Staff and Trustees


Ali Williams


David Williams

David Williams joined LEAN as its Treasurer in 2012. He went to Cowbridge Grammar School, Cwmtawe Comprehensive and – less successfully – University College Cardiff before embarking on a career in the civil service in 1981. He has worked in a Benefit Office, the Department for International Development, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, and helped set up the Marine Management Organisation before its move to Newcastle upon Tyne. In this time he has helped prevent fraud, saved a few million pounds, and helped a number of good colleagues deliver more than they expected.

David left the civil service in 2011, first to supervise some much-needed building work at home, and then to find a new challenge. As an occasional – if unskilled – artist, qualified accountant and internal auditor, David has learned the value of creativity, method and quality. LEAN’s mission to enhance the creativity and personal qualities of the people it touches appealed to him. Therefore he has accepted the role of Treasurer to use his knowledge of risk management and financial control to help LEAN prosper.

Georgina Kettlewell

Georgina Kettlewell is the Community Learning Manager at the Horniman Museum & Gardens. In this capacity she oversees the delivery of a wide variety of learning programmes for families, adults and community groups. The programme reaches in excess of 50,000 a year and ranges from focussed engagement projects to popular family and adult learning programmes. Georgina was previously Education Manager at Dulwich Picture Gallery, and has worked and volunteered in museums and galleries for over 12 years.

Nicole Young

Producer/Actor , Openwide Theatre Nicole Young has a degree in Performing Arts (1985) and went on to work for BBC Radio Drama and Radio 2 (1987-1993). Whilst working at the BBC, there was the opportunity to produce quite a number of theatre productions (on a profit-share basis) as well as perform in many. Also a few short amateur radio plays and films. On leaving the BBC, Nicole toured with small scale theatre before setting up Openwide Theatre in partnership with Gillian Lubrinitsky in 1995. Since the spring of ’95, Openwide Theatre has staged over 1500 performances in 30 counties and 30 London Boroughs throughout the UK (and Jersey). Whilst only three of us work full-time, Openwide has a loyal and hard working freelance and support team, from Trustees to prop makers. We hope to expand in many areas over the next few years, including more performances, more full-time staff and greater company profile.

Veronica Jobbins

Veronica Jobbins is Head of Professional and Community Development at Laban where she directs the Education and Community Programme and lectures in Dance Education. She originally trained as a specialist dance teacher at London College of Dance and Drama before teaching for over 7 years at Sydenham Girls School. Following a year studying for an MA at Laban she became an advisory teacher with the ILEA PE Inspectorate, working in schools across London. She then became Co-ordinator for Performing Arts at City and Islington College, Sixth Form Centre teaching a range of courses including GCSE, A Level and BTEC, before moving to Laban in 1996.

Veronica Jobbins has taken an active interest in promoting and developing dance in schools throughout her career and was instrumental in the formation of the National Dance Teachers’ Association in 1988, of which she was Chairperson until 2008. She regularly writes for dance and arts journals and presents at conferences in the UK and abroad, serving on a number of dance, arts and education panels and working groups concerned with youth dance and dance in the curriculum.

 Special interests in Dance and the arts in education include:

  •  Place and role of dance in the school curriculum
  •  Arts education policy /curriculum development
  •  Dance artists working in education
  •  Training of teachers, community workers and dance artists for work in schools/colleges
  •  Continuing professional training of teachers and community dance workers
  •  Access and progression for young people in dance



Alison Wood
Programme Engagement Officer

Alongside her position at LEAN, Alison programmes and delivers weekly family art activities for the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust and freelances in education roles at the Museum of Childhood, National Portrait Gallery, Sir John Soane’s Museum and Historic Royal Palaces. Alison became interested in arts education after teaching English for two years and subsequently completing an MA at SOAS in Global Creative and Cultural Industries. During this time she researched a wide range of issues affecting participation in the cultural industries and remains particularly interested in learning about how a space for dialogue between institutions and the public is achieved in a practical sense. In her role as Programme Engagement Officer, Alison is especially looking forward to identifying and developing new services to support those working in arts education in the borough through working directly with and learning from LEAN’s extensive network. 

Jane Hendrie

Jane Hendrie has a BA (Hons) in Arts Management and has been the Manager of Lewisham Education Arts Network (LEAN) for nine years. During this time Jane has managed arts education projects and events, published five editions of LEAN’s annual arts education journal: Created and offered training, support and advice to teachers and artists in the borough. She is committed to supporting schools and other organisations increase the range and breadth of creative opportunities offered to children and young people in Lewisham. Through LEAN she has managed five arts education projects for Deptford X, organised whole school creative professional development for teachers, ran artists training (with partners), delivered annual Artsmark training for teachers, undertaken research and monitoring and evaluation, facilitated a youth arts network and managed a range of large scale arts education projects. Jane is probably most proud of the success of ‘Speak Out’; a collaborative project that brought teachers, speech and language therapists and drama organisations together to tackle speech and language development needs in Lewisham children. Over the last nine years Jane has represented the voluntary and community sector and arts sectors at a number of partnership boards, fora and advisory groups locally and capital wide. She is currently a member of Lewisham Strategic Partnership Board, chaired by the elected Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock.

Steve Willcox
Finance and administration officer


Annie Sheen
Cimeon Ellerton
James Thomas
James Thomas studied music at Goldsmith College and York University and has worked in music education since 1986. He is an experienced teacher, community musician and trainer whose work encompasses a range of sectors: primary, secondary, post-compulsory and community education. James has worked as a session musician and arranger and as musical director/composer for several theatre productions and community projects. He was director of the Lewisham Academy of Music and led his own Latin Jazz band “Fusion Blue” for 6 years. In 2003 James was appointed Head of the Lewisham Centre for Young Musicians and has taught at The Conservatoire since 1993 and leads on their partnerships and community projects. As a trainer, James has devised and led professional development courses and workshops for musicians and teachers, music services and community arts providers. He has also taught on teacher training courses and arts-based vocational training programmes.
Louisa Irvine

Louisa Irvine is a visual artist and freelance Consultant for arts organisations and businesses. She has worked in a wide range of creative settings both publicly and privately funded. She was the Information and Partnerships Manager for London Schools Arts Service, an Arts Council project which connected creative practitioners and schools for many years. Previously an art and design teacher and lecturer, she taught young children in primary school, all ages of learners within a gallery education setting, as well as ages 18+ on a Foundation Art & Design course. Other roles include working in marketing, project managing and events organising for creative businesses and cultural organisations.

Her creative practice involves textiles, printmaking and photography, and has been exhibited internationally. She is passionate improving the quality and quantity of art and design education offered in schools and believes that every child should have access to well rounded curriculum of arts subjects. She has faith in the healing power of the arts and hopes to empower people of all ages to incorporate creativity into their lives.

Louisa Pestell
Martin Colley

Martin Colley is a teacher at Deptford Green School, currently leading the Transition Team delivering an integrated English/Humanities/ICT curriculum to Y7s. Previously he has worked with young people at risk of care and custody in Southwark, run a Pupil Referral Unit in NW Kent, worked as 2ic English in a Woolwich boys school, as Behaviour Support Centre Manager and Director of Extended Services at Deptford Green, and as SENCO in a Lewisham comprehensive. He enjoys playing music inexpertly on a variety of instruments including the bodhran and the bass guitar and enjoys all forms of art though he can’t draw horses. Post degree he has studied, amongst other things, Community Leadership at NCSL and Birkbeck, Educational Leadership at the Institute of Education and Critical Friendship at Canterbury Christchurch College. After reading ‘The Moon’s a Balloon’ while at school he was determined to work towards a checkered career, an aspiration he feels he has met.

Rebecca Dove
Ross Bolwell-Williams

Ross graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama, with a first class honours degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education.

After working as a freelance drama practitioner for a number of arts organisations, Ross joined the MakeBelieve Arts team in 2010. Ross’s role as Creative Project Coordinator entails developing, managing and delivering a range of participatory and creative programmes of work, in addition to managing a team Creative Associates.

Since at MakeBelieve Arts, Ross has trained in Restorative Approaches, Philosophy for Children and of course the Helicopter Technique. Ross has a strong belief in the power of ‘play’ and the role creative exploration has in in animating education and making learning both experiential and enjoyable.