Artist(s) studio to let – North Pavilion
The ground floor of our North Pavilion is now available 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
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

Sarah Steenhorst
Learning and Participation

Through facilitating conversations and collaborations between artists and communities, my role enables me to nurture the co-development of project ideas from inception to outcome. As Learning and Participation Coordinator, bringing people together to engage in artist-led events and workshops is a big part of what I do, and fundamental to the success of the Arts Centre’s aims to support the co-creation of art between our communities and the artists we work with.

If you would like to develop a project with us or get involved with our programme, please contact me on
Emily Young
Commercial and Development

My role is to manage and increase commercial opportunities as a way of supporting our charity’s valuable work.
I coordinate the channels that are key to providing vital income including venue hires and creative learning courses, alongside finding new financial opportunities which help to grow the Arts Centre’s public programmes.
To find out more about hiring a space with us, creative learning opportunities, and ways of financially supporting our work, contact me on

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 using this time to completely re-think 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

Marcus Philips
Sarah Dewhurst
Andrew Brown
Chair – Laura Keen FCA, Finance Director and Deputy CEO, Milton Keynes Community Foundation. Laura led on the running of the Foundations property portfolio and accompanying development strategy

Vice Chair – Poppy Sebire, Associate Director, Simon Lee Gallery. Poppy has extensive knowledge of the commercial sector and as Artist Manager for Simon Lee Gallery works with Josephine Pryde and Dexter Dalwood.

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.

Sarah Davies, Head of Development, Punchdrunk. Sarah is an experienced fundraiser, having secured a series of key funding relationships while with Punchdrunck. Prior to this Sarah worked as Development Manager at Artangel.

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.

Oona Grimes, Artist and Lecturer, Royal College of Art. As both tutor and exhibiting artist, Oona brings the voice of the artist to MKAC’s board as well as in depth knowledge of the HE education sector.
Previous Trustees include
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

Milton Keynes Arts Centre
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