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Meet the Team

Theatre, as we see it, is a meeting place for unexpected encounters – a magical moment of live collaboration with an audience. To produce that moment, we see everyone on our team – producers, interns, project managers, directors, and programme assistants – as theatre makers.

Shamima Noor

Communications Co-Ordinator

Born and bred in Leeds, I studied for my BA in English and Postcolonial Literature at the University of Leeds. I’m passionate about the arts, and I have a particular love for theatre and live performance. Since leaving university, I’ve worked for a number of venues and companies in marketing and communications roles including Leeds Playhouse, Yorkshire Dance, Rifco Theatre Company, Red Ladder and Transform Festival. I joined Fuel in October 2021 from Phoenix Dance Theatre, where I was the Marketing Manager.

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Molly McPhee

Postdoctoral Researcher

I work with Fuel as Postdoctoral Researcher for Twenty Years of Fuel: The Role and Development of the Independent Producer in Theatre and the Cultural Economy, an archival research project to mark the occasion of Fuel's 20th anniversary in 2024.

I bring significant experience working within theatre archives, social justice, and community engagement, including six years as a company member with Clean Break, who work with women in prison and women at risk. For Clean Break I developed audience campaigns, tours and public engagement events for over fifteen productions, and I began the process of digitizing the company's four decades of archival materials. Today, as a researcher in theatre studies at Queen Mary University of London, my publications on theatre, sensorial experience and social justice investigate the ways in which social stigma, policing, and imaginaries of prison and public health staged within the theatre produce atmospheres of carcerality, and how carceral atmospheres agitate degrees of political engagement within audiences across a range of sites of performance. In addition to my research with Fuel, I am also a reader for the Royal Court Theatre's Literary Department, and Teaching Fellow in Queen Mary's School of English and Drama. I received my PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from University of Melbourne, Master of Fine Arts in Critical Studies from California Institute of the Arts, and was a Fulbright Scholar at University of Hamburg.

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Idris Balogun

Programme and Operations Assistant

It all started for me in Primary school, Year 5. Every year my school would put on very small Musicals such as Bugsy Malone, jungle book, Wizard of Oz and so on. It was finally my opportunity to be in a production. Ever since I played Vince Fontaine from Grease, I had never ever enjoyed anything as much as putting on a shinny blazer and becoming the greatest radio announcer that’s ever came out of Islington.

I believe in Change, Culturally, Religiously and Politically. Studying for 3 years at The Drama Centre London on a BA Acting course, gave me the ability to find my voice also provided me with the tool kit to develop my Artistic Lens, which the development is still going on and will never end.

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Rachel van Eck

Programme Assistant

Before joining Fuel I have worked for Performing Arts and Film Festivals, as well as individual productions in the Netherlands, Canada and London. In 2015 I completed my BA(Hons) degree in Stage Management at the Guildhall School for Music and Drama, where I experienced the incredible things we can achieve in theatre when you work together creatively as a team. The comradery, along with the amazing worlds and stories that you get to be a part of, are among the many reasons I work in the arts. I am excited to be part of this team at Fuel, and help bring more inspiring and compelling works to all.

Eva Brady


I work in the arts because I love live performance and the power it has to make us feel and think.

Before joining Fuel in 2021, I was working as a Freelance Producer and Tour Manager for a number of dance companies. My experience is mainly in international touring, having worked for Hofesh Shechter Company and ArtsAbroad before going freelance. Working in the arts has taken me to some amazing places, and I have enjoyed managing tours across four continents.

I lived in France for 7 years before moving to London to complete a MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London. I also hold a BA in French Studies from University of London Institute in Paris.

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Belisa Brancas

Assistant Producer

Theatre and storytelling have always been an integral part of my life, having worked in the industry from the age of 15. I believe in the arts’ power to inspire and move people. Theatre can bring all people together to experience something unique and even life-changing. And, at Fuel, I get to collaborate with other producers and artists in creating vital pieces of work that reflect, illustrate, and reimagine our society.

I am originally from Porto, Portugal and, in 2013, I moved to London to experience the city’s ground-breaking arts scene. In 2018, I finished my BA (Hons) in Drama and Film Studies from Queen Mary’s (QMUL). It was during my time at QMUL that I joined the arts organisation Phakama - as a Young Creative and Youth Board Member, and where I developed a passion for producing. In the Summer of 2019, I worked at the Open Air Theatre as an Administration Intern and, in Autumn, I started an MA in Creative Producing at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, which then lead me to Fuel at the beginning of 2020.

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Angela Bryan-Brown

Executive Assistant

Previously, I was a box office and sales assistant at Southwark Playhouse. Prior to that, I worked in LGBT rights as Campaigns Officer Stonewall.
I completed an MA in Arts and Cultural Management at King’s College in 2020.
Working at Fuel merges my love of theatre commitment to social justice.

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Irene Butera

Fundraising Manager

I believe the arts to be the most formidable tool for human connection. I work in the arts because I love being part of enabling artists to entertain us, shock us, delight us, comfort us, inform us, and, most importantly, help us make sense of the world.

I am from Palermo, Italy. I came to London in 2016 to undertake a MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London, and pursue a career in the Theatre sector. Before moving to the UK I studied International Relations and Public Policy at the University of Florence and worked in PR for the European University Institute.

Before joining Fuel as Fundraising Manager, I was the Development Officer at Theatre Peckham for two years, where I have worked to build up their Trust and Foundations portfolio to support the delivery of meaningful engagement work across South London. Previously I have supported the fundraising team at LIFT, and have worked in PR and Communications for the Sony World Photography Awards and The Corner Shop PR.

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Belinda Clarke

Programme Assistant

I work in the arts because I believe it gives opportunity for an artist to reflect and express where we fit into our society as individuals; whilst building a community bigger than ourselves. I have always been drawn into working with artists from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, on projects that can create opportunities for different cultures to be brought together, through the medium of theatre and live/digital events.

In 2017, I graduated with my BA in Acting at Bath Spa, and in September 2020, I graduated from Mountview Academy studying an MA in Creative Producing. In between this, I have supported underrepresented artists in our industry to regain the confidence to be heard. Before working freelance with Fuel, I collaborated with companies such as Leading Light Collective, Lagahoo Productions, and Arch468 specialising in community engagement and new writing.

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Anthony Gray

Head of Programme

I have worked as a cross-arts producer and programmer for 8 years supporting artists to create work and push their practice across a number of schemes that I have delivered in different organisations. As a trained classical singer who has worked in organisations such as the Royal Opera House, Barbican Centre and The Lowry in Salford, my career to date has primarily been about making the sector as accessible to as many unheard voices as possible.

I previously worked as the Senior Producer (maternity cover) within the Programming department of The Lowry. I lead on the strategic approach to artist development and delivered The Lowry’s programme of in-house schemes. These programmes helped to identify artists and companies that fit with the artistic vision of The Lowry and enabled me to commission them to create new work. This post was focused on the delivery of an ambitious and nationally visible model of artist development that sits within the heart of The Lowry’s creative and artistic ambition. Prior to this role, I worked as a Producer at the Barbican Centre for their Creative Learning department where my main responsibilities were the strategic overview, management and delivery of two main programmes; Creative Careers and Development of Emerging and Practising Artists.

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Stuart Heyes

Associate Director

I’ve been at Fuel for quite a while. The past is a foreign country. I can’t explain or justify any of it. I can only apologise. Does that sound a little jaded? Well, I’m still facing a lot of the same challenges as I was 11 years ago. The odds remain stacked pretty much as they were back then, and I’m showing no sign of winning. Yet despite being pretty average at production management I remain somehow messianic when it comes to enlisting newcomers and retaining old hands to the cause. All of whom are much cleverer and kinder. You need a mess of help to stand alone.

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Greg Howe

Production Manager

Working in the arts is something I always thought I would do. Having artistic parents I always felt comfortable in this world and I find it extremely rewarding to now be a part of the great team at Fuel.

After finishing school in Harrogate, I moved to Prague and worked for an events company for 3 years before returning to London to pursue my career in Theatre. I graduated from the production course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and then went on to work as a freelance stage manager on a big scale production that toured the world. In addition, I have also worked on events and shows in London and across the UK.

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Julia Leino

Assistant Producer

I started making theatre because I needed to combine my artistic practice with my hopes for achieving something better as a society.

I grew up in Finland, graduated with a BA in English from the University of Cambridge in 2019, and started 2020 with joining Fuel.

Fuel’s productions develop models for action and presence, across disciplines. I’m excited to collaborate on finding ways for how the empathy, voice, ideas that Fuel helps artists with can be produced into the world beyond the stage.

I’m particularly interested in how movement work and absurd and lyric structures in theatre are placed to respond to social issues. Before joining Fuel, I was the Assistant Director of the Cambridge Greek Play 2019.

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David Lewis

Head of Finance

I work in the arts because the arts raise everyone’s quality of life and the people who work in the arts tend to be passionate about what they do and very nice. This particularly applies to Fuel.

I have worked in the not for profit sector for over 25 years including 16 years in the arts, leading the finances (and occasionally other bits) of Battersea Arts Centre, The Albany Deptford, Rich Mix, and LIFT. I currently sit on the Boards of Camden People’s Theatre and performance company Uninvited Guests.

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Kate McGrath


I work in the arts because I believe brilliant artists give us a new way of looking at the world around us and everyone in it. The best moments in my job are when I see people in the audience connecting with the shows we make – couples watching 'Love Letters Straight From Your Heart' and falling in love all over again; toddlers speechless with wonder watching conkers fall from the sky in 'The Forest'; passers-by being drawn towards 'Electric Hotel' and becoming engrossed. I am incredibly lucky to work with artists who constantly surprise and amaze me, and I’m passionate about reaching as wide an audience as we possibly can.

I studied English and French at Oxford University and went on to work as a journalist for the Scotsman in Edinburgh. After that, I took the plunge into producing and started working freelance, making shows in pubs and warehouses. I got a job as a trainee producer at Battersea Arts Centre in 2002 where I learnt a huge amount about making theatre and met brilliant artists, many of whom I still work with. And I met Louise there and in 2004 we decided to set up Fuel. I have loved (almost) every moment since and can’t wait for what’s next around the corner...

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Ines Tercio

Executive Director

I work in the arts because I am passionate about enabling unheard voices to be heard. I believe the arts enable us to rehearse new ways of living in this world and feel that now more than ever we need to explore different possible ways forward.

I am from Lisbon, Portugal. I came to London in 2003 to study Media Arts with Film and Video Production and then undertook a postgraduate degree in Arts Criticism and Management at City University.

I have worked in the arts for over 15 years. Before joining Fuel in Sept 2018 I have worked with organisations like Percursos (a multidisciplinary arts festival held in Portugal), TAPP (the Teacher Artist Partnership Programme), LIFT, Phakama UK and Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre. I have also worked freelance as an arts consultant, curator and producer with companies such as Nour Festival, Clayground Collective and Freddie Opoku-Addaie.

I have also travelled to China as part of the China-UK 400 Cultural Leaders programme led by the British Council. In 2010 I joined City University’s mentoring scheme to help current graduates find their way into the arts and creative industries. From 2014 - 2017 I sat on the board of CASA Latin American Theatre Festival.

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Bernie Whittle

Development Producer

I’ve been working in arts administration and producing roles since 2014, when I began my career as Trainee Assistant Producer at Liverpool’s Everyman & Playhouse Theatres, having previously participated in their Young Producers programme.

Following this traineeship, I spent two years working in the National Theatre’s New Work department, supporting the delivery of the department’s artistic programme. It was a fantastic introduction to artist development and was formative in my interest in the development of new work.

Prior to joining Fuel, I spent four years in the Barbican’s Theatre & Dance team, producing and assisting on shows across the Theatre, the Pit, Silk Street Theatre, and off-site, working with a range of UK and international artists, companies, and festivals, as well as on a number of digital projects.

I love experiencing great stories told in inventive ways by brilliant artists and art that enables us to find new ways of looking at and interacting with the world around us. I work at Fuel because I’m inspired by its unique approach to artist development, and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to help artists bring their ideas to life.

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Anna Williams

General Manager

I work in the arts because life is too short to do something you don’t care about. I care about it because it brings people together and makes people think. I work at Fuel because I love the program and the team.

Theatre started for me when I volunteered at the Edinburgh festival in 2011. I was the runner for a general manager at one of the big venues and I’ve never looked back. Since then I’ve done various stints in theatres all over with an emphasis on operations and finance, including the Soho Theatre, the Arts Theatre, The Pleasance, and now Fuel.

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Sarah Wilson White

Senior Producer

I work in the arts because I believe live performance and creative experiences can make the world a better, kinder, and more interesting place to be. I work at Fuel because I believe in the art, artists, and future which we want to create and support. In particular, I am inspired by Fuel’s ambition to engage audiences nationally and internationally whilst being at the cutting edge of producing practice as a producer-led and founded organisation.

Prior to joining Fuel, I worked as Producer for Farnham Maltings, delivering work nationally for Little Bulb Theatre, Victoria Melody, Up In Arms, and Jess and Joe Forever in co-production with the Orange Tree Theatre. Alongside Farnham Maltings I worked independently with artists such as Jammy Voo, and as Company Producer for Home Live Art. I’ve previously worked with organisations including The Old Vic, Camden People’s Theatre, Blind Summit, touring initiative House, and in 2015 I created the digital touring resource Outside Fuel, I am a regular visiting lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and a proud Trustee of New Diorama Theatre and physical theatre company Rhum and Clay.

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Nadine Benjamin


British lyric soprano Nadine Benjamin is a charismatic and versatile artist who is in increasing demand on both the operatic stage and the concert platform. She is also developing great renown as an exponent of song, in particular Verdi, Strauss, Berg and contemporary American song. From 2018 to 2020, Nadine was an English National Opera Harewood Artist and made her debut with the Company as Clara (Porgy and Bess), followed by Musetta (La bohème) and Laura (Luisa Miller). Nadine made her Royal Opera House debut in October 2020 as a soprano soloist in New Dark Age, with works by Anna Meredith, Missy Mazzoli and Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and directed by Katie Mitchell.
Nadine is a known for her work as a Creative Empowerment Thought Leader as a Mentor, Certified High-Performance Coach and Accredited NLP Mind Coach, and founded her opera and mentorship programme ‘Everybody Can!’ in 2015 to provide a platform to encourage and support others in recognising and achieving their own visions. She has both produced and sung principal roles in Otello, and Tosca for Everybody Can! Opera. An Ambassador for Music Masters, Nadine was “highly commended” at the 2016 Aviva ‘Women of the Future Awards’, attend the Women of the Year Lunch in 2019 and was invited to both Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street in recognition of her work as a mentor and singer.

Sean Egan

Trustee (Chair)

Sean is a specialist arts and media lawyer with over 25 years of experience - working with theatre, dance and other arts companies, and in film and tv. His areas of expertise include copyright, charity law, financing, creative team agreements and contractual issues, advising organisations in both the subsidised and commercial sectors. Sean has served as a trustee of a number of arts organisations over the years.

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Lilli Geissendorfer


Lilli Geissendorfer is Director of Jerwood Arts (, an independent grant-making foundation and charity dedicated to imaginative and responsible funding and development of artists and the arts. She has a background as a theatre producer with an interest in creating definitive new work with outstanding artists. Previous roles include Producer at Almeida Theatre under Rupert Goold, and Relationship Manager for Theatre at Arts Council England where she managed an NPO portfolio and developed national environmental sustainability policies. Lilli also co-produced the first HighTide Festival in 2007, ran the film and theatre producing company Strawberry Vale Productions 2006-2011, co-founded Londoners on Bikes, a pop-up cycle safety campaign for the London 2012 Mayoral election and volunteers for The Breastfeeding Network. She studied social and political sciences at Goldsmiths and Cambridge University.

Joe Hallgarten


Joe previously worked at the RSA as Director of the Creative Learning and Development team, focussing on policy research and practical innovations to the close the creativity gap in learning. He also helped grow the RSA’s presence and impact around the world as RSA Global Interim Director, through a range of exciting partnerships.

Joe taught in urban primary schools for five years, before moving into policy analysis and programme leadership – first for IPPR, then as Learning Director for Creative Partnerships. Joe has also worked as a consultant to the Department of Education’s Innovation Unit, the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, and London 2012. Joe has written and presented on many education issues, including on creativity, curriculum, teacher quality, and school admissions.

Akiyawerikumo Henry


Akiyawerikumo Henry is a talented stage and screen actress. She has numerous film and television credits, including on BBC's Casualty and Little Britain. Akiya recently starred at Lady Macbeth in Kit Monkman's film adaptation of Macbeth.

- Clare Barron's Dirty Crusty at The Yard Theatre
- The Dark at Ovalhouse
- Emma Rice's The Little Matchgirl and Twelfth Night for Shakespeare's Globe

Akiya is a regular collaborator with the National Theatre, RSC and Young Vic. Akiya was also in the original cast of Swallows and Amazons (West End and Tour), starred as Hermia in the smash-hit international touring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and as dual roles of Medea and Maddy in the all-female cast of Medea, all produced by Bristol Old Vic.

Akiya voices the role of Amma in the emmy-winning CBeebies series BING, Adaline in the award-winning Netflix series HILDA, Lil' Sue in THE RUBBISH WORLD OF DAVE SPUD, and she is currently voicing the role of Snork Maiden in the animated series of MOOMINVALLEY.

Sue Hoyle


Sue Hoyle works independently as a consultant, adviser and researcher, specialising in performing arts, cultural leadership and interdisciplinary projects. She is a Cultural Fellow of King’s College London, a Trustee of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, a member of the core group for the What Next? movement and Chair of the Funding Committee for the Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships.

Leadership roles have included Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, Programme Adviser to the Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme at Hong Kong University, Executive Director of The Place, Head of Arts for the British Council in France and Deputy chief executive of Arts Council England. As a non-executive, she has been on the Boards of the British Council, DV8 Physical Theatre, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.

Wendy Martin


Martin is the Artistic Director of Perth International Arts Festival. Previously, Martin was Head of Performance and Dance at Southbank Centre, where her achievements include creating the acclaimed disability arts festival Unlimited. Martin joined Sydney Opera House in 2000 and in 2006 was appointed Head of Theatre and Dance.

Magda Osman

Associate Scientist

Dr. Magda Osman is the Associate Professor in Experimental Psychology at Queen Mary University of London. She is also Head of the Dynamic Learning and Decision-making Laboratory (, and a Fellow of the Turing Institute. The ethos of Dr. Osman's work has been to take a critical eye to well-accepted views and challenge the status quo.
She has authored over 100 publications and two books. Her publications span work on psychology, cognitive science, management, philosophy, and economics. She is currently in charge of ongoing scholarly projects on decision-making under uncertainty, dynamic social interactions, moral judgment, agency and control, unconscious choice behaviour, risk and uncertainty, and conceptualizing violence.

Jenny Sealey


Sealey has been Graeae’s Artistic Director/ CEO since 1997. Her directing career began with Interplay Theatre, co-directing Sea Changes, then directing Stepping Stones and Mad Meg. Directing credits for Graeae include: This Is Not For You, Reasons to be Cheerful, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Threepenny Opera. International credits include Blood Wedding (Setagaya Public Theatre, Tokyo); Romeo and Juliet (Saitama Arts Theatre, Tokyo). Jenny co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony alongside Bradley Hemmings (GDIF). She also won the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award and was on the h.Club 100 list of the most influential people in the creative industries

Shail Thaker


Shail leads the Northern European hub of McKinsey’s Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products Practice. He also coleads the European Organization Practice and the firm’s cross-sector work on enterprise agility.

Since joining McKinsey, Shail has worked with organisations around the globe on driving innovation, productivity, and growth; supporting major postmerger integrations, carve outs, and asset transfers; leading important performance transformations and restructurings; launching numerous medical devices and pharmaceutical products; and bringing about commercial and product-development excellence.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Shail gained experience in research science, business development, and project finance.