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Studio Manager  - Hal Camplin

Hal is a qualified, HCPC-registered Art Psychotherapist  (University of South Wales and a painter.  He trained in psychodynamic person-centred art therapy, employing mindfulness-based techniques with a special interest in active imagination and parts work (such as Internal Family Systems).

Studio Manager -  MJ Jessel

MJ is a qualified, HCPC-registered Art Psychotherapist (from Goldsmiths University) with a background in creative arts. MJ 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. They are 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.

Administrator/ Bookeeper- Beenta Patel 

Beenta looks after the day to day bookeeping across Studio Upstairs. Beenta brings over 10 years of experience keeping a small family business running smoothly. Her expertise lies in ensuring efficient day-to-day operations, seamlessly switching gears between administrative, operational, and management tasks. 


Administrator - Grace Smith

With a Bachelor or Arts in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts (UAL), Grace possesses a strong foundation in visual arts.

Her experience extends beyond the studio, as she has honed her project and support skills through roles such as Project Assistant at Hospital Rooms and with Creative Health Camden as a Projects and Exhibitions Assistant. She also lends her talents to the Royal Academy of Arts, where she works as a Learning Workshop Assistant.

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 - 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.


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.

Trustee/ Director:  Grace Sims

Grace has over ten years of experience in fundraising and communications, with a background in both arts and higher education. She is passionate about the transformative power of creativity and community engagement, and believes her experience aligns with Studio Upstairs' mission. As a fundraiser, she has raised funds for the University of Bristol and Back to Back Theatre. Grace possesses strong communication skills in storytelling, content creation, and working with diverse audiences.

Trustee/ Director:  Dianne DeFreitas

Dianne brings over 15 years of experience in economic development to the team. She's an expeienced projects and programs that empower local communities and SMEs. Dianne excels at communication, engaging stakeholders across all levels and utilising marketing and PR expertise to spread the word. Her dedication extends beyond work, with volunteer experience supporting a national charity and a passion for community development.


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).

Administrator - Sally Davies 

Sally is an arts administrator with 13 years of experience working in community settings, art projects, and galleries. This includes curator roles with the Tate Modern learning and outreach programme. After a BA (Hons) Cultural Studies, Norwich School of Art and Design, she then completed an MA in Contemporary Art Theory, at Goldsmiths College, University of London.


Administrator - Natalie Surridge

Natalie joins the team with a diverse background in customer service and administrative roles. Her most recent experience includes working as a customer contact advisor for a local authority, where she excelled at communication and problem-solving. Previously, she held positions supporting mental health services and retail customers, demonstrating a commitment to helping others and a strong work ethic. Natalie is also an artist having earned a BA in Fine Arts from Norwich University of Arts.

Administrator - Emily Tonge

Emily is arts administrator and producer working in non-profit organisations such as Studio Upstairs and The British Textile Biennial. This is alongside her Textiles and Sculpture practise, following her MA at The Royal College of Art and Fashion BA (Hons) at Manchester School of Art.

Studio Manager - Katie Smith

Katie brings a blend of artistic expression and therapeutic expertise to our team. She holds a Master's degree in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Photography from the University of Arts, London. Her experience encompases working within the CNWL NHS Trust / HMP Downview Prison and educational and arts settings, showcasing her versatility and ability to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Studio Manager - Tracey Downing

After completing her BA Fine Art degree at the Exeter College of Art and Design, Tracey worked in different roles in the education sector. Later on she completed an MA Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University and worked in NHS and the charity sector.


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