Artichoke is a small company with big ambitions.

Helen Marriage


Helen Marriage is Director of Artichoke, the arts production company she co-founded with Nicky Webb in 2005, and Creative Director of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

Helen’s previous work includes a seven-year period as Director of the Salisbury Festival, described by The Times as ‘miracle of modern British culture’. She created the first Arts & Events programme for Olympia & York, the developers of Canary Wharf in London, and was an Associate Director of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT).  She began her working life at Artsadmin where she managed a variety of independent artists in the early 1980s.

In 2012, she was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard Graduate School of Design, a prestigious fellowship awarded to individuals working in the area of urban design and planning. Her appointment was an acknowledgement of the impact Artichoke has made on the way mass public art events are negotiated and staged.  She was awarded an MBE for services to the arts in the New Year’s Honours list in 2016.


Sarah Coop

Development Director

Sarah has been raising money for the Arts since 1984 when she worked for the Festival of Sydney. She spent the next 12 years working for some of the best international orchestras, setting up sponsorship departments for the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Philharmonia, securing their residency at Le Chatelet with a £500,000 sponsorship from Rover Cars.

Sarah helped to put the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra back on the map with a £1million sponsorship deal for their residency at the Royal Albert Hall. She also initiated the capital campaign at the Roundhouse and was responsible for raising the first £10 million.

She spent five years fundraising at the Hampstead Theatre before joining Artichoke in 2008. Sarah is a board member of Theatre de Complicite, Burgh House and Hofesh Shechter Company, and was a judge for Miss Gibraltar 2013.


  • Kate Harvey

    Senior Producer | View Bio

    Kate Harvey
  • Maeve McDonnell

    Assistant Producer | View Bio

    Maeve McDonnell
  • Matilda Verrells

    Assistant Producer | View Bio

    Matilda Verells
  • Bren O’Callaghan

    Curator | View Bio

    Bren O’Callaghan

  • Neil Goulder

    Finance & Operations Director | View Bio

    Neil Goulder
  • Emily Lake

    Deputy Director of Operations | View Bio

    Emily Lake
  • Zafeerah Heesambee

    Production Coordinator
  • Anna Vinegrad

    Director of Communications | View Bio

    Anna Vinegrad
  • Nia Shaw

    Head of Digital | View Bio

    Nia Shaw
  • Khadija Niang

    Communications Coordinator | View Bio

    Khadija Niang
  • Selina Ocean

    Senior Communications Manager | View Bio

    Selina Ocean
  • Ma'ayan Plane

    Deputy Development Director | View Bio

    Ma’ayan Plane

  • Emily Turner

    Senior Development Manager – Trusts & Individuals | View Bio

    Emily Turner
  • Phoebe Light

    Development Manager | View Bio

    Phoebe Light
  • Alessandro Torresi

    Alessandro Torresi

    Development Assistant | View Bio

    Alessandro Torresi
  • Tessa Collins

    Tessa Collins

    Finance Manager | View Bio

    Tessa Collins
  • Arlowe Fox

    Administration Assistant