MEET THE TEAM
Head of Operations
Fiona Aber | she/her
Fiona joined the VAULT team as Head of Operations in Jan 2024. Over the last decade, Fiona has worked at the intersection of business operations and creative functions working predominantly in entertainment/music, live events, arts and culture, consumer brands, national charities, and international NGOs. Such experience has seen her work with organisations such as Printworks London, Shubbak Festival, The V&A, Tomorrowland, UNICEF, UNHCR, Notting Hill Carnival, and Relentless Energy Drink.
With the strong conviction that having access to information and knowing what to do with it is an act of freedom, she is passionate about supporting young creatives through the foundations of creative entrepreneurship using mentoring and learning and development programmes run through her non-profit organisation Visualise in Motion. Such passion for teaching has also been demonstrated through her time as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Creative Arts teaching an ‘Events and the Experience Economy’ module to BA students and a ‘Music and Brand Management’ module to Masters students.
Liz Arday | she/her
Liz is the Business Director for VAULT Creative Arts. She first joined the VAULT team in 2019 as Customer Experience Manager, leading front of house operations for VAULT Festival and In 2022 she became General Manager.
Originally from Australia, Liz has previously worked for organisations including Wilton’s Music Hall, Young Vic, Sydney Theatre Company, Bush Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company and Regent’s Park Open Air. She is also a freelance theatre director and was the 2018 recipient of the Sandra Bates Directors Award, spending a year as resident assistant director at the Ensemble Theatre, Sydney.
Liz is passionate about building inclusive and welcoming spaces, championing audacious new work, and exploring the intersections of live performance and technology.
Bars & Café Manager
Lenia Christodoulou | she/her
Lenia is the Bars and Cafes manager across VAULT and The Glitch, working to ensure our audiences get a fully immersive experience including great food and drinks!
Passionate about creating vibrant social spaces, accessible to all, Lenia has managed pubs and bars since 2014 with a 6 year hiatus in the drink sales industry.
Aside from pouring pints, Lenia had a previous career as a classical musician, studying at Trinity Laban and The Royal College of Music and still enjoys any opportunity to play chamber music.
Head of Nightlife
Laura Drake Chambers | she/they
Laura first worked with VAULT in 2014, hosting several years of successful events and parties as a visiting artist.
She has since worked in London as a Creative Producer, Entertainment & Cultural Programmer, alongside a variety of teams and collaborators across the UK and internationally, and went on to join the VAULT team officially, establishing and developing the festival's first official Late Night programme in 2019.
The foundations of her work are built on promoting the commercial viability of non-mainstream performance, multi-disciplinary art forms and alternative talent whilst retaining a collective mindset of support, community, inclusion and professional sustainability for performing artists of diverse disciplines; keeping joy, inclusivity & imagination at the core of every project.
With a passion for curating and executing spectacular creative projects working with multi-disciplinary art forms, both as a freelance producer and collaboratively through her theatre & events company, Shotgun Carousel; Laura returns to VAULT after a 2 hiatus and is thrilled to be back working with the team, especially with the adventure of opening a new venue.
Head of Communications
Laura Evans | she/they
Laura is the Head of Communications for VAULT, developing and delivering campaigns across a range of projects as well as VAULT Festival.
Laura joined the VAULT team in October 2022, having previously led Marketing & Communications at UK New Artists; Attenborough Arts Centre; Cultural eXchanges Festival and The Spark Arts for Children. Laura has also worked as an Associate Lecturer at De Montfort University where she taught on BA Performing Arts, MA Performance Practices, and BA Arts and Festivals Management degrees, and as a freelance videographer. Previously Laura ran a performance company, A Bang in the Void, and a sustainable clothing business: peachy.
Laura’s loves seeing work that centers queer/LGBTQ+ stories, as well as innovative multidisciplinary work with interactive technologies.
CEO, Director & Co-Founder
Andy George | he/him
Andy is CEO, Director & Co-Founder of VAULT Creative Arts & VAULT Festival which involves setting the direction for the company, creating new projects and developing existing ones, and keeping an eye on the organisation’s day-to-day business & operations.
Andy’s background is in producing and managing immersive & site-specific productions, National & International Touring shows, and a wide-range of performance festivals including the Olivier Award nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground and You Me Bum Bum Train, Belarus Free Theatre’s international hit, Burning Doors, and seven editions of VAULT Festival.
Outside of work, Andy is a Director, Devisor, & Collaborator on shows, and loves running, walking, and being outdoors. He builds furniture for his tiny flat and loves taking things apart failing to fix them. He’s passionate about creativity and social change and is driven by wanting to create a more accessible, more inclusive, & more sustainable world for everyone to live in, and enjoy.
Lotty Holder | she/her
Lotty is the Grants Manager at VAULT, working across Trust and Foundation funding and supporting on projects and fundraising events.
Lotty is an award-winning producer and playwright who has a passion for presenting entertaining, socially engaged, new theatre. She has created work with companies including Chronic Insanity, The Original Theatre Company, Farnham Maltings, The Big House and Oxford Old Fire Station as well as being Associate Producer for Vardy V Rooney: The Wagatha Christie trial in the West End and on Tour. During her career she has won the André Ptaszynski Prize for Producing and the Offie for Best Audio drama for her original Play Red Breast.
Lotty loves work that packs an emotional punch and puts relationships centre stage. She is passionate about supporting new artists to navigate the sector and ensuring that everyone’s voice can be heard, and as part of this she runs workshops and guest lectures for new producers and theatre students. In her spare time she is an avid reader, lover of good food and dogs.
Marketing & Sales Assistant
Eleanore Jenks (EJ) | she/her
EJ is the Marketing and Sales Assistant at VAULT Creative Arts. She initially joined the VAULT team in January 2023 as the Press and Marketing Placement for VAULT Festival 2023. In her current role, she works on a range of campaigns across VCA, including A Pinch of VAULT and The Glitch.
Originally from New York, Eleanore holds a BA in Communication and Media Studies from Manhattanville College and an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from King’s College London. Her previous work has ranged across marketing and social media, graphic design, copywriting, and videography.
Eleanore is passionate about accessibility in the arts from all points of view, and looking at how theatre and performance spaces can be inclusive for all kinds of artists and audiences.
Marketing & Sales Assistant
Jéssica Lima | she/they
Jéss is the Marketing & Sales Assistant for VAULT, working across a number of projects, supporting the communications, ticketing and sales teams.
Ellen Miles | she/they
Ellen is Partnerships Manager at VAULT, creating fruitful relationships and impactful activations with value-aligned brands and organisations. Ellen joined the VAULT team in January 2024, having previously worked as Senior Global Partnerships Strategist at Culture Trip, Partnerships Strategist at Refinery29 (VICE), and as a freelance strategist for a number of purpose-led organisations. Her previous work includes partnerships with AmEx, Ganni, Gingerline, Selfridges, Sonos, Smirnoff, and Talisker.
Outside VAULT, Ellen is a writer and activist for social and environmental justice. She’s the author of two acclaimed books on these subjects and has spoken at the Barbican Centre, Hay Festival, Latitude Festival, Natural History Museum, and Southbank Centre.
Producer, Programmer & Co-Head of Theatre
Adèle Reeves | she/her
Adèle joined the VAULT Team in July 2021 as the Artist Development Coordinator, and transitioned to Producer & Programmer in 2023. Her role is to support the curation, planning and delivery of creative outputs for VAULT Creative Arts. She also manages the programme of Artist Development Opportunities offered by VCA.
Adèle is a producer with a background in theatre administration and box office management. Originally from Scotland, she studied an MA in Theatre & Performance Studies at King’s College London. Following this, Adèle spent 3 years working for the Pleasance Theatre core management team in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Alongside this work, she developed her career as a producer. Adèle is the Creative Producer for international company, Out of the Blue, and has also worked freelance on many fringe theatre, live music and mixed-medium festival projects.
Adèle is inspired by performance that breaks outside the traditional theatre space, and focuses on projects that address narratives of refugeehood, national identity and political commentary.
Head of Comedy
Kate Stone | she/her
Kate is the Head of Comedy at VAULT Creative Arts.
Passionate about making comedy more accessible and inclusive, Kate worked with Funny Women CIC, booking their live comedy shows and producing their Comedy Writing category in addition to introducing the Comedy Shorts category as part of the internationally renowned Funny Women Awards. She also oversees the administration for the David Nobbs Memorial Trust New Comedy Writing Award and programmes live comedy for four venues across Hampshire.
Kate is also an award-winning script writer. She has written comedy sketches for the BBC, JLL’d diversity campaign and, to keep to comedy’s rule of three let’s say third project.
Production & Technical Coordinator
Carys Williams | she/her
Carys is the Production & Technical Coordinator for VAULT, providing administrative and logistical support to the Programming & Production Department. Carys first joined VAULT as a freelancer for the 2023 Festival and is thrilled to be rejoining the team on a full-time basis.
She has previously worked across theatre, festivals and comedy as a Production Coordinator, Tour Manager and Stage Manager, both in London and on Tour, and enjoys working to making theatre accessible to everyone and supporting artists to push the technical boundaries of their production.
Check for current vacancies in the VAULT team here.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Chair of Trustees
Nathan Woodhead | he/him
Nathan is an actor turned ad creative with a range of industry accolades for creativity and effectiveness. Today he is a Group Creative Director at VIRTUE Worldwide, part of VICE Media Group where he oversees the creative for a host of international brands across the globe to develop people-centric communications, experiences and campaigns. He has a curiosity for people, culture which sees him connecting creatives at all levels with opportunities to collaborate with brands to develop work that reaches new audiences. He's a talent mentor and DE&I campaigner.
Deputy Chair of Trustees
Mike Duggan | he/him
Mike's first career was as a senior corporate adviser for 27 years at a leading international law firm, but has always had a strong connection to theatre and performing arts. As a student it was performing or producing, as a lawyer he advised Boards of larger groups like ATG, and if not working was usually to be found in an audience. Mike recently helped launch Lighthouse Arts, a new social impact and sustainability focused arts investor. Mike believes theatre and the arts can nurture wellbeing and mental health, increase our sense of connection, build communities, and be a powerful agent for change. Mike first came to VAULT in 2017 and instantly loved a new exciting environment, crackling with energy, creativity, exploration, openness and joy. He's excited to help VAULT on the next stage of its journey.
Helen O'Donnell | she/her
Helen is Head of Development for BBC Studios TalentWorks, a content label that identifies digital talent with whom BBC Studios can partner to develop a slate of innovative new content cross-genre and cross-media. The label builds on her success in creating and launching new content with premiere league digital stars. Helen is responsible for developing emerging talent within BBC Studios and the BBC Studios invested indies to create brilliant, impactful shows and nurture the next generation of creative talent in the UK.
Amanda Lee-Ajala | she/her
Amanda has over a decade of experience in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). Driving sustainable change in complex organisations using her detailed understanding of related legislation and regulations to inform compliance and educate individuals and teams on new and emerging issues. She is a strong communicator, who uses compelling arguments to build trust, inspire, influence, and build lasting relationships with a variety of key stakeholders, ensuring different perspectives are considered in important decision-making processes and learning. Amanda is adept in developing inclusive policies, practices, and creating a culture of participation that encourages people to communicate effectively, that attracts, retains, and develops talent.
Jessica Lawson (Hall) | she/her
Since graduating from The University of Birmingham with a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies, Jessica has developed her career in live events and theatre production, including forming her own general management company JCH Management and working in producing and management positions across West End, touring and international shows, live events and festivals. Theatre credits include; Room On The Broom (KW & NB), Top Hat The Musical (Kenny Wax Ltd), Matilda The Musical (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Woman In Black (PW Productions Ltd), Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Showstopper Productions Ltd), An Evening With Sir Roger Moore (Meadow Rosenthal Ltd) and international replica’s of Mischief Worldwide Ltd productions including The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and GROAN UPS. Live event and festival credits include; Brainiac Live, Science Museum Live and Guinness World Records Live (Dan Colman Creative), VAULT Festival (The Heritage Arts Company) and as the Live Events Coordinator for Guinness World Records.
In addition to the above, Jessica also spent a period of time at the arts venue Farnham Maltings, developing the commissioning programmes house and caravan supporting regional venues and regional productions. Jessica is currently the Producer for the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, producing all of their productions both in London and nationally across the United Kingdom. Alongside working for the National Youth Theatre, Jessica is the International Production Officer for Mischief Worldwide Ltd, being the main contact for licensed international productions of all Mischief shows across the world.
Madison Lymer | she/her
Madison is a Producer, and Sales Manager currently working as the Sales & Ticketing Manager for Sonia Friedman Productions. Prior to that she worked as the Sales Development Manager at VAULT Creative Arts and as a freelance Stage Manager and Producer in Canada. She has produced a number of festivals along with several events within the tourism industry. At heart, Madison is an academic and has a keen interest in the intersection between performance and politics along with the economics of the creative industries. Previously Madison has held a trustee position with 5th Company Lane Productions where she helped orchestrate the Artist in Residence Programme which worked to get playwrights, actors, and aspiring creatives with Down Syndrome on stage.
Heather Ruck | she/her
Heather has programmed venues in Edinburgh Fringe, and in London from Kings Head Theatre to Southbank Centre, and has produced and toured shows in both the UK an Australia.