Marilyn Scott MBE (Chair)

Marilyn has worked in museums, galleries and heritage attractions for over 30 years. She is currently Director of the award winning Lightbox in Woking Surrey, winner of The Art Fund Prize. She led The Lightbox from feasibility study to opening of the building in 2007, having raised £7.2m for the construction and fit out. Marilyn has worked in national museums, at the V&A and Science Museum and for The National Trust. Marilyn has wide experience in consulting and her areas of specialism include fundraising, income generation and sustainability, strategic and business planning. She has extensive experience of managing organisations within a trust framework and works with trustees to improve and enhance governance.

Cheryl Butler

Cheryl formerly worked in the cultural sector supporting arts & artist development, heritage and visitor economy and has experience in fundraising, marketing, research, managing capital projects, running buildings, and tourist guiding.

Sarah Filmer

Sarah is an artist, living and working in Southampton. She is an associate lecturer in fine art at Southampton Solent University, with interests in collaborative and group working, and career development of artists. Active in the local arts community, founder of unit11studios, a studio holder in Tower House, and having devised, raised funding for, and run a multi-artist residency in GHT, Sarah has ongoing association with Southampton’s artists and ‘a space’ arts.

Zoe Grant

Zoe is the Director of volunteering for a national children’s charity. She has extensive knowledge of volunteer engagement, management and voluntary sector issues. Having been a Southampton resident all her life, she is excited to work with ‘a space’, and to help build the artistic community and support emerging talent in the city.

Vicki Orba

Vicki has a background in youth and community work in and around Southampton, and is familiar with voluntary sector issues. She has a strong interest in the arts and is keen to find ways to ensure that local artists’ initiatives are as inclusive as possible.

Annie Reilly

Annie works for the National Trust, overseeing Heritage Open Days, the UK’s largest festival of history and culture. She was previously producer at Nuffield Southampton Theatres and began her career as an actress in theatres across the US. Having lived in Southampton for several years, she’s thrilled to be working with ‘a space’ at such an exciting time for the organisation and the city.

Dan Matthews

Dan Matthews is Collections & Exhibitions Manager for Southampton Cultural Services, responsible for exhibition programming at the City Art Gallery, SeaCity Museum and Tudor House Museum. He has worked in the museum sector for almost 20 years across arts and heritage roles.

Nazneen Afroza-Pathak

Nazneen is a writer and artist who lives in Southampton. Her socially engaged practice focuses on sharing stories and histories of migration, which was also the topic of her work as an academic historical researcher. She is passionate about increasing the diversity of arts organisations and platforming BAME artists in the city. She has held numerous artistic residencies in the city, including at Southampton City Libraries, John Hansard Gallery and Solent Showcase Gallery, as well as running Arts Council England project Mayflower Folk: Southampton Stories. She is currently Writer in Residence with the Arts Council England funded NPO Southampton Stories.


Sophia Mirchandani

Sophia is a freelance consultant and a founding member of the Cultural Consulting Network which works in the heritage and cultural sectors supporting organisations with options and feasibility studies, strategy and business planning, audience development and fundraising. She was first involved with ‘a space’ in helping to plan the development of God’s House Tower and is really looking forward to see how the organisation can continue to innovate and diversify to help artists and communities in Southampton to thrive.