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, and in 2015 the Balfour of Burleigh Tercentenary Prize for Exceptional Achievement in Crafts, for leading and inspiring generations of practitioners. 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
Zoe Lacey

Zoe joined Cockpit Arts in September 2016 and provides executive level support to Chief Executive, Vanessa Swann. She is an experienced PA, with an eight year history of working in commercial property. Outside of her part time work at Cockpit Arts, Zoe runs her own stationery and calligraphy design studio.

Head of Business Incubation
David Crump


David has overall responsibility for Business Incubation 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 London Creative Network programme. 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 Lawry


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 Lawry was awarded the CCSkills Craft Skills Award, alongside her colleague, for creating entry routes into the craft sector.

Administrative Coordinator
Emma Sims


Emma joined the Business Incubation team in 2016 and coordinates the London Creative Network (LCN) programme at Cockpit Arts. LCN assists makers to advance their capacities for products, services and development. Emma is the main point of contact for makers on the LCN programme (or those who are interested in participating) and works closely with the other partner organisations on the programme. Before joining Cockpit Arts Emma worked in energy efficiency, facilitating programmes which would improve implementation of European Directives through the creation of networks and open dialogue between Member State countries.

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. He is a practicing artist, the co-founder of successful contemporary art website Artvehicle, and a regular lecturer at Central Saint Martins.

Head of Development
Sandie Mattioli

Sandie is responsible for a wide range of fundraising and earned income activities at Cockpit Arts including managing the Supporters scheme, Trusts and Foundations, events as well as venue hire and private tours. Prior to joining Cockpit Arts, Sandie was Development and Events Manager at Camden Arts Centre. She is a Trustee of Kingsgate Workshops Trust and was one of 15 inaugural Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellows, based at the Whitechapel Gallery. Sandie graduated from Birkbeck, University of London with an in MA Museum Cultures in 2012.

Development and Events Coordinator
Claire Stone

Claire assists the Head of Development in managing earned income and fundraising activities, including venue hire and tours, events and the Supporters scheme. With a background in producing and directing theatre and outreach projects, in 2015 she was selected as one of 25 trainees for the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy. Based at The Point Theatre, she initiated and designed Improv4 Schools, a year of workshops to engage, inspire and build the confidence of Pupil Premium students. Claire received an AHRC scholarship to study Advanced Theatre Practice at Central School of Speech & Drama, and previously studied Philosophy & Literature at Warwick University. She has a diploma in Arts Fundraising & Leadership.

Head of Communications
Janice Hosegood


Janice is the Head of Communications at Cockpit Arts and 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 continues to run her own consultancy practice that she set up in 2007. Janice is co-author of ‘Barbara Cartlidge and Electrum Gallery – A Passion for Jewellery’, published in 2016.

Communications Manager
Alice Hubley


Alice joined the Cockpit team in 2016 and along with Janice Hosegood is responsible for the communications at Cockpit Arts.
An experienced communications professional specialising in the contemporary craft sector, Alice previously worked as Senior Marketing Executive for New Designers, the exhibition for emerging design and London Art Fair. Prior to that Alice worked in the communications team at the Crafts Council managing general communications as well as coordinating a series of networking and industry events including the Assemble conference and working on key elements of the COLLECT art fair.

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, Leather Designer; Sandy Black, Professor of Fashion and Textile Design at London College of Fashion; Adriana Paice, artist and curator; Freddie Robins, artist and senior tutor at Royal College of Art; Deirdre Figueiredo MBE, Director of Craftspace.



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