Our Consultancy Service
We provide consultancy on social enterprise, business incubation, craft sector development and premises management.
Our approach at Cockpit Arts is friendly and professional with a talented, dedicated team - find out more.
Annie joined Cockpit Arts as Chief Executive in November 2018. Previously, she was Creative Director at the Crafts Council, where she led on talent development, exhibitions, research and innovation. She also writes, presents and broadcasts on craft, art and design in the UK and internationally. From 2016-18, Annie chaired the selection panel for Collect, the international art fair for modern craft, and is currently on the National Glass Centre’s Ambition for Excellence panel. She has served on panels for the BBC Woman’s Hour Craft Prize and RDS Craft Prize, and on the boards of Social Enterprise Works, Capit B Trust and Theatre Bristol. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts an Associate of Newnham College, Cambridge and a member of ACEVO.
As Head of Business Incubation at Cockpit Arts, David and his team provide business support through a comprehensive programme of workshops and one-to-one coaching with the aim of helping each business identify and develop a sustainable model for themselves. He also leads Cockpit Arts’ consultancy service, working with partners in the UK and overseas on projects such as craft sector and social enterprise development. Alongside his role with Cockpit Arts, David retains his interest in sustainable jewellery production, being the founder member of the UK group Fair Luxury and an advisory board member of Ethical Metalsmiths in the USA. He is also an Alumni Fellow of Nottingham Business School, part of Nottingham Trent University.
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.
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.
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.
Amy joined the Business Incubation Team in February 2020 bringing with her over 12 years experience in the retail industry; working in the buying department at John Lewis head office, managing the Home department at Cabbages and Roses and running her own homewares business, Pillo London. Amy manages the day-to-day operations of Pillo and coaching at Cockpit Arts alongside working at Lemon Head Prints, a textile print and manufacturing unit in North London. Here, Amy manages the design community of over 80 designers worldwide and produces the own-brand range Lemon Made. Amy has a design background and passion for textiles and craft, plus a vast range of experience work across multiple business scales and operational styles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maxine joined Cockpit Arts in February 2018 as our Projects Coordinator. This position was made possible by the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme. Maxine graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2018 with an MA in Contemporary Craft. Prior to joining Cockpit Arts, Maxine had volunteered at COLLECT 2017 and exhibited at New Designers and Depozitory Ryde.