EEA - Key Persons


ADA OOI

Job Titles:
  • DIRECTOR

ALEXANDER KENYON HOMFRAY

Job Titles:
  • CONSULTANT
  • Director

Anna van der Poorten

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
Anna has built up many years of experience in facilitation, devising, planning and coordinating a wide variety of art projects with children, young people and adults.

Arji Manuelpillai

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
Arji is a published poet and has over 15 years experience working with some of the country's most brilliant communities.

Ben McKnight

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Director of Communications, Stakeholder and Government
  • Is Director of Communications, Stakeholder and Government Relations for Hull 2017 UK City of Culture
Ben McKnight is Director of Communications, Stakeholder and Government Relations for Hull 2017 UK City of Culture and former Senior Press Officer working as part of the Mayor's media relations team at the Greater London Authority. He managed the Culture & Community Desk and worked closely with the culture, events and education teams. He has managed media and communications for events large and small, including the St Patrick's Day and St George's Day festivals, the New Year's Eve fireworks at the London Eye, the Liberty disability arts festival and the Fourth Plinth project in Trafalgar Square. He led communications for the Mayor's cultural programme during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, working closely with the London 2012 media team. Ben also has experience of working on fundraising events in the voluntary sector, specifically at the British Red Cross and London Lighthouse, and has an MA in Arts Policy and Management Policy from Birkbeck College.

Ben Raine

Job Titles:
  • Head of Production
  • Member of the Board
Ben Raine has an extensive background in many areas of production including music, theatre and large-scale outdoor spectaculars. Ben Raine is our Head of Production. He has an extensive background in many areas of producing and production in the arts including music, theatre and large-scale outdoor spectaculars. He has worked with Emergency Exit Arts for over 20 years, his knowledge and skills cover producing many types of shows and installations and all areas of production management. Ben has a musical background that includes over 20 years as an active touring musician and studio production. Ben composes music for many of EEA's shows as well as writing and producing music and soundscapes in a freelance capacity for other many companies. Ben also freelances as a Creative Production Manager for various one-off projects and has worked with Tangled Feet, Dot Comedy, Kinetika and Nutkhut. He has worked throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and the Middle East.

BENJAMIN MYERS MCKNIGHT

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • SENIOR PRESS OFFICER

Craig West

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Designer in Theatre
  • Lighting Designer
Craig is an experienced lighting designer in Theatre, dance and circus genres.  He undertakes several lighting design projects a year and has been working professionally as a lighting designer for over 10 years. As well as lighting design for theatre, dance and music Craig has great diversity in his practice including lighting for site-specific and site-responsive events; mobile illuminations and interactive light sculptures; exterior architectural lighting, carnival and parade lighting. He is always happy to experiment and enjoys working and being part of highly creative and collaborative environment. Craig is an experienced lighting designer in Theatre, dance and circus genres.  He has been working professionally as a lighting designer for over 10 years Arji is a published poet and has over 15 years experience working with some of the country's most brilliant communities.

Daisy Lee

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
Daisy joined EEA's pyro team in 2015. With a love of fire and pyrotechnics, and 20+ years' experience in outdoor events, she also heads up Leeway Creative Production. Arji is a published poet and has over 15 years experience working with some of the country's most brilliant communities.

DANA KOHAVA SEGAL

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • FUNDRAISER

Dana Segal - Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman
  • Chairman of the Board
  • Consultant
Dana Segal is a consultant specialising in fundraising & not-for-profit management working across the UK, Europe & Asia with INGOs, NGOs and charities. She is Director of Adapt for Arts, Senior Partner Consultant at =mc Consulting and Deputy Director of the National Arts Fundraising School. Dana joined the board because she is passionate about performance, creativity and it's role in community participation, and has long admired the impressive and life-enhancing work of EEA.

Daniel Bernstein - CEO

Job Titles:
  • CEO
  • Member of the Board
​Daniel joined Emergency Exit Arts in January 2012. He is a professional manager working in the arts and other Daniel joined Emergency Exit Arts in January 2012. He is a professional manager working in the arts, used to working with co-operatives, collectives and other lively groups of people. Before EEA he worked as a freelance Creative Producer specialising in widening participation. He has worked on numerous Brazilian inspired carnival events, creative partnerships, as Development Officer for Arts Council England, and in international franchising for the Body Shop setting up new shops in new countries. He currently plays for Euphoria Steel Pan, having previously played, performed and managed Carnival Collective.

Deb Mullins

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
Deb Mullins has an extensive and distinguished career as a pioneer in outdoor and participatory arts. Her career spans close to five decades and she is one of the founder members of Emergency Exit Arts (1980) - now a member for life. She was Co-Artistic Director from 1991 -2003 and during her time as Artistic Director from 2003 - 2019, EEA became an ACE National Portfolio organisation and a leading light in outdoor arts with a unique approach to participation, learning and creative activism. During that time she worked across the UK and Europe in collaboration with hundreds of creative people: artists and participants; technicians and producers; partners and a multi-talented staff team. Deb is now an independent creative producer, artistic director, evaluator and mentor. Her clients include: the Unwrapped Festival in Ireland, Creative Barking and Dagenham, Hackney Carnival, London Mela, Remarkable Productions, Invisible Needs, Coventry City of Culture, Arts Partnership Surrey and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is current Chair of Outdoor Arts UK, a board member for Scarabeus Aerial Theatre and a Director of Creative Force CIC based in East Sussex.

Di Jones

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Di Jones 's Freelance Career in Community and Celebratory Arts Has Taken Her the Length and Breadth of Britain
Di Jones's freelance career in community and celebratory arts has taken her the length and breadth of Britain. Highlights include designing and leading workshops to make a section of the huge carnival celebrating the opening of the Channel Tunnel; working with schools to create lantern installations in the National Theatre; many and varied gigs with Emergency Exit Arts, from comedy street performances with hand held fireworks to art sessions with parents and under 5 in Children's Centres, to making giant Ravana effigies for the London Hindu Community and many many workshops for carnivals and lantern processions. Di is very experienced in making giant puppets, shadow puppetry, processional images and costumes with schools, communities and residential projects, and loves to work with people of all ages. Her more recent experiments have led her to deliver exciting workshops exploring light and shadows with puppetry and storytelling, often upcycling ‘waste' everyday materials. Di's own sculpture practice, exploring themes of anthropocentricism and utilising waste plastic as an art material, informs and is influenced by her work in community and education, and she considers it integral to all her activities.

Emma Parkinson

Job Titles:
  • Course Director
  • Director
  • Member of the Board
Emma Parkinson is Course Director for postgraduate studies in Emergency Management and Resilience at Coventry University Emma Parkinson is Course Director for postgraduate studies in Emergency Management and Resilience and Crowded Places and Public Safety Management at Coventry University, where she specialises in crowd safety, emergency management, and organisational approaches to the interrelationship of safety and security. As a practitioner, she is employed in the management of crowded places, with clients including international music festivals, sporting venues and city centre events. Her background is in the provision of large-scale event stewarding services, and she is currently undertaking a doctorate exploring the barriers to the development of safety-related resilience in the management of temporary mass gatherings. She's also a licensed pyrotechnician, so EEA felt like a very natural fit!

Eva Dunne

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Marketing and Events Assistant
Eva has joined EEA as part of the government's Kickstart scheme. She is an English grad from QMUL with an interest in accessible arts and the heritage sector, hoping to extend her career into project management and exhibition development. Creating the content for EEA's social media and website, Eva has a passion for writing and plans to utilise this throughout her career.

FATEMEH AMIDI - CEO

Job Titles:
  • CEO
  • Director

Hannah Rushforth

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Project Manager
Hannah graduated in 2000 with a BA (hons) in Fine Art Sculpture. She then went on to work in TV production for a few years in the art department before starting to work in participatory arts in 2007. Hannah has been freelancing with Emergency Exit Arts since 2019, and has experience in organising large scale public events and community outreach.

Issy Shortt

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Production Assistant

JAMES DUNCAN BRINDLE

Job Titles:
  • DIRECTOR

Jo Paul

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Artist, Designer
Jo Paul is a London based artist, designer and facilitator. Jo combines her work in the arts sector, designing for theatre, dance and outdoor arts, alongside participatory arts facilitation, coaching and training for arts organisations across the UK. Her visual arts practice is at the centre of her work. Jo's designs have been seen in shows from Edinburgh Fringe to the Royal Opera House. She completed an MA in Scenography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London. Her personal art work has been exhibited in various galleries and spaces in the UK. Her work, mostly textile based three dimensional works and installations, often uses delicate fabrics or threads as a metaphor for fragility, vulnerability, grief and human connection. As an arts facilitator Jo has worked with many groups of people, from children to elders both nationally and internationally. Companies Jo has collaborated with as well as Emergency Exit Arts include; Candoco, Diverse City, Extant, Graeae, Heart FM/ Plusnet, Spare Tyre, East London Dance, Fevered Sleep and Proud & Loud Arts to name a few.

Joe Fleming

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
Joe Fleming is a performer, multi-instrumentalist, clown & workshop facilitator.

Jules Hodgson

Job Titles:
  • Executive Director
  • Member of the Board
Jules joined Emergency Exit Arts in 2009. She has experience of working for leading arts and events charities including the Royal Albert Hall and Action Space. Jules facilitates the running of the company, marketing and communications, finance, fundraising and programme support and anything and everything else! She is passionate about supporting the arts and artists to ensure the most people possible have access to free arts and culture. Jules graduated from the University of West of England, Bristol (UWE) in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She is also a freelance artist specialising in photography and photomicrography and has exhibited work in Bristol, London and Edinburgh. Trustee at Kazzum Arts.

Justin O'Shaughnessy

Job Titles:
  • Production and Event Manager
In my opinion, there is only one organisation I will go to for advice, collaboration and a huge skill set and that is EEA.

Katie Currie

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
Since graduating from the Glasgow school of art in 2017 Katie has been working as a freelance artist and maker.

Katrina Wesseling

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Administrator and Project Manager for Historic England
Katrina is a creative facilitator, performer, puppeteer and arts administrator from New Zealand. Since moving to the UK, she has started exploring her passion for outdoor arts and is currently taking on the challenge of Administrator (maternity cover for the wonderful, Ruthie) at EEA, as well as managing the Historic England project.

LAURA WOODWARD

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • PRODUCER

Mark Allan

Job Titles:
  • IT Manager
  • Member of the Board
Mark is our reliable and patient IT manager. He has been involved with EEA since 1987 and was General Manager of the company in the late 1990s. He also performs with and manages the Bollywood Brass Band and Crocodile Style, two of the longest running projects at EEA and now running independently of the company due to their huge success. He is a founder member of both groups (in 1987 and 1992 respectively), playing baritone sax. As the Bollywood Brass Band developed its stage presentation, he moved offstage to become the band's VJ, projecting video sequences from Bollywood films in sync with the band's live music. Mark has been animating the street with music since starting his career playing on anti-nuclear demos in the early 1980s. His involvement with the International Festival of Street Music led to the birth of the Bollywood Brass Band through a collaboration with India's Shyam Brass Band. He writes for world music magazine Songlines and has taught Music Business at Kingston University.

Mel Wilds

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
She is one of the founders and directors of Continental Drifts, an event management, music and performance agency.

Michèle Petit-Jean

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Artist
Michèle is an experienced artist and performer with a passion for carnival, theatre, musical theatre puppetry and dance.

Miriam Steiner

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board

Natasha Cossey

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Artist, Designer
Natasha Cossey is a visual artist, designer, creative practitioner and performer. She has worked professionally in collaborative participant-centred projects for the past 17 years. Natasha is passionate about creating highly visual, accessible artwork. She has developed a participatory practice that includes ambitious art programmes, community-led carnivals, processions, outdoors theatre shows and large-scale spectacles. Fueled by the desire to create art that invites people to engage, play, share, celebrate and ultimately to enable participants to be more articulate with their own creative expression and activism.

Pablo Larrosa

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Project Development Officer
Pablo has a background in marketing and events for the arts charity sector including roles in theatre, contemporary art galleries and community arts events

Patrick Bullock

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Associate Artists
Patrick has a broad range of skills and experience, including theatre set design, float design and manufacture, costume, prop making, physical and vocal performance...

Paul Bryce

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Founder of Lightfires
Paul Bryce set up Lightfires in the spring of 2015 after ten years working freelance in special effects for a number of internationally acclaimed companies.

Reuben Massiah

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Artist
Reuben is an artist and learning facilitator. He has extensive experience in producing and delivering arts education projects for Royal Air Force Museum, Emergency Exits Arts & British Library.

RICHARD MUNCASTER

Job Titles:
  • DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
  • Director
  • Member of the Board
  • Board Member since September 2013
  • Freelance Consultant
Richard is currently a freelance consultant and fundraiser. He has been the Development Director for Living Streets, the national charity that campaigns for better streets and encourages walking. Prior to that he was the Development and Communications Director at the disability arts organisation, Shape. He has also worked for large national charities such NSPCC and Scope and has over 15 years' experience working in the arts and voluntary sectors with a focus on income generation and marketing.

Ruthie Carlisle-Brown

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Office Manager
Ruthie's primary background is in creative organisations and cultural research, with ten years of arts administration experience and a Masters in Cultural & Creative Industries under her belt. Ruthie has clerically supported companies such as the Royal Academy of Arts, Canterbury Festival, Cultural Co-operation, Vayu Naidu Company and Pan Macmillan. Don't be fooled by her skills with MS Office however, as she is an avid storyteller, DJ and cabaret performer. Ruthie first encountered EEA's work when the Fire Bird from our Mechanical Menagerie chased her around the Theatre Field at Glastonbury Festival. As the Office Manager, Ruthie deals with our monitoring, audience development and compliance. Providing crucial information to clients and funders while supporting the team to bring exciting outdoor arts experiences to new audiences. Ruthie's primary background is in creative organisations and cultural research. With five years of arts administration experience.

Shanika Warren

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
  • Creative Engagement Manager
Shanika's experience in outreach and creative engagement includes organisations such as Talawa Theatre Co, Tenda Arts and London Bubble.

Shermaine Slocombe

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
Shermaine is a participatory and interdisciplinary artist and educator and has worked in the cultural and education sector for over 20 years

Sita Thomas

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board
Sita is a multi-disciplinary artist with a keen interest in increasing representation of marginalised communities.

TERESA HOEY - CHRO

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • Head of HR
  • HR PROFESSIONAL
  • Member of the Board
Teresa is Head of HR for the parliamentary regulator, IPSA. Previously she worked in HR and operations management for more than 15 years.

Tracey Sage

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board