Sarah Ebanja – Chair
Sarah currently works closely with the wider community in Haringey as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Bernie Grant Performing Arts Centre. She has extensive experience of working to improve the lives of communities, having worked at a top level in local government for Lewisham, Hackney and Islington Councils and as Deputy Chief Executive of the London Development Agency.
Sarah provides a range of project, management, and strategy development that draw upon her 20+ years' experience as a senior officer in London's local and regional government.
Sharon Grant – Trustee
Sharon Grant OBE has been closely involved with the development of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre since the idea was put forward by her late husband in the 1990’s. Formerly a university lecturer, she ran Bernie Grant’s Parliamentary office until his death in 2000, and has subsequently chaired national consumer bodies in health and transport.
Currently she advises on health issues in Parliament, chairs Haringey’s Citizens Advice Bureau, and HealthWatch Haringey. She is also secretary to a separate charity the Bernie Grant Trust. She was awarded the OBE in 2014.
Lela Kogbara- Trustee
Lela is an accountant by profession and for over 20 years has been a senior manager in organisations delivering public services.
She is currently Assistant Chief Executive (Strategy & Community Partnerships) at Islington Council. Her remit includes arts and culture, adult learning, employment, community safety and voluntary sector. Lela has a long-standing personal commitment to equal opportunities, human rights and justice.
Clyde William - Trustee
Clyde’s career includes: Sales Director of a technology business managing 45 salespeople; working with IBM to improve the productivity of their customer facing staff across Europe, Middle East and Africa; Chief Executive of a national vocational training charity and working with voluntary sector executives to improve their Development Teams’ fundraising results. Clyde is Non-Executive Director of East London NHS Foundation Trust.
Bernie Grant Arts Centre Team
Pete Courtie - Chief Executive
Ujjwala Dsouza – Finance Assistant
Mekel Edwards – Technical Manager
Latisha Emanuel - Front of House
Wendy Fisher - Venue Hire Manager
Jonathan Gregory - Premises and Front of House Manager
Maria Carabasel – Marketing and Communications Officer
Hakeem Kazeem - Film Programmer
Debbie La Rosa - Front of House
John Mangal - Front of House
Gina Moffat – Blooming Scent Café Director
John Raj - Finance Director
Ben Casement-Stoll - Senior Marketing Manager