Kate Sarley, General Manager

Kate studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and spent the next ten years as a Stage Manager working for a variety of companies including the Unicorn Kids Theatre, RSC, Royal Court and in the West End. She then gained a diploma in Arts Administration from Birkbeck University following which she worked for Disney before joining English Heritage as a Grant Officer for the HLF/EH imitative Supporting Places of Worship.

On returning to the arts Kate worked at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Soho Theatre and created the role of General Manager at Colchester Arts Centre, where she project managed two capital building programmes within a Grade II listed church.

Kate then collaborated with Paulette Randall at Talawa Theatre Company the leading Black Theatre Company and in 2005 co-founded Mitchell Production through which she has undertaken a number of senior contracts, including with Jacksons Lane Arts Centre (CEO), High Tide Festival (Company Manager) and Oval House Theatre (Admin Consultant).

Kate's voluntary commitments include Chair of Bures Scout Group, which includes project managing the refurbishment of the Scout HQ, Chair of Noah's Ark Nursery, Secretary of Bures FC and Committee Member of Bures Music Festival.

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Chris Lamb, Design Support and Design Review

Chris Lamb is Chief Executive of the Kent Architecture Centre which has 10 years experience of delivering design review and design support. He will be working with the Shape East team to develop and continue to deliver Design Support for the East of England.

Chris has a Masters in Architecture and taught in the Diploma School in the University of Greenwich for many years. He worked in practice for several years as project architect on a range of arts, housing and education projects. Increasingly interested in urban design he explored the use of computer-based generative modelling and urban form, which led to the founding of a digital design company specialising in the development of 3D worlds and interactive media. He was a design tutor at the University of Greenwich for ten years and visiting lecturer at many other universities.

Before joining Kent Architecture Centre, Chris was the Executive Director of Arc, the architecture centre for the Humber, where he developed a sub-regional design panel, skills programmes and a public realm unit. He is a Director of the Architecture Centre Network.

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