Our Team

Sarah Walters, Managing Director
Sarah Walters, Managing Director
Managing Director

As Managing Director of Made Public, Sarah drives a hard bargain, leads with the ferocity of a lion all whilst smiling sweetly; three attributes which more than likely led to her winning Havering Business Person of the Year in 2015. Sarah has an unrivalled knowledge in site regeneration, having paved the way for the creative rebirth of Romford through projects such as The Retailery and Colour in Romford. She is driven by her desire to exceed expectations, taking on projects that are often seen as impossible. Her forward thinking approach has already made her a specialist in shopping centre regeneration, which can be seen in the success of the Pie Eyed Festival that took place at The Brewery, Romford and the bestowing of the ‘Innovation Award’, received in 2016 for her work at The Quadrant. Lets face it there can’t be many people that graduate from Goldsmiths University with a 1st Class degree in Fine Art, who go on to single-handedly build a successful business empire dedicated to creative urban regeneration, all before turning the grand old age of 30. What a legend.

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Lauren Martin, PR & Marketing Manager
Lauren Martin, PR & Marketing Manager
Project Manager and Marketeer

With a PR and Marketing career spanning 10 years, Lauren is a passionate wordsmith, who has forged a career championing brands and causes that she truly believes in. Aware that there is always ‘two sides to every story’ she makes it her mission to ensure her clients are perceived in the best light and receive the recognition they deserve. Starting her career at Blow PR and specialising in fashion, within two years Lauren had been promoted to International Account Director, managing a team of 20 and dividing her time between clients in New York, Delhi, Milan and London. In 2012 Lauren was headhunted by cult, street brand Underground for the role of Global PR & Marketing Manager overseeing the concept, growth and delivery of all advertising, marketing and PR campaigns across all media, globally. With a desire to work more closely with the community and the local area, Lauren joined Made Public in 2015 and has enjoyed ruffling feathers with her bold and ambitious ideas ever since.

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Daniel Marks, Art Director & Graphic Designer
Daniel Marks, Art Director & Graphic Designer

Daniel is a local lad and an innovative Art Director who specialises in identity design, print and illustration. Having graduated from Havering College in 2007 with a degree in Graphic Design, Daniel has worked in the industry ever since, winning awards such as ‘Best Internal communications award 2012’ and ‘Best Interactive Services Online Video’ IAC, Internet Advertising Competition. Daniel’s eye for detail and professional approach have led to a vast portfolio of clients which include, Zoopla, Christie’s, Saint Francis Hospice, Investec Private Bank, Chubb and Clarks.

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Amy Reid, PA to Managing Director & Office Manager
Amy Reid, PA to Managing Director & Office Manager
PA to Managing Director

A stickler for order and organization, Amy started working with Made Public in 2015 as PA to Managing Director, Sarah Walters. Having studied History of Art and English Literature at the University of Kent, Amy moved on to the University of Manchester to study Art Gallery and Museum Studies, fostering a passion for local arts projects. Prior to joining made Public Amy worked in online content writing for the likes of Beat100.com, Digital Pie and The Company Warehouse. Amy now splits her working life between Made Public and the Museum of London Archaeology where she is Fundraising and Development Executive Assistant.  Her passion for people and community development is second to none, whilst her ability to organise and manage the Made Public is absolutely priceless.

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Charlotte Trower, Project Manager
Charlotte Trower, Project Manager
Project Manager

Charlotte has been involved with Made Public since 2012, taking part in projects such as Niche, Outback Arthouse, REACT, Workshop and Arcade Remade all whilst studying for her BA in Fine Art at Havering College. After graduating with a First Class degree, Charlotte became increasingly involved in the art world, managing the Hoxton Garage, an independent arts venue in East London. Known for her can do attitude and ability to make things happen, Charlotte was appointed Project Manager for The Retailery in 2016, overseeing the build, set up, interior design and operational management of the site which opened in November 2016. A practicing artist Charlotte still manages to find time to exhibit her work and also teaches art twice a week for local disability charity Frontline.

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Christine Santa Ana, Project Manager
Christine Santa Ana, Project Manager
Project Manager

Christine recently completed her Post-Graduate Certificate in Education as in her own words ‘she loves sharing her skills and experience’. She has taught at Ravensbourne and Central Saint Martins and is currently working as a Course Leader for Art and Photography sharing her passion for arts education, particularly widening participation programmes. Christine also cofounded a gallery, which she ran for two years, leading to a scholarship studying MA Photography, where she gained a distinction. Since 2011, she has been a practising curator specialising in photographic exhibitions, making her the perfect candidate to curate Colour In Romford, our street art initiative, which is ultimately turning Romford’s streets into an open-air gallery.

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Kevin Smeeing, Product Designer
Kevin Smeeing, Product Designer
Product Designer

Kevin Smeeing is a Dutch creative director and artist working with social interaction, conceptual design and emotional everyday triggers. Kevin holds a BSc in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, followed by a Minor in Applied Art and Design from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. Upon graduating Kevin engaged in exhibitions, projects and residencies across globe including South Korea, Brazil, and Hong Kong. He received his Master in Product Design from the Royal College of Art in London. Kevin was one of the artists to take part in Made Public’s residency programme at The Quadrant. His project, titled Future of the High Street, was trying to re-imagine the potential uses of vacant retail spaces in the local high streets. When that project ended he was asked to work with Made Public on one of the exciting projects aiming to improve Romford’s high street, by introducing culture and leisure.

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Jonathan Birkett, Consultant
Jonathan Birkett, Consultant

Jonathan is one of the UK’s leading place management specialists. After nearly a decade working as a town centre manager, BID director and chief executive, he now uses his expertise to help local councils create effective, pragmatic and innovative place management solutions. Jonathan’s work on the Stratford upon Avon BID won him international recognition as the 2010 winner of the IDA World Congress for creating an exceptional visitor experience. He was also selected as one the six national Portas’ Pilot and Town Team advisors and in 2013 he was awarded the ATCM’s Chairman’s award for outstanding achievement and contribution to the industry for his work in place management. He is the co-author of the Diversifying the Night-time Economy to Create Self-Regulating Town Centres guidelines commissioned by the Home Office as part of the 2014 national LAAA programme.

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Jenny Lam, Project Assistant
Jenny Lam, Project Assistant

Jenny Lam is our very own Northern born, honorary Romford Gal. Having graduated with a degree in International Fashion Marketing from Manchester Metropolitan she moved to London at 20 as part of her university course, spending a year working at Blow PR. Following her graduation she was offered a full time role at Blow, assisting on international brands such as Basso & Brooke, Manish Arora and Ashish. Before long she was an Account Manager, running shows at London Fashion Week, Paris, Amsterdam and Lagos. After 6 years Jenny went freelance, representing designer to the stars Philip Armstrong. In the mean time she had also moved to Romford and was dabbling in the catering industry, including a stint on Masterchef. Wanting a change from fashion and keen to work locally Jenny joined Made Public in 2016 and is currently expecting her first baby.

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Georgia Trower, Project Assistant
Georgia Trower, Project Assistant

Graduating with First Class Honours from The Architectural Association School of Architecture, Georgia has extensive expertise and experience in commercial refurbishment, having worked at Buckley Gray Yeoman as an Architectural Assistant for two years. This included producing drawing packages, visuals, presentations and the issuing of tender and construction drawings. Now completing her Master of Architecture (March) at Westminster University, Georgia is a valued member of the team, with a no nonsense approach and a go get them attitude.

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Johnny Garcia, Project Assistant
Johnny Garcia, Project Assistant

Johnny began his journey into the creative arena by dropping his engineering scholarship and throwing himself head first into finding a subject that truly inspired him. Three years ago he discovered the creative and complex procedures behind film and animation and started his own journey into self-study, teaching himself the skills that won him small time features within Imagine FX magazine and earning himself a university place with only a portfolio. He is currently in the second year of his degree and working part-time within the creative industry freelancing as a production artist, illustrator and animator.

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Ajay Pabial, Project Assistant
Ajay Pabial, Project Assistant

Ajay has been an active volunteer with Made Public since 2014, working on projects such as Outback Art House, Niche and Arcade Remade. Having recently graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the University of Reading, he is now a fully-fledged member of the team working predominantly on the Quadrant. His interest in community engagement with arts was ignited during his first placement as Set Designer at the Royal Opera House in 2012. A practicing artist, Ajay has both exhibited in and curated shows in and around London and was recognized in 2016 by the Owen Ridley Award for Strong Work, Initiative, Generous Studentship and Proactive organizing of exhibitions.

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Marc McLean, Director
Marc McLean, Director
Creative Director

Creative Director Marc Mclean joined Made Public when it was still branded as Romford Contemporary Arts Programme back in 2012. A native of East London, Marc graduated with a degree in graphic design from Havering college. Now creative director for the company, Marc is the creative force behind Made Public’s branding. Alongside his duties as Made Public creative director, Marc is also busy running independent graphic design studio Make Do Studio alongside Made Public director, Aimee Winston.

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Phil Chamberlain, Director
Phil Chamberlain, Director
Director

One of the Made Public Directors, Phil Chamberlain, has been working in education for 25 years. Currently Phil is a faculty leader for arts at Havering Sixth Form College and a principal examiner for Edexcel. Phil is passionate about the value of arts in education and believes that it has the power to change lives and positively change communities. Phil became involved with the Made Public team 6 years ago and has worked with various community projects in the area and local community since then. With a background in Fine Art, Phil continues to practice alongside his work, working chiefly in collage.

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Andrew Curtin, Director
Andrew Curtin, Director
Director

Made Public director Andrew Curtin is a Romford resident that has written extensively on the social and cultural history of Havering. Andrew first became involved with Made Public because he wanted to help support artists in the local community. As well as acting as a director of the company, Andrew is also Chair of Romford Civic Society and Board member of Havering Museum. In the past he has worked on eighteenth and nineteenth century painter in major museums and archives in St Petersburg and Moscow.

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