Staff and Trustees


Nancy Stridgen


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 Head of Learning at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. Georgina trained in Art History before moving to London to pursue a further degree and career in museums. Previously Education Manager at Dulwich Picture Gallery, she joined the Horniman as Community Learning Manager in 2007 before taking over as Head of Learning in 2013. She has worked and volunteered in museums and galleries for over 17 years. Georgina oversees the direction of the learning and inclusive volunteering programmes at the Horniman, delivered by 17 members of staff, a large freelance team, and programmes involving over 250 volunteers each year. She leads strategic learning partnerships and contributes to capital projects, interpretation strategies and the museum's integrated public programming.

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. 

Holly Henry
Finance and administration officer

Since graduating from a BA in History in 2011, Holly has worked in the Arts and Heritage sector in a range of Front of House, Administrative and Project Management roles. Currently, alongside her role at LEAN, Holly has recently started a role at the Florence Nightingale Museum running their volunteer programme and community engagement activity. Prior to this, she was the Learning, Community and Interpretation Administrator at the Old Royal Naval College. Holly is also working towards an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths University and is particularly interested in arts and education policy and museum learning.

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.


Cimeon Ellerton
Dearbhaile Nairn
Emma Webster
Jak Berry

Jak Berry is Manager for Instrumental and Vocal Music at Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES). Jak manages a team of over 100 tutors delivering weekly instrumental and vocal lessons, works closely with the Borough’s primary, secondary and special schools to ensure wide access to music provision, delivers training, teaches woodwind in schools and conducts youth ensembles. As part of his role, Jak heads the Borough’s Saturday Music Centre, providing progression and performance opportunities for almost 200 young musicians. Jak moved to Lewisham from Lancashire 13 years ago to study for a BMus at Trinity College of Music.

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.
Laura Davis

Laura is a freelance publishing and marketing consultant in the arts, and is currently the interim marketing manager for the Royal College of Music. She previously ran the publishing and digital operation for the BBC Proms and Performing Groups and is a keen amateur classical musician. After a stint as a teaching assistant in a comprehensive school, she became invested in access to arts education for all our young people, and works with postgraduate students in her role as Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts London. (She holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Publishing.)

Louise Rickwood

Louise is currently the Education Programme Manager at the Roundhouse. This role provides creative learning opportunities for young people in schools, PRUs and colleges (in particular those with SEBD or SEN). Louise is an experienced cultural education professional, having previously worked in a variety of theatres, schools, and museums across Hampshire and London, producing, directing and managing participatory arts events. She is passionate about creating accessible cultural opportunities for all young people. Louise studied Theatre and Professional Practice at Coventry University, and is also a keen musician.

Zoe Kinstone

Zoë Kinstone is a Programme Manager at Into Film, a film education charity that puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people aged 5-19 across the UK. This involves overseeing the delivery of film watching, making and understanding through film clubs, teacher training and interactions with the film industry. She previously worked for TimeBank, the national volunteering charity, as a Programme Manager overseeing a variety of projects including those that supported young people across the UK to develop community projects, a mentoring project for leaders of small community groups, and mentoring projects for people recovering from mental illness. She grew up in South London and after four years at the University of Bristol studying for an MA in Maths and a few years living in East London, she settled in Lewisham. She is currently enjoying rekindling a love of ballet through Lewisham's adult education service and is trying to remember how to play the flute after many years.