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The Team


Tony Lankester - Executive Director

Tony Lankester joined Riverside as General Manager in October 2019 having spent 12 years as CEO of South Africa's National Arts Festival where he led the team that produced Africa's largest annual arts event. Prior to that, with a degree in Journalism, his career spanned corporate marketing, communications and sponsorship for financial services group, Old Mutual, and working at South Africa's national radio station SAfm as Marketing Manager, Presenter and Producer.

Rachel Tackley - Creative Director

As well as being the Creative Director of Riverside, Rachel is also a freelance producer and theatre consultant. Rachel has enabled and produced productions in London, in regional theatre and all over the world.  Rachel has worked extensively in both the commercial and not-for –profit sectors. Recently she worked for ATG Productions developing and commissioning new work as well as overseeing future planning. Rachel was previously Executive Director at Chichester Festival Theatre and before that Director of English Touring Theatre.  Rachel is a director of Harper Tackley whose current and recent clients include Manchester International Festival, Roald Dahl Story Company, SOLT/UK Theatre, Malvern Theatres, Arts Council England, Delfont MacIntosh, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Cambridge Arts Theatre, WKCDA in Hong Kong, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Troxy. Rachel sits on the Boards of Tall Stories and Lyric Hammersmith Productions.

Administration, HR & Finance

Judith Murrell - Administration & HR Manager

Amy Howard - Financial Controller

Denis Emini - Finance Assistant


Owen Van Spall - Cinema Programmer


Chris Davies - Operations Director

Jan Urbanski - Venue & Facilities Manager

Charlie Hazlem - Senior Technician

Daniel McGoun - IT/Technician

James Gladdon - Operations Assistant

Communication & Development

Any Lucas - Community Ambassador

Alex Akhurst - Marketing and Communications Manager

Toby Owles - Functions and Events Manager

Daniel Thurman - Projects Manager

Hope Fulton - Archivist

Rhys Williamson -  Senior Manager Visitor Experience

Harriet Bultitude - Operations Assistant & Visitor Experience Manager

Emma Johnson - Visitor Experience Assistant Manager

Reuben Esson-Parkes - Visitor Experience Assistant Manager

Beatriz López De Priego Garcia - Visitor Experience Assistant Manager and Programming and Marketing Assistant

Harry Rusk - Visitor Experience Assistant Manager & Projectionist

Yusra Omar - Visitor Experience Assistant Manager

Food & Beverage

Chris Ruddle - Food & Beverage Director

Quitterie Singel - Food & Beverage Assistant Manager

Gurminder Grewal - Food & Beverage Duty Manager

Elly Mwaikambo - Head Chef