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Sarah Mann

Sarah Mann

Director

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

Kendall Robbins

Kendall Robbins

Acting Senior Programme Manager

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 programmes such as Crafting Futures, Fashion DNA, Common Thread and the Graduate Fashion Week International Residency Award. She has managed some of the British Council’s major fashion exhibitions, including Gem: Contemporary Jewellery and Gemstones from Afghanistan, and Reconstruction: Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Fashion. Kendall has been involved in tens of other major projects, working with 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 2016, Kendall was Acting Director Arts for British Council Bangladesh, and 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

Sara Black

Sara Black

Senior Project Manager Venice

Sara is responsible for the British Pavilion, Venice Biennale and joined British Council in October 2017, having produced the Turner Prize 2017 for Hull UK City of Culture with artists Lubaina Himid, Andrea Buttner, Hurvin Anderson and Rosalind Nashashibi.

Prior to joining British Council, Sara was a freelance curator, producer and project manager for over 20 years. She was born in Yorkshire and spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia where her father was working. She holds a Degree in Fine Art and a Masters Degree in Museum & Gallery Management and started her career as an Intern at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, followed by Exhibition Producer for Artranspennine98, a £3.5million site-specific project from Liverpool to Hull commissioning 55 artists in 30 sites including Nathan Coley, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Lawrence Weiner, James Turrell, Langlands & Bell, Mark Dion, Joseph Beuys, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov and Atelier van Lieshout.

Since then her roles have included Public Projects Producer, Liverpool Biennial; Project Manager, Folkestone Triennial; Production Manager, Barbican, London; Project Manager, London Design Biennale and Project Manager, Turner Prize 2017 UK City of Culture. In addition, Sara has established international artist residences, conferences and workshops and lead a two-year research project to explore hosting the European Biennial, Manifesta, in Cornwall.

To contact Sara, email: sara(dot)black(at)britishcouncil(dot)org

Gwen Webber

Gwen Webber

Programme Manager, Architecture

Gwen is interested in urban and cultural production and dissemination. Her work on architecture and design festivals, writing on cities and design and academic pursuits in architecture is testament to this. In 2016 she was project manager of the British Pavilion exhibition Home Economics for the Venice Architecture Biennale and more recently established the Venice Fellowships programme to take place during the forthcoming Art Biennale for the first time. 

Prior to this, Gwen was producer of the RIBA 2015 Windows Project and a freelance writer for international and national design and architecture journals including Blueprint, AR and The Architect's Newspaper. She studied Architecture at Nottingham and received an MA in Architecture History at the Bartlett, UCL. In 2013, she wrote Studio Tilt’s first book on participatory practice, Co-Design: A Primer (Black Dog). 

While living in New York, Gwen became interested in the influential work of Soho artists and their impact on the city’s development. Her research on the intersection between art and architecture led her to VoCA, where she coordinated programmes focused on oral history as a tool for the conservation of contemporary public art. Her interest in ideas and development of urban design and material and visual culture underpins her work at the British Council.

To contact Gwen, email: gwen(dot)webber(at)britishcouncil(dot)org

Niamh Tuft

Niamh Tuft

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 Robinson

Hannah Robinson

Programme Manager

Hannah joined the British Council in 2018 to curate, programme and commission 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 work 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 client projects and delivered keynotes at global institutions including Dansk Fashion and Textile, as well as guest lecturing at education institutions including RCA, Conde Naste college and UAL Futures Studio. 


Hannah took a sabbatical in 2014 in New York to study sustainable design and fashion, 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 volunteered with a co-operative of female designers in Guatemala and also consulted for Impossible, a design & innovation incubator.

To contact Hannah, email: hannah(dot)robinson(at)britishcouncil(dot)org

Kate Le Versha

Kate Le Versha

Communications Manager

Kate joined the British Council in 2016 and works part time as Communications 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 30 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

Parvinder Marwaha

Parvinder Marwaha

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

Genevieve Marciniak

Genevieve Marciniak

Venice Fellowships

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

Jessica Mansfield

Jessica Mansfield

Programme Coordinator

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

Jacob de Munnik

Jacob de Munnik

Programme Coordinator

Jacob joined the British Council early 2015 as Touring Exhibitions Assistant. He has since taken on the role of Programme Coordinator with ADF and worked across Design programmes, including Design Connections. With a background in art history he is interested in the potential for cross disciplinary collaboration between Design and Visual Arts and the challenges faced by both fields.

After receiving a BA in Art History from the University of Amsterdam, Jacob interned at auction house Christie’s where he conducted artist research, and at the culture department of Dutch weekly newspaper Elsevier, where he wrote articles about Art and Design. After that he completed his MA in Modern and Contemporary Art at VU University for which he focused on the methodology and critical theory of the German political artist Hans Haacke.

Jacob then pursued his interest in exhibition management and worked for The House of ABABA, a Rotterdam gallery representing young and emerging artists, where he managed exhibitions and events. He also worked for Ron Mandos Gallery in Amsterdam, coordinating exhibitions for a.o Ryan McGinness (USA), Daniel Arsham (USA) and Nika Neelova (RUS). 

To contact Jacob, email: jacob(dot)demunnik(at)britishcouncil(dot)org

Elena Tamosiunaite

Elena Tamosiunaite

Team Assistant

Elena joined the British Council at the beginning of 2018 and works as the Architecture Design Fashion Team Assistant supporting all aspects of our work and is the first point of contact for the team.

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