MEET THE TEAM

BRISTOL

Office Assistant - Evie Sullivan-Taylor

Evie is a Drama with Creative Writing graduate and an artist with experience in theatre, music, photography, writing, and most recently makeup for fashion and media.

 

Studio Manager -  Madeleine Jessel

Madeleine is a qualified, HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist (from Goldsmiths University) with a background in creative arts. She has worked therapeutically at the Notre Dame Refugee Centre, and at the British Red Cross as a creative group facilitator for adolescents and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds. She is interested in making safe therapeutic spaces more accessible.


Studio Manager -  Dea Loloci

Dea is a qualified, HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist. Besides Studio Upstairs she works therapeutically with refugees and children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Studio Manager -  Robin Owens

Robin is a qualified, HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist (Edinburgh University) and also works therapeutically with Family Compass..

NORTH LONDON

Office Assistant - Fergus Head

Fergus is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (MA in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology).  His varied work experience includes working on the production of the Frieze Art Fair.  Other interests and areas of achievement range from sports (American Football & Tennis) to theatre and multi-media.

 

Senior Studio Manager - David Fried

A registered HCPC art therapist, David has been working as a Senior Manager for Studio Upstairs since 2006 having previously worked as a Studio Manager and volunteer.  David studied Fine Art BA (Hons) at Middlesex Polytechnic. He is a MA Postgraduate at the Royal College of Art and Art Therapy graduate at St. Alban School of Art. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the field and also works part-time as an art therapist within the NHS facilitating a variety of art therapeutic groups and working with inpatients.

 

Studio Manager - Shahla Isfahani

Shahla is an HCPC registered Art Therapist and BAAT member. She joined Studio in 2008 and has many years of experience working with adults and adolescents in various settings, including NHS Trusts and charity organizations. She has worked with refugees who are survivors of human rights abuse and as a visiting tutor at Hertfordshire University for foundation and MA art therapy students.

Shahla has won the ‘Art Therapy Essay Prize Competition’ awarded by BAAT and Taylor & Francis publications and published her article in the International Journal of Art therapy: Inscape (2008).

 

Studio Manager - Kristina Page

Kristina has over 6 years of experience with Studio Upstairs when she also worked with the Claremont Psychotherapies project. She was an Associate Lecturer on the MA Art Psychotherapy course (Golsmiths University) and previously an Art Therapist for Headway. Kristina is an HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist, clinical supervisor of trainees and recently completed a Diploma course with IGA.  She is very committed to her own training and development as well as to maintaining active art practice.

 

Studio Manager - Thomas Etheridge

Thomas is an HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist and as well as working with adults he has a background in working with children and adolescents, including refugee client groups. Thomas has also worked in museums and galleries. Previously a volunteer at Studio Upstairs South London, Thomas has been involved with Studio Upstairs since 2019. As well as a Studio Manager, Thomas works on other SU projects including Studio Inside and Art Lifelines.

 

Studio Manager - Fazilla Virmani

Fazila is HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist and BAAT member. She trained psychodynamically at the University of Hertfordshire. Before her current appointment, she was on a placement with Studio Upstairs and Ben Uri Gallery and Museum. Her work experience includes therapeutic work in educational settings.

 

Studio Manager - Helen Omand

Helen is an HCPC registered art therapist and an artist. Helen has been involved with the Studio Upstairs since 2007 and also has experience working in both NHS and educational settings.  She has worked on a multidisciplinary research project at University College London using images with adults with chronic pain.

Helen has a background in film making and video and has facilitated arts in health projects, community arts projects and given workshops for training art therapists.

 

Studio Manager - Fiona Toth-Gillies

Fiona qualified in Art Therapy at the La Trobe University, Melbourne. She has experience from a wide range of settings and previously worked at the North London Studio as a volunteer and cover manager.

SOUTH LONDON

Office Administrator - Beenta Patel 

 

Office Assistant - Uma Maria Caruana-Klasson

Uma is an artist, with a BA(Hons) in photography, using a blend of both documentary and therapeutic photography. She also volunteers at Turf Projects - a learning disability organisation. Uma has experience in organising and suporting workshops, events and exhibitions.

Studio Manager - Anna Kouma

Anna is a psychologist (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) with a master's degree in art psychotherapy (University of Roehampton). In her practice, she is also working with bereaved children and autistic children.


Studio Manager - Fazilla Virmani

Fazila is HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist and BAAT member. She trained psychodynamically at the University of Hertfordshire. Before her current appointment, she was on a placement with Studio Upstairs and Ben Uri Gallery and Museum. Her work experience includes therapeutic work in educational settings.

DIRECTORS & TRUSTEES

Trustee/ Director/ Chair of the Board: Keith Miller

Keith has over 40 years’ experience in banking and finance dealing with SME’s and larger businesses. He developed a specialism in supporting larger charities with their banking requirements before moving into the not for profit sector where he has been supporting businesses become finance ready to start and grow. He has over ten years’ experience of sitting on loan panels and is ACIB qualified.

 

Trustee/ Director:  Pernilla Rosendahl

Pernilla has extensive senior level experience in strategy, marketing, sales and operations across consumer, tech and services sectors. She has have worked globally for many of the world’s leading organisations in various management and project roles. Her passion is in creating long lasting business impact and organisational change through purpose combining overall strategic vision with operational transformation.

 

Trustee/ Director:  Alex Holmes

Alex is Head of Administration and Finance for the University of Oxford Department of Paediatrics and has worked in clinical teaching and research departments within the University for more than ten years. Prior to this he worked clinically as a Registered Nurse in acute Trauma and Respiratory Medicine settings and has worked in finance and management in public and private sector settings including charities and industry. He holds a bachelors degree in Adult Nursing and a post-graduate Diploma in Higher Education Administration, Management, and Leadership, and is an Accredited Member of the Association of University Administrators. As well as an interest in art, Alex is a performing musician and writer.

 

Managing Director/ Company Secretary: Zlatinka Hristova 

Zlatinka is an artist, arts manager and curator.  Her work experience spans directorships in the private sector, teaching, mentoring and arts management. She holds two Fine Art degrees, PGCE, MA in Arts Policy and Management (Birkbeck) and Group Work Diploma (IGA).