Shared Artist Studio to let – North Pavilion
The first floor of our North Pavilion has studio space to let within the grounds of Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Find out more︎︎︎

Find out more about our team

Fiona Venables

As Director, my role is to provide leadership and to maintain a strategic overview of all aspects of the Arts Centre’s work, reporting to our Board of Trustees. I support our team of staff and volunteers, the artists with which we work and Milton Keynes communities in co-developing programmes of work that are ambitious, exciting and accessible to all; that improve people’s lives and have a lasting legacy.
If you would like contact me, please do so at

Kay Taft
Operations and Finance

My role is to oversee the day to day running of Milton Keynes Arts Centre, this includes financial reporting duties, governance, site maintenance and staff rotas. I work with my colleagues at the Arts Centre to provide a safe and caring environment as a platform to support our programme of events, workshops and artists in residence.
Claire Sapsford
(Currently on Maternity Leave)
Communications and Partnerships

My role is to find meaningful ways to connect people to the work we do. Through building social networks, looking after media and press relations and overseeing the Arts Centre’s digital and print communications I am able to support my colleagues share our projects and increase engagement with our communities, artists and friends.

If you would like to find out more about what’s on offer, get involved in a project or share our stories, contact me on

Zoe Cheng
Commercial and Communications Coordinator

My role here at MKAC includes two different parts. On the bookings side, I help manage venue hire bookings, creative parties, ceramics open sessions and kiln firing services, these are all ways for us to generate more income to help support our charity work. Another part is communications, I put together weekly newsletters and manage our social media channels, my goal is to get the word out there on what’s happening and what we are doing.

To find out more about hiring a space with us, contact me on

Emma Barford
Programming & Participation

My role is to work across our courses and artist projects, pulling everything together to make sure everyone has the best experience. Whether you are one of our artists or thinking of joining us on one of our creative learning experiences I am here to answer your questions.

If you would like to contact me about taking part in or leading one of our Creative Learning Courses or have a general query about our programme email
Daniel Chehade
Online Curator

I work with the whole team to create an effective online presence for the programme at Milton Keynes Arts Centre. I’m currently re-thinking how we can use the website and the other online platforms to better connect and represent what goes on at the Arts Centre, to improve how we work with artists and communities online.

If you would like to contact me or get involved in the online programme email

Sarah Dewhurst
Andrew Brown
Terry Castleton
Chair – Laura Keen FCA, 
Honorary Treasurer at MK Arts and Heritage.

Dr Haithan Askar is a Senior Consultant Director at Cavendish Management Resources and a Visiting Professor at the University of Northampton, with extensive experience in the construction industry and research interests in project management, building information modelling and sustainability.

Alice Barnett is Senior Marketing Manager at Blippar, which specialises in augmented reality content creation and publishing to smartphones and the web. Previously she worked as Marketing Manager at Waddington Custot.

Allawee Albaghdadi, Property Lawyer, EMW Law. Allawee is a real estate lawyer with considerable experience gained working in-house for a former FTSE 100 retailer as well as private practice.

Valerie Wallersteiner, Fundraiser, Stowe School. Valerie has extensive knowledge of the education and heritage sectors playing an active role in the day to day life of Stowe School.

Michael Smythe, Artist, Producer and Founder of Nomad Projects. Michael studied installation, performance and art history at the Australian National University, Canberra, and Hochschule Der Künste, Berlin.

Jonathan Clements, Senior Project Manager at Ridge and Partners LLP. Jonathan is a Chartered Project Management Surveyor with a First Class Honours Degree in Building Surveying. 
Previous Trustees include
Sarah Davies, Freelance fundraiser, bid writer and copywriter
Oona Grimes, Artist 
Lorna Gemmell, Head of Communications, Barbican
Fennah Podschies, Head of Resources & Enterprise, Modern Art Oxford
Arzu Rezvani Webb, Radiologist, Barts Health NHS Trust
Jayne Flint, Employment Lawyer, Shoosmiths
Tom Molloy, Deputy Head Teacher, Gifford Park Primary School
Tara Lovelock, Headteacher, Great Linford Primary School

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