Meet the team

Studio Manager - Sharon Lewis Sharon is a qualified Art Psychotherapist and artist with substantial experience of creative communities, education and health settings.

Studio Manager - Kate Guscott Kate is an Art Psychotherapist and has completed a BA in Sociology and Anthropology.  She has practised as an Art Therapist in London, Los Angeles and Bristol.  Her experience includes lecturing for the University of Hertfordshire and the British Association of Art Therapists and writing articles for publications including The Guardian.
Studio Manager -  Ella Bryant Ella is an Art Psychotherapist and previously obtained an MA in Photograpy and BA in Media Theory and Practice.  Ella has worked therapeutically with adults as an Artist with The Holburne Museum and Sussex Recovery College, as a Specialist Mentor working with university students, and as an Art Therapist working in the community and on in-patient wards.  She is also a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner.
Studio Manager -  Lizi Hoar Lizi holds a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Art Psychotherapy. She is a working artist and artistic producer who specialises in collaborative practice and socially engaged work. Her interests lie in the therapeutic potential of performance and work that extends a traditional gallery setting.

Administrator - Jessica Zaydner

Jessica is a Fine Art Painting graduate from the University of Brighton with years of experience in customer service, administrative and hospitality roles. She is a maker & appreciator of interdisciplinary arts, advocate for intersectional feminism with interest in environmental sustainability.

Development Coordinator - Sophia Pettit

Sophia is a Psychology graduate from Shefield University.  In addition to her work on project development and work on budgeting, she is also a songwriter and vocalist - performing and recording in a band.

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 is currently working with refugees who are survivors of human rights abuse while also 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 - Helen Omand

Helen is a 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.  Most recently 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 wide range of settings and previously worked at the London Studio as a volunteer and cover manager.

Studio Manager - Oliver Campbell

Oliver works in both SU London branches. He is an HCPC registered Art Therapist working across NHS, school and community settings. Oliver is also a member of Lewisham Art House. 

Performance Group Manager - Erene Kaptani

Erene is a HCPC registered art therapist, performer and researcher. She has been working with Studio Upstairs since 2008.  Erene uses theatre to question constructions of identities, institutional and public communications as well as creating spaces/events for debate and interaction among different audiences.

Erene is a member of Playback South theatre company and has been published in several journals and is associate artist with UEL.


Administrator - Katrine Stolsnes

Katrine is an administrator and bookkeeper for two branches of Studio Upstairs. She has a MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy and a BA in Cultural Project Management. Katrine has a wide experience with administrative and marketing work from festivals and art organisations. Besides working for Studio Upstairs, she also works as the administrator for the art community organisation Art4Space.

Studio Manager - Oliver Campbell

Oliver works in both SU London branches. He is an HCPC registered Art Therapist working across NHS, school and community settings. Oliver is a member of Lewisham Art House.

Studio Manager - Jo Vallis

Jo is a HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist and artist. She has a background working in adult mental health, art education, and currently leads weekly art sessions at a community garden where horticulture and art activities are used therapeutically. Previously at Studio Upstairs, Jo led short term projects such as a series of craft workshops and an art therapy group for carers.

Studio Manager - Genevieve Collier

Genevieve is a qualified, HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist (MA Art Psychotherapy, University of Roehampton) with many years prior experience in support work, community project coordination and fundraising.  She is interested in strengthening communities and social networks to tackle mental health difficulties.

Studio Manager - Ethna Matthews

Ethna is an artist as well as a HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist . Ethna has been working with Studio Upstairs since September 2017 and has worked in several hospices as well as in the museums and galleries sector.  In addition she runs a weekly CYP clinic as an associate art psychotherapist for Hampshire Psychology.  She undertakes freelance commissioning work from NHS CCGs and education providers in the state and private sector.

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).