As a Customer First organisation our approach at Cockpit Arts is friendly and professional. Find out more about the team.

Chief Executive
Vanessa Swann FRSA, MInstF, PgCertBA


Vanessa was appointed Chief Executive of Cockpit Arts in 2002. Since then she has transformed the organisation from a managed workspace to a creative-business incubator, actively supporting and promoting makers. She has considerable experience of working with, and for, makers and is a spokesperson and commentator on the sector. In 2011 she was awarded the Arts & Business Garrett Award for outstanding achievement in the encouragement of business support for the arts. She was previously the Deputy Director of the Design Museum and Director of the Commissioning Service at Contemporary Applied Arts. Prior to this she headed the RSA Art for Architecture scheme. In 2014, she was appointed a Director of London Craft Week Ltd.


Executive Assistant
Ceri Ann Littlechild


Ceri joined Cockpit Arts in August 2015 and provides executive level support to Chief Executive Vanessa Swann. She spent 8 years at Cambridge City Council starting in customer service and then developing to personal and executive assistant roles. Her most recent position at the Council was in Town Centre Management, where she developed partnership working within a distinctive area of Cambridge called Mill Road. Outside of her part time work at Cockpit Arts, she works as a freelance artist specialising in portraiture in a range of media.

Head of Business Incubation
David Crump


David has overall responsibility for incubation / business development services at Cockpit Arts. Prior to joining Cockpit he was Commercial Manager at Vipa Designs Ltd, an ethical metal jewellery manufacturer and ran Global Fayre LLC,  a retail and online store based in Missouri, USA, with a wider mission to promote Fairtrade in the mid-west region of the USA and support artisan groups in S America, Asia and Africa. David’s previous roles include being Consultant for the Small Business Development Centre in Missouri. David has an MBA and a degree in Economics from Nottingham Trent University.  He is currently a member of  the Futuring Committee for Ethical Metalsmiths.

Business Incubation Programme Manager
Madeleine Furness


Madeleine joined the Cockpit team in 2014 and is responsible for managing the New Creative Markets project.  She also delivers training sessions and provides one-to-one coaching and peer-to-peer support for studio holders.  Madeleine previously worked for the Crafts Council where she supported over 200 makers on their creative and professional development.  Prior to this Madeleine was responsible for Crafts Council retail showcase development and exhibition sales and has also worked in jewellery retail and galleries.  Madeleine has a degree in Jewellery from Middlesex University.

Business Incubation Project Manager
Imogen Gray


Imogen joined the Cockpit Arts team in 2013 and is the first point of contact for studio holders and non studio holder queries relating to business and professional development. In 2015 she was accredited with a SFEDI practitioner certificate in business support. Imogen is also responsible for managing the Creative Employment Programme; a Cockpit Arts initiative to get young people into the Creative Industries.  Imogen has previously worked for Arts Council England, Contemporary Applied Arts, Tate and OVADA. In March 2016 Imogen Gray and Dana Segal were awarded the CCSkills Craft Skills Award for creating entry routes into craft sector.

Studio Manager – Deptford
Beckie Kingman


Beckie is the friendly face of Cockpit Arts Deptford – managing the studios and office facilities and handling the application process. An experienced administrator, Beckie has worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors. She also does freelance work.

Studio Manager – Holborn
Adrian Lee


Adrian is the friendly face of Cockpit Arts Holborn – managing the studios and office facilities and handling the application process. A practicing artist and the co-founder of successful contemporary art website Artvehicle, he has been in the business of facilities management for many years, running his own studio and overseeing two central London language schools.

Development and Events Manager
Dana Segal


Dana is responsible for a wide range of fundraising and earned income activities at Cockpit Arts including managing the Supporters scheme, venue hire and  private tours. Prior to joining Cockpit Arts, Dana was appointed as one of 15 inaugural Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellows, based at the Roundhouse. Dana is a member of the Development Board for Forest Fringe, is part of What? Next – a movement designed to lobby government and the public to engage with the debate around the value of culture, and is an Arts Emergency mentor – supporting young people from all backgrounds to access arts & humanities higher education. Dana graduated from Brunel University with a BA (Hons) Theatre in 2012.

Head of Communications
Janice Hosegood


Janice is the Head of Communications at Cockpit Arts. Janice has over 25 years’ experience of representing craftsmen and women, curating exhibitions and promoting the very best makers. She previously worked as Manager of Electrum Gallery and Manager of Ruberg Jewellery in London. She will continue to run her own freelance arts consultancy that she set up in 2007.

Communications Manager
Jodi Moss


Jodi joined the Cockpit team at the end of 2014 and along with Janice Hosegood is responsible for the Communications at Cockpit Arts. Jodi has previously worked as PR & Marketing Executive at  SCP Ltd, one of the UK’s most innovative and internationally respected manufacturers and suppliers of contemporary design.  She has also worked for Milk Concept Boutique and design gallery, Mint. Jodi graduated from University of Plymouth with a BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design (Designer Maker) in 2009.

Financial Controller
Hugo Godfrey


Hugo has been Financial Controller of Cockpit Arts since 2004. He is responsible for the financial management of Cockpit Arts, including sales, purchases, reporting and budgetary matters. Hugo also runs his chartered accountants practice in Surrey.

External Specialists & Industry Figures include…

Our Cockpit Arts Associates as well as Bill Amberg, Beyonder, Crafts Council, Priscilla Carluccio, Sarah Faberge (Turners’ Company), Carole Milner (The Radcliffe Trust), Own It & SEE, Mary Restieaux, Joey Richardson and UKTI.

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