Due to the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we have temporarily closed our offices. During this time, a small team remains in place working remotely and remain contactable via email – see below.
Board & Staff
Kevin Finnan MBE, Artistic Director
Jane Bailey, Communications and Development Director
Amy Belfield, Programme Manager
Laura Sewell, Audience Development and Engagement Coordinator
Laura is part time at the moment
Simon Wales, Chair
Simon Wales is Chief Executive of Waddesdon, the historic National Trust property based in Buckinghamshire which is managed by a Rothschild charitable foundation. With a background in music and the performing arts, Simon previously held the position of General Manager of Town Hall Birmingham. He was the founding Centre Director of LSO St Luke’s, the London Symphony Orchestra’s music education centre and he was also a Clore Fellow in the second year of the Clore Leadership Programme. Simon joined the Motionhouse board in 2014 and became chair in 2018.
Sarah is Chief Executive of Spitalfields Music and co-founder and Managing Partner of Indigo Ltd, a leading arts marketing, fundraising and organisational development consultancy. She works across the UK, and regularly speaks at and chairs conferences in Japan, in the Middle East and across Europe. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Society for the Arts and the British-American Project. Outside of work, Sarah is a hornplayer, and an experienced trustee/NED.
Naveen Gupta, CHAIR: FINANCE & GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE
Naveen Gupta is a qualified accountant and has undertaken senior level finance roles for over 15 years. Naveen’s professional finance experiences are across various sectors including live theatre, concert hall management, estates management, higher education, conferencing, utilities and financial services.
Chris Lillington is a journalist with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry. He worked on papers in the West Country and London before moving to the West Midlands 14 years ago. He is currently with BBC Digital News, and was previously editor of the Leamington Spa Courier Series – Motionhouse’s local paper – as well as other titles in Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Leicestershire.
Rachael is the Head of Fundraising at Birmingham Hippodrome. She leads a team of fundraisers with the mission to deliver One Million Hippodrome Moments – ensuring the charity delivers a broad cultural programme to those with the least access. Prior to this she was Managing Director of Pentabus Theatre Company, working jointly with Artistic Director Elizabeth Freestone on a new mission to become the nation’s rural theatre company. She has also worked in a variety of roles at Arts Council England, including Relationship Manager for Combined Arts and Touring for the West Midlands region.
Rakhi Rajani is an Innovation Consultant with a background in engineering, design and psychology. She helps organisations think forward to identify white space and determine what they can do next. She has worked in a variety of sectors across the world and for organisations spanning the arts, hospitality, emerging tech, sports, retail, automotive and smart cities. Rakhi is a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Currently with Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Toby Smith has over 20 years’ experience of programming, commissioning and producing in venues of different scales, multi-arts and music-focused festivals. He was Festival Director at the Salisbury International Arts Festival between 2014 and 2017, and has previously worked at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) as Director of Performance and Programming, at Cheltenham Arts Festivals and at the Barbican Centre.
Josie Stevens is a brand marketing and communications consultant with 25 years in the arts, sport and entertainment industries both in the UK and overseas. She began her career in the arts spending three years with Birmingham Royal Ballet as its first Press Officer. She has held senior positions in house and in agencies globally including: Board Director, Sports Marketing & Sponsorship at Hill & Knowlton UK and Director of Global PR for adidas Group’s Reebok brand in the US. Most recently, she campaign managed Sport England’s multi-award winning, behaviour change campaign, This Girl Can.
Zaylie is currently Head of Learning & Participation at Birmingham Hippodrome, one of the UK’s busiest multi-stage venues, where she leads on the strategy and development of young people’s programmes & artist development. Prior to this she worked at The Albany in Deptford, developing award winning theatre and dance projects for young people as well as Internationally in the US, India and across Europe. Zaylie is a Clore Leadership Ambassador and Fundraising Fellow with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy. She is driven by ensuring access and inclusion and breaking down barriers for artists, audiences and young people.