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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.

Guy Hornsby - Business & Finance Director

Guy was appointed Executive Director of Riverside Studios in 2006 and Project Director of the building redevelopment since the start of work in 2014. After 15 years at Riverside he took on the role of Business & Finance Director in 2020. Guy began his media career as an arts and entertainment producer and presenter for BBC Radio London and BBC World Service. He was Producer of Tony Blackburn's legendary mid-morning show and then became Group Programme Controller of Southern Radio in charge of seven independent radio stations in the South and South-East. He created the dance music phenomenon Kiss 102 in Manchester becoming its Group Chief Executive after also winning the franchise for regional station Kiss 105 in Yorkshire. Under Guy's leadership, these Sony Award winning youth market brands achieved an enviable reputation for combining programme excellence with business success. The stations were purchased for £17.6m just over four years after the company had been founded with its initial investment of £600k.


Administration, HR & Finance

Judith Murrell - Administration & HR Manager

Amy Howard - Finance Controller

Nyisha Francis - Finance Assistant


Jake Taylor - Operations Director

Chris Burkitt - Venue Operations Manager

Rhys Williamson - Box Office & Website Manager

Chris Galler - Technical Manager

Adam Alkailany - IT Manager

Jan Urbanski - Facilities Manager

Marc Brown - Head Projectionist

Marianne Levi - Food & Beverage Manager

Lewis Hollis - Assistant Food & Beverage Manager

Martina Stagliano - Assistant Food & Beverage Manager

Benoit Jobard - Head Chef

Tommaso Chiereghin - Sous Chef


Olivia Neilson - Development & Community Manager


Lucy Grudniewicz - Programme Manager

Josie Williamson - Events Administrator

Owen Van Spall - Cinema Administrator

Any Lucas - Events Ambassador

Jason Wood - Cinema Programmer


Daniel Thurman - Projects Manager