Meet our team

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Luci Noel

Fair Director Battersea Autumn and Hampstead
Joining us in August 2011 as a Team Assistant, Luci quickly became the team’s Production Manager that November, and has more recently stepped up to direct two of our four UK fairs. Having been a Project Officer for a Community Interest Company, Luci also moonlighted as a freelancer for the likes of Matt’s Gallery, the National Federation of Artists Studio Providers and the Whitechapel Gallery.

With both a BA from St Martins and an MA from Birkbeck under her cap, Luci’s particular passion lies in the s’s of the cultural sector: the sustainability of subsidised studio provision and supporting artists through art school and into independent practice.

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Accounts Assistant
A woman of many talents, Katherine completed a Masters in Criminological Psychology at Nottingham University before turning her hand to primary school teaching for three and a half years. Having left the classroom and discovered a flair for finance, Katherine joined us in early 2016 as our Accounts Assistant.

Katherine’s interests are just as diverse outside of the office – if she’s not indulging in a spot of culture at the theatre, you’ll probably find her perfecting her serve on the tennis courts or trying her hand at water aerobics!

Katherine Armstrong

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Programmes and Partnerships Manager
Another Northerner, Sarah has lived in Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire, completing her BA at Leeds College of Art & Design in 2007. A big move to London followed, and Sarah spent the next five years at the Whitechapel Gallery working in Visitor Services, focusing on disability access and also having the opportunity to work at various art fairs in the UK and US.

Over the years Sarah has busied herself with a studio practice, curating exhibitions and illustrating supermarket value brands, as well as working for East Street Arts, immersive Art & Design company Traces and even worked for a time as a painting assistant in Hackney Wick. Sarah’s interests primarily involve broadening access and interaction with art and promoting the importance of art in enriching lives. Nowadays Sarah focuses on cake related activities, mainly eating, baking and thinking about cake.

Sarah Barrett

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Junior Designer
Graphic Design enthusiast Callum spent his university days turning his tiny student room into an exhibition space, displaying everything from installations to fine art and design. This unconventional approach to arts education led him to graduate with a first class Graphic Design degree in 2013. Since then he has worked on exhibitions and marketing campaigns for the likes of Somerset House and the Design Museum, and has continued to explore the graphics industry working on numerous freelance commissions. Joining us in early 2015, Callum hopes to enhance his contemporary and multi-disciplinary artistic skills in his role as our Junior Designer.

In his spare time Callum can be found falling over on a ski slope, learning Jiu-Jitsu, working in his studio, or ‘losing' his gym card on a regular basis.

Callum Bowdler

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Financial Controller
After a brief stint working in advertising in Chicago, Alison was blown over the oceans to our fair lands, where she undertook her second degree and completed a PhD in English Literature at London’s King College.

Having spent her university life reading books, Alison has spent the last 16 years keeping books for the arts world. She found herself working for theatre and television, and rolled with the punches at the World Wrestling Federation, before we offered Alison her dream job here with us in 2008. We’re good in a fight.

Alison Clarke

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Fair Manager Battersea Autumn and Hampstead
Carla began her career in Event Management in 2007 and has been working in events ever since. Joining us in early 2015, Carla is bestowing her wealth of experience upon our UK fairs and, as an avid admirer of the arts, is delighted to now be working within the industry.

The multi-talented Carla is not afraid of a challenge and her love of travel has seen her trekking in the Himalayas, volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal and becoming a qualified scuba diver. A keen runner, Carla has tackled a Tough Mudder race and, more recently, the London Marathon.

Carla Dolan

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Regional Managing Director UK
Joanna joined us in early 2016 after a successful career in the travel industry, culminating in being appointed UK Managing Director for Kuoni Travel and Senior Vice President for Kuoni Europe. With an academic background in Management Sciences, having read for a B.Sc. at the University of Warwick, Joanna also has a keen personal interest in all things art and culture. A long time fan of the Affordable Art Fair, she has previously completed part time studies at the V&A, Chelsea School of Art and Design and Central St. Martins.

When she’s not in the office, you’ll find her baking up a storm in the kitchen, or working off her delicious creations by walking an impressive five miles a day.

Joanna Edmunds

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Management Team
With a combined degree in Business Management and Drama, Stacey worked for Barclays before taking a place on our stage in 2010. She has been very busy working and studying to achieve her CIMA qualifications. Now qualified to management level, she is currently undertaking her final exams.

Among her many and varied talents, Stacey works with the local Air Cadets Squadron teaching children aged 13-18 handy life skills such as first aid and leadership. She is also a qualified scuba diver and loves exploring the hidden depths of different places around the world.

Stacey Forshaw

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Fair Director Battersea Spring and Bristol 
Having previously worked as Deputy Show Manager for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we’re delighted that Sam’s blossoming career led her to us in early 2016.

Never one to rest on her laurels, when Sam isn’t busy directing our Battersea Spring and Bristol fairs, she’s also a contemporary landscape artist, a keen hiker and explorer of the wild outdoors, a woodwork enthusiastic, and self-appointed zookeeper of her home menagerie (including Mousecop the cat). Her secret? Eight cups of tea a day … we’ll all be trying that!

Sam Gare

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Marketing Director
Graduating from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Jess took a one-week job at the Affordable Art Fair in 2000 and has never quite managed to leave again!

Since 2007 Jess has been curating the Recent Graduates’ Exhibition at the Battersea Fairs in October, and is currently enjoying working on our marketing campaigns; satisfying both her creative urges and her need to tinker with colour-coded spreadsheets. Jess has kept her studio practice, and occasionally runs an ultramarathon, or ironman triathlon.

Jessica Hall

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Fair Manager Battersea Spring and Bristol
Leigh read for a degree in International Events Management at Brighton University, and her career has since led her on various adventures across Europe. Having lived in Santander, Spain, and worked at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, we’re thrilled she’s now settled with us in London as our Fair Manager for Battersea Spring and Bristol.

When she’s not globetrotting (and often when she is) you’ll find her exploring galleries and live music concerts. We also hear she’s a dab hand in the kitchen … Dinner at Leigh’s, anyone?

Leigh Richards