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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 Dhal 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 - Finance Controller

Nyisha Francis - Finance Assistant


Lucy Grudniewicz - Programme Manager

Owen Van Spall - Cinema Co-ordinator and Acting Programmer 


Jake Taylor - Operations Director

Jan Urbanski - Venue & Facilities Manager

Adam Alkailany - IT Manager

Chris Galler - Technical Manager

Toby Owles - Technician

Oliver Horne - Technician

Marc Brown - Head Projectionist

Tim Hale - Projectionist

Communication & Development

Chris Martin - Communication & Development Director

Olivia Neilson - Development & Community Manager

Any Lucas - Community Ambassador

Julia Gosling - Communications and Marketing Manager

Josie Williamson - Events Co-ordinator

Daniel Thurman - Projects Manager

Rhys Williamson - Visitor Experience Manager

Emma Johnson - Visitor Experience Assistant Manager

Harriet Bultitude - Visitor Experience Assistant Manager

Reuben Esson-Parkes - Visitor Experience Assistant Manager

Beatriz López De Priego - Visitor Experience Assistant Manager

Food & Beverage

Marianne Levi - Food & Beverage Manager

Martina Stagliano - Assistant Food & Beverage Manager

Henry Ellis - Junior Assistant Food & Beverage Manager

Llewelyn Lewis - Food & Beverage Duty Manager

Mac Wysoczanski - Food & Beverage Duty Manager

Callum Rowley - Food & Beverage Duty Manager

Benoit Jobard - Head Chef

Suilin Wong - Head Pastry Chef

Gasper Tivadar - Sous Chef

Nicole Fox - Junior Sous Chef