Sarah Mann became Director of the Architecture Design Fashion team in April 2016. She joined the British Council from the National Trust, where she has been developing a strand of contemporary programming for a portfolio of historic properties.
Previously, Sarah was Programme Manager for the British Council on Connect ZA, a three-year season of arts projects focused on building connections between emerging creative industries in the UK and South Africa. She commissioned projects including the Maker Library Network with Daniel Charny as part of Cape Town's World Design Capital and Joburg Photo Umbrella with Brighton Photo Biennial and the Market Photo Workshop.
Between 2008 and 2012, Sarah was part of the curatorial team and Head of Learning and Participation at Somerset House, where she worked on a ground-breaking series of exhibitions and public programmes including SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution, Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Fair, Maison Margiela 20 and Tim Walker: Storyteller. Sarah has an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University and the Design Museum.
To contact Sarah, email: sarah(dot)mann(at)britishcouncil(dot)org
Senior Programme Manager
João joined the ADF team at the beginning of 2014, advising on global projects and running programmes across Architecture, Design and Fashion in the Americas. João has previously led on ADF work in East Asia, and manages major programmes including the Lina Bo Bardi and Rogelio Salmona Fellowships, UK links with international Architecture and Design Biennales and Festivals, and oversees ADF's Residencies and Fellowships.
Since studying for his Graphic Design degree at Central St Martins, João has fostered an interest in the history of design, visual culture and cultural identity. In 2010 João received an MA in Cultural & Critical Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London, where he carried out research in Exhibiting Cultures and Aesthetics & Cultural Theory. At the end of 2012, João joined the British Council Arts team in Brazil, where he delivered the Visual Arts and Museums strands of Transform, a four-year culture and creativity platform for exchange between Brazil and the UK.
From 2007 to 2012, João was Curator and Project Manager at Gallery 32, where he led the programme of exhibitions, screenings and talks. Gallery 32's main aim was to promote Brazilian visual culture, with a focus on modern and contemporary art, architecture and design. João has curated a number of design exhibitions, including Brazil Illustrated, and recently commissioned major ADF projects for UKMX, the year of cultural exchange between Mexico and the UK, including the UK Pavilion at Guadalajara Bookfair and Ways of Seeing, an installation by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan.
To contact João, email: joao(dot)guarantani(at)britishcouncil(dot)org
Kendall programmes, curates, produces and commissions architecture, design and fashion events and exhibitions across East Asia as well as in the UK. She advises on the British Council’s fashion work internationally. Her programmes currently focus on fashion futures, craft and cultural heritage, emerging fashion economies and fashion design education.
Kendall has devised and managed major programmes such as Crafting Futures and Fashion DNA. She has been involved in tens of other major projects and touring exhibitions, working with international partners such as Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Jakarta Fashion Week, Lagos Fashion and Design Week, Riyadh Fashion Days, Skopje Fashion Weekend and many others.
In 2017, Kendall was the Acting Senior Programme Manager, and in 2016, she was Acting Director Arts for British Council Bangladesh. She previously led on the British Council’s architecture, design and fashion work in South Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.
To contact Kendall, email: kendall(dot)robbins(at)britishcouncil(dot)org
Programme Manager, Fashion
Niamh specialises in fashion history and curation. She studied English Literature prior to completing an MA in Fashion Curation, and is particularly interested in the intersections between fashion, literature, philosophy and cultural theory. Niamh has previously led on our UK International Showcases programme, which includes the International Architecture Showcase and Design Connections. She continues to lead on the ever-growing International Fashion Showcase, and on programmes in Wider Europe.
After graduating from Oxford University with a BA in English Literature, Niamh completed an MA in Fashion Curation at the London College of Fashion. Her interests in fashion have tended to be interdisciplinary and her MA final project focused on the subcultural clothing of beat writers and artists in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Having shifted her focus to fashion curation, Niamh began work with the Shwop Lab project with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and the National Trust, where she programmed Out of Hours, a cross-disciplinary art event at Ham House. Niamh joined the ADF team in 2012 to assist on the production of the international showcases, as well as other programmes including Mark-ing, Design Explore and Gem.
To contact Niamh, email: niamh(dot)tuft(at)britishcouncil(dot)org
Hannah joined the British Council in 2018 to curate, programme and commission international projects across architecture, design and fashion. She is developing global programmes, including Making Matters and Fashion Revolutionaries. Hannah is also the lead for architecture, design and fashion programmes across Sub Saharan Africa.
Previously Art Director at The Future Laboratory, Hannah led a cross-disciplinary team. She devised editorial, film, events and installations that aimed to inspire new possibilities for the intersections of design, technology and the environment. She consulted on design futures and delivered keynotes at global institutions including Dansk Fashion and Textile, as well as guest lecturing at education institutions including RCA and UAL Futures Studio.
Hannah took a sabbatical in 2014 to study sustainable design and fashion in New York, and completed a residency in Design For Social Change at the School of Visual Arts. Hannah also holds a first class bachelors in Fashion Photography and Styling from the London College of Fashion. Hannah recently worked with a co-operative of female designers in Guatemala and also consulted for Impossible, a sustainable design & innovation incubator.
To contact Hannah, email: hannah(dot)robinson(at)britishcouncil(dot)org
Programme Manager Design
Parvinder joined the British Council in 2018, where she leads on architecture, design and fashion programmes across the EU and South Asia. As design programme manager, she runs Design Connections, our annual delegation programme for museum directors and festival curators from around the globe.
Before moving back to the UK, Parvinder worked in The Netherlands, building a portfolio of work that includes writing, curating and interior architecture. She completed her Masters in Architecture & Urbanism with Distinction at Manchester School of Architecture, as well a first class BA in Architecture and a BArch.
She has published a number of articles on Indian architecture and design, a topic inspired by her background, becoming a regular contributor for Mark Magazine for this region. Parvinder helped found and develop XS Architecture, a platform that exhibits and sells products designed by Dutch architects, including MVRDV and UNStudio. She was also contributor to online platform Failed Architecture and Works That Work. She specialised in designing workspaces for startups, including Growth Tribe and VRBase. She also tutored at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam.
On moving to London, she worked as Creative Producer for architecture practice HASSELL, where her advocacy of equality, diversity and inclusion led to strengthening a partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.
To contact Parvinder, email: parvinder(dot)marwaha(at)britishcouncil(dot)org
Programme Manager, Architecture
Elena joined the British Council at the beginning of 2018 and leads on architecture, design and fashion programmes across MENA and the Americas while also managing our architecture programme globally, while Gwen Webber is on maternity leave.
After graduating from Central Saint Martins with a BA in Architecture, Elena completed an MA in Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University, in partnership with the Design Museum, London. She is interested in interdisciplinary practice between architecture and curating and her postgraduate dissertation focused on examining Architecture Installations as a way to represent architectural ideas.
Prior to joining the British Council, Elena worked as a Curatorial Research Assistant at the Design Museum where she assisted on the exhibitions ‘California: Designing Freedom’ and ‘Beazley Designs of the Year’. She also worked as a Researcher and Acting Project Coordinator for curator Jane Withers working on a number of events and exhibitions with a particular focus on the fields of sustainability and well-being. Elena also completed internships at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice and David Gill Gallery, London, and participated in the Venice Fellowship Programme in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.
To contact Elena, email: elena(dot)tamosiunaite(at)britishcouncil(dot)org
Jessica joined ADF in January 2018 to work on the International Fashion Showcase. Previously, Jessica worked as Programme Assistant at London Design Festival, helping to organise around 400 events in over 350 locations and handling partner content for both the guide and website.
Her previous roles include gallery assistant and exhibition lead at Lights of Soho, artFix and the Mead Gallery, image librarian at the Witt and Conway Libraries at Somerset House, and survey assistant for the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture.
After graduating with an Art History BA from the University of Warwick, Jessica completed her MA in Victorian and Edwardian Art at the Courtauld Institute in 2016, writing her dissertation on William Morris. She followed this with a diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics from the Institute of Art Law.
To contact Jessica, email: jessica(dot)mansfield(at)britishcouncil(dot)org
Kate Le Versha
Kate joined the British Council in 2016 and works part time as Marketing Manager for the ADF team, while continuing to run her independent communications and brand consultancy.
Based in Somerset House, Kate established ‘Le Versha’ in 2009 and has worked with over 40 brands from the worlds of design, art, fashion, craft and architecture including the Royal Institute of British Architects and many award-winning young studios. From furniture brands inspired by Brutalism, to architecture practices vying for the Young Architect of the Year Award, fine jewellery to embroidered wallpaper, hand blown glass to foundations working in Uganda and Myanmar; Kate is thrilled to support the creative talent she works with. At the British Council, Kate works across all of ADF’s programmes, applying her expertise in strategy, messaging, PR and marketing to projects from the Venice Architecture Biennale to New British Inventors.
After graduating from the University of Cambridge having read English Literature, Kate briefly worked in corporate communications with clients such as M&S, Tesco, Barclays Wealth and Goldman Sachs before striking out independently.
To contact Kate, email: kate(dot)leversha(at)britishcouncil(dot)org
Lucy joined the British Council in January 2019 as Marketing Manager, part time, alongside Kate Le Versha while continuing to work freelance as a creative producer and consultant.
With a background in production and communications for arts, culture and fashion projects, programmes and organisations, Lucy works with a variety of independent clients to consolidate their ideas within an overlying strategy and bring them to life through the production of films, events, photoshoots and shows. Previous clients include Art Night, Roberta Einer, The Bridge Co, Katie Ann McGuigan, SORT zine and more. At the British Council, Lucy works across all ADF programmes applying her expertise in strategy, concepts, creative and production to create communications campaigns that resonate globally such as Fashion Revolutionaries and the Venice Biennale.
Currently studying for an MA in Cultural and Critical Theory, Lucy is particularly interested in the intersection where aesthetics meet the social, political and cultural.
To contact Lucy, email; lucy(dot)swan(at)britishcouncil(dot)org
Genevieve started the role of Venice Fellowships Programme Manager at the British Council in March 2018, (covering Laura Broderick’s maternity leave). She works across Architecture Design Fashion and Visual Arts.
Genevieve is experienced in building partnerships and delivering impactful education programmes. Genevieve managed the V&A’s Corporate Membership programme, and coordinated partner projects such as a learning programme with Levi’s and Skepta around the exhibition You Say You Want A Revolution?. She also managed the Partnerships and Development team at The Institute of Art and Ideas, and launched the IAI Education platform, including UniTalks, a podcast for university access with The Brilliant Club and Kings College London.
Genevieve studied History at Oxford University, and then an MA in late medieval Italian Art History at the Courtauld Institute. She has since used her research skills at institutions including the Guggenheim New York and Saatchi Gallery, and on independent curatorial projects.
Working with 29 UK partner universities and organisations, Genevieve now manages the Venice Fellowships programme for 69 steward-researchers at the British Pavilion in Venice.
To contact Genevieve, email: genevieve(dot)marciniak(at)britishcouncil(dot)org
Laura started the role of Venice Fellowships Programme Manager at the British Council in April 2017. She works across Architecture Design Fashion and Visual Arts.
Laura’s interests are based on providing cultural and work-based learning opportunities for students and graduates. Collaborating with professionals from design and education, Laura is an experienced facilitator working to deliver rich learning experiences and outcomes.
An architecture graduate from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, Laura has worked in the charity and public sector programming educational events and projects linked to the built environment. She has worked across departments at RIBA, most recently in the London regional team on the student mentoring scheme and managing projects such as Pews & Perches.
On a national level, she has worked with UK schools of architecture and as an educational adviser at CABE, wrote publications for school audiences such as Our school building matters. Previously she worked for the architecture centre, Northern Architecture, delivering an outreach programme across the North East of England. Laura is from Gateshead.
Working with 18 UK partner universities and organisations, Laura now manages the Venice Fellowships programme for the 57 arts students and volunteers on a unique steward-research experience at the British Pavilion in Venice.