplinary artist, currently based in London. Her practice centres around the Carnivalesque, its dynamism as an artistic medium and the plethora of ways it can be translated as a tool for positive, vibrant elevation. Workshop facilitation, collaboration, community, site specific and socially engaged projects are all fundamental to her creations and she deems it essential to work intergenerationally, always considering the living archive, ancestry and the legacies that we produce through our art.
Staff team images by Emile Holba with set styling by Jade Adeyemi
Trustees & Advisors
Harold Offeh is an artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. Harold is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of histories. He employs humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including Tate Britain and Tate Modern; South London Gallery, Turf Projects, London; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Wysing Art Centre; Studio Museum Harlem, New York; MAC VAL, France; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark and Art Tower Mito.
Tobi Kyeremateng FRSA
Tobi Kyeremateng FRSA is a multi-award-winning multidisciplinary producer and writer from south London. Working across liveness, film, and community-centred programmes, Tobi has worked with organisations such as AFROPUNK, Institute of Contemporary Art, National Theatre, No Signal, Roundhouse, Royal Court Theatre, Tate Modern, and more, and has had work featured on BBC, NOWNESS, FACT Magazine, Complex, Screen Dance International Festival, The Vinyl Factory and 180 The Strand. Tobi has written for media outlets including gal-dem, The Independent, The Voice and LOVE Magazine and has written and co-directed audio commissioned by the ICA & BBC.
Fatma Abbas Sufi
Non-Executive Special Independent Director
Fatma Abbas Sufi is an advocate for the elevation of the socio-economic circumstances of ethnic minority groups as well as other disadvantaged groups. She holds a BA in Business Administration and has worked for the London Borough of Islington for over 14 years. Fatma speaks 3 languages: Somali, Italian, and English and believes that languages remove barriers and bring people together.
Kirsty Stober is a Youth Platform alumna who worked as a producer in the first-ever Festival of Audacity and on the programme for Chinese New Year at Birmingham’s Hippodrome. She runs independent events geared towards showcasing Black entrepreneurs in Birmingham. Kirsty has worked in communications since graduating in PR, media, and events and now works with us as a PR specialist.
Non-Executive Special Independent Director
In the last two decades Christopher has been working in the field of recruitment and human resources, essentially assisting unemployed people into employment for charities and housing associations. In the past I have worked for a local authority carrying out Human Resource (HR) functions in schools throughout North London as well as conducting HR functions for charities in London.
Christopher currently works as an Information, Advice and Guidance Advisor for a Housing Association. I am relishing the role of Non-Executive Special Independent Director at Peckham Platform. I believe that I could make a difference to the organisation through imparting my knowledge skills and experiences in tackling the barriers that exist regarding people from ethnic minorities accessing and working in the Arts. My quest is to work diligently to improve complex situations that may exist and ensure that everyone gets access to flourish and grow.
Hannah Clayden is an artist. She is project manager at the creative arts charity Create and works locally in community engagement. She believes in the importance of increasing access and representation in culture, working together towards a fairer society. As a Youth Trustee she works closely with our Youth Platform. She became involved in Peckham Platform as a volunteer in 2013 and worked as our Learning Assistant until 2017.
Helen Tovey is Co Executive Director at the Unicorn Theatre, the UK’s leading theatre for young audiences, and Trustee at NIE – a touring theatre company creating work with and for young people, based in Cambridge. With sixteen years’ marketing experience in venues in and outside of London, Helen has a strong interest in developing audiences for socially-driven arts organisations who have a mission to make great art that changes lives.
Advisor and Founder
Emily Druiff is Peckham Platform’s founding Director, leading the organisation for its first decade as it achieved Arts Council England National Portfolio Status and established its commitment to social practice. Emily continues to have a close relationship with Peckham Platform as an advisor alongside her independent work as a social arts researcher, consultant and coach.
Phil Allison is CEO/Founder of Cultureshock, the arts and culture content agency. He was previously publisher of Tate and Blueprint magazines before launching Cultureshock with Tim Marlow in 2003. Since then, he has published over 400 titles (magazines, books and catalogues) with many cultural institutions. He has overseen the launch of major identities,
websites and films for organisations including The British Council, the V&A, Sothebys and the Sainsbury Centre. He has produced a number of TV series, most recently Sky Arts Late. He is a local resident who believes in access to art for everyone.
Peckham native Zelie Walker-Noble is an independent art advisor working with collectors around the world. With over 15 years’ experience in the art industry, she previously worked at an international art advisory in London, a contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong, and for more than a decade at global auction house Christie’s, based between its European and Asian headquarters. A specialist in client strategy and the global art market, Zelie has helped drive ongoing client engagement with large-scale high-profile events and charity fundraisers. She has also curated initiatives tailored to cultivating individual relationships. As Trustee, Zelie will bring her in-depth knowledge and extensive networks to guide and support the fundraising and capital projects for Peckham Platform. She is a patron of non-profit arts organisations in Hong Kong and London, and is passionate about giving back to the communities of her home town, Peckham. Zelie studied Fine Art at Leeds University and York University, Toronto.
Leslie Ramos is the founder of ArtEater, a philanthropy and strategic development agency with a focus on the arts and cultural sector. Leslie works with some of the world’s most prominent philanthropists, collectors, institutions, businesses and artists on matters relating to fundraising, giving and cultural strategy in the art world. Currently Leslie is the Head of International Relations for the Fondation Maeght in Saint Paul de Vence, France and consults for several European charities and philanthropic families in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Prior to founding ArtEater and for over a decade, Leslie worked for various prominent arts organisations including the Royal Academy of Arts, Christie’s auction house, The Art Newspaper, the Teatro La Fenice, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.