Liz Whitehead, Director

I was one of the original co-founders of the gallery in 1996. I lead on the artistic and educational strategy, working with my senior colleagues on the artistic programme and fundraising.

Sally Connellan, Front of House Gallery Manager, Volunteer Coordinator & Office Assistant

My roles at Fabrica include coordinating the volunteers during Front of House and other points of the volunteer programme, Office Assisting which includes day-to-day management and financial duties and I frequently manage or assist many of the various events we hold around the exhibition.

Shonge Holdgate, Finance Administrator

I joined Fabrica in August 2016. I am responsible for the organisation’s finance and accounting functions.

James Gasston, Volunteer Coordinator

I joined Fabrica as a volunteer in 2015 and am now a Volunteer Coordinator and the lead facilitator of our Men in Sheds project.

Ross Hammond, Volunteer Coordinator

I have performed a range of roles at Fabrica and am currently responsible for co-ordinating our large pool of volunteers.

Shelley Bennett, Trustee

Shelley joined the Fabrica Board in Dec 2014. She is a communications expert working principally within the arts and culture sector. 

Role / expertise on the board: PR and Marketing

Carolyn Collard, Trustee

Carolyn joined the Fabrica board in September 2014. She has more than 30 years’ experience of finance management expertise across both commercial and charity sectors.

Role/expertise on the Board: Finance, charity accounting, chair of Income Generation Working Group

Dr Helen Walker, Trustee

Helen Walker has been a Trustee of Fabrica since 2006. She is an independent strategic
planning consultant with experience of managing local authority heritage, conservation and urban
design projects.

Role / expertise on the board: Capital works and building based operation and maintenance

Tamara Hamilton, Trustee

Tamara brings a valuable perspective to the Board, having worked for major financial services companies in the City, as well as bringing expertise in sustainable design and a keen interest in the arts. 

Role / expertise on the board: Sustaintable design

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Anne Rupert, Business Manager

I joined Fabrica in April 2016 and I’m responsible for general management of the organisation (including the 200-year-old church that is our home) as well as raising earned income and donations.

Clare Hankinson, Audience Development Manager

I work with artists and facilitators to explore different ways of meeting and engaging this audience, through exhibitions and events at Fabrica, other arts venues and in the community.

Valerie Furnham, Office Manager & Assistant Venue Manager

I manage our main office, exhibition installations and am responsible for coordinating The Response magazine: a magazine created by volunteers as a response to the current exhibition.

Elin Karlsson, Venue Hire Manager

I look after venue hire and manage events such as weddings, launches and parties.

Mick Watson, Communications Manager

I joined Fabrica in November 2016 and am responsible for overseeing how we communicate with our audience and the wider world.

Sally Bourner, Volunteer Coordinator and Textile Flow Facilitator

I support volunteers and visitors in the Gallery space and facilitate Textile Flow Workshops that take place between Fabrica and Leach Court Senior Residential Scheme.

Paul Bevan, Chair of Trustees

Paul is an independent consultant on urban regeneration and European affairs with over 30 years’ experience as a city planner and senior manager locally, regionally and internationally.

Role / expertise on the board: Chair, Governance, EU

Richard Beales, Trustee

Richard Beales has over 14 years’ experience of managing participation and learning programmes within the formal cultural sector. He is recognised as having delivered one of the UK’s most advanced museum and gallery community outreach programmes for Towner, East Sussex. 

Role/expertise on the board: Young people and galleries, learning

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