Welcome to our new trustees

We’re thrilled to welcome two new trustees to our Board following a recent round of open recruitment.

Tom Poultney and Dr Marianna Tsionki will support in overseeing the strategic direction, sustainability, and governance of East Street Arts, alongside our current Board members: Nick Ramshaw (Chair), Will Arnold (Treasurer), Rodolfo Barradas (Vice Chair), Jean Dent, Andrew Gillam, Minoti Parikh, Sandeep Singh Sambhi and Mark Wilson.

Marianna is a curator, educator and environmental humanities scholar. She is currently University Curator at Leeds Arts University overseeing Curatorial Programmes and Library Operations. An enthusiastic advocate for arts and education, Marianna has worked in art schools and cultural institutions.

Tom is Head of HE Creative Arts at the University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College. He manages degrees across a range of subjects in the arts, including visual arts, performing arts, and media. They focus on widening participation in the creative arts and culture in Leeds and supporting graduates in developing the skills to enter the creative industries in Leeds and Yorkshire.

Our Executive Director Anita Kumari said: “We are really pleased to welcome Marianna and Tom to our Board. They bring vital experience in the arts and culture sector, encompassing arts education, curation, and art practice. These skills will perfectly complement those of our existing trustees and contribute to our collective vision of supporting artists to create positive change.”

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