Staff & Trustees

From Front of House staff to our Board of Trustees, we are a community of passionate individuals that believe in making the Gallery a centre of excellence and a place for the discovery of photography for everyone. 

Install shot from the Fiona Tan exhibition in 2012

Staff & Trustees

From Front of House staff to our Board of Trustees, we are a community of passionate individuals that believe in making the Gallery a centre of excellence and a place for the discovery of photography for everyone. 

Director: Shoair Mavlian

Finance and Operations
Director of Finance, Operations and Business Enterprises: Andrew Gault
Finance Manager: Terence Eytle
Finance Assistant: Ines Schlenker
Senior Gallery Manager: Jason Welling
Deputy Gallery Manager: Andrew Rickett
Visitor Relations & Events Manager: Alan Miller
Front of House Manager: Tahmina Rahman
Visitor Relations Coordinator: Lydia Larson
Visitor Relations Coordinator: Tom Margetts
Visitor Relations Coordinator: Konrad Turos
Visitor Assistants: Artur Siudem, Grace Su, Gregor Petrikovič, Pip Whitelock, Olivia Rocha, Nick Michaluk, Sam McGovern

Head of Exhibitions: Clare Grafik 
Senior Curator: Karen McQuaid
Senior Curator: Anna Dannemann
Producer, Digital Programme: Sam Mercer
Producer, Digital Programme: Arieh Frosh
Adjunct Research Curator: Katrina Sluis
Head of Education & Projects: Janice McLaren
Curator, Talks & Events: Luisa Ulyett
Curator, Youth Programmes: Rawanne Koumaira
Archivist: Kathryn Tollervey
EPQ in Photography Teacher: Elle Andrews
EPQ in Photography Teaching Assistant: Eva Jonas

Head of Communications: Emma Dixon
Digital Manager: Claire Sargent
Marketing Officer: Sara Esteves
Communications Coordinator: Chloe Orji

Head of Development: Sam Newman
Senior Development Manager: Chloé Taltas
Development Officer: Victoria Roper

Bookshop Manager: John Buckle
Deputy Bookshop Manager: Martin Steininger
Bookshop Specialist Sales Coordinator: Dilly Thain

Café/Bar & Events Manager: Catarina Zampier
Deputy Café Bar Manager: Albert Kelleher
Café/Bar Assistants: Finley Gilzene, Sakie Matsubara, Red O’Donnell, Olivia Rocha and Rossella Sette

Print Sales
Director, Print Sales Gallery: Anthony Hartley
Print Sales Deputy Director: Lucie Donaldson
Print Sales and Communications Coordinator: Anna Luk
Print Sales Registrar: Ada Skalioti

Develop Ambassadors
Aisha Seriki
Kairo Urovi
Eric Aydin-Barberini
Filip Skiba
George Robson 
Nathan Ford
Maksymilian Socha 
Saskia Drake


Matthew Stephenson - Chair
Matthew Stephenson was appointed Chair of trustees in Autumn 2017.  He is an enthusiastic and passionate international art world professional with extensive auction and commercial gallery experience. A former Senior Director at Pace London, Matthew is able to seamlessly engage with artists, curators, collectors and journalists.  As well as his specialist knowledge and networks, Matthew brings a wealth of strategy, development and fundraising skills to the Gallery.

Jananne Al-Ani
Jananne Al-Ani is a London based Iraqi-born artist. She studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art and graduated with an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art. She is currently Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London. Exhibiting widely both nationally and internationally, her recent work explores the impact of photography, flight and the technologies of modern warfare on the representation of contested landscapes.

Polly Barnes
Polly Barnes is a chief people officer who has worked in-house at global board level and as a consultant to start-ups. Polly is currently Operating Partner at EQT Ventures. [Appointed 2022]

Deborah Botwood Smith
Deborah Botwood Smith is Chief Executive of LPeC, a group of listed private capital firms. Her expertise lies in building understanding and engagement, particularly in the financial sector, having worked at Investcorp, Coutts and Visa. She also has experience in public policy and advocacy in the not-for-profit area. In the charity sector, Deborah is co-chair of Action on Disability and Development and a board member of the Andan Foundation. She has a longstanding interest in the visual arts.

Montana Leigh Hall
Montana Leigh Hall is the founder of Run The Check, a platform that showcases paid creative opportunities. With an audience of over 30,000 on social media, RTC advertises jobs for organisations such as Penguin Random House, V&A, Serpentine Galleries, D&AD and Wieden+Kennedy. As well as working with the Design Museum Young Creatives and the RA’s Attract programme Montana has been involved with The Photographers’ Gallery youth outreach since 2015 when she led a teen tour and took part in a panel discussion on Higher Education in 2019. She is currently studying Interaction Design Arts at UAL’s London College of Communication. Her long-standing interest in visual and digital arts and youth advocacy brings a creative and digitally savvy approach to her Trustee role at TPG. [Appointed 2021]

James Kelly
James Kelly is a finance professional providing commercial and strategic advice to a wide variety of individuals, business and charities. Immersed in the arts and art-related businesses for over 30 years, he is currently a Trustee of the City and Guilds London School of Art, and – prior to his semi-retirement - managed the business affairs and activities of contemporary artist, Damien Hirst. Previously, he spent more than 20 years as a partner at the international Chartered Accountants, Rawlinson & Hunter, where his clients included artists, photo libraries, galleries and auction houses.  This background brings a valuable and informed financial and commercial experience to his Trustee role at TPG. [Appointed 2021]

Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis is a business leader with significant expertise in digital transformation and consumer brands.  Passionate about the impact of creativity on business and culture he started his career developing high profile advertising campaigns before going on to lead a number of the UK's best-known online businesses including eBay, John Lewis and MoneySupermarket Group plc.  In addition to his role as Trustee of The Photographers Gallery, he is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Santander UK plc. [Appointed 2021]

Daniel Oudkerk QC
Daniel Oudkerk QC is a silk at Essex Court Chambers. He specialises in commercial and employment litigation with a substantial Court and advisory practice. He  is also a member of the BBC Diversity Panel set up by Lord Hall in 2014.

Joe Phelan 
Joe Phelan is a communications executive, who has devised and led global campaigns for a number of Governments, corporates and well known individuals.  He is the European lead for the New York based Greatest Works Agency, which advises major educational and cultural institutions on ways to engage with new audiences and generate new streams of revenue, through both site-based and digital educational experiences. In addition to his role as a Trustee of The Photographers’ Gallery, Joe is a Future Contemporary of the Serpentine Gallery and a Young Patron of the Royal Academy of Arts. 

Michelle Shuttleworth
Michelle Shuttleworth is an experienced financial and operational leader, having held CFO roles across both the private and public sector, including BBC, Burberry, Thomson Reuters and Scope.  Michelle is an active advocate for women in finance, having assisted in founding the BBC’s Women’s Network.  She is also passionate about the Arts, regularly speaking on the importance of finance in this sector and ensuring that resources are employed in the most impactful way for audiences. A mother to four young boys, Michelle is committed to widening access to the arts and the inspiring worlds it can open for young people.  
[Appointed 2021]

​Elspeth Walker
Elspeth Walker is a writer with a particular interest in extending the accessibility and diversity of arts and culture. Elspeth holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick and is founder of the Compression Arts Collective, a group that produces written content around contemporary arts. She currently works as an exhibition host at the Hayward Gallery as well as a voluntary copywriter at Agora Digital Art.  Elspeth is especially interested in extending the reach of arts education and brings an informed and valuable perspective to her Trustee role at TPG. [Appointed in 2021]

​Kay Watson
Kay Watson is a researcher, producer and curator working with art and advanced technologies, photography and video games. She is currently Head of Arts Technologies at Serpentine where she leads the art and technology programme.