Aaron manages all finances at Lighthouse, playing an integral role to the financial and business planning of our organisation.
With over 9 years’ experience in finance and accounting, including 5 years in non-profit organisations, he brings a wealth of experience to the role.
Aaron has previously worked in humanitarian aid and international development in Turkey, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan.
Artistic Director and CEO
Alli leads the artistic and strategic vision and programme for Lighthouse, with a focus on representing an inspiring and challenging range of voices and art forms in art, technology and society.
Under Alli’s direction, Lighthouse continues to ignite powerful interrogations into cultural themes explored by artists and creatives, through commissioning new works, supporting artists and nurturing new talent.
With over 15 years of experience working with leading contemporary artists such as Ryan Gander, Random International and TeamLab. Before joining Lighthouse, Alli produced programmes of temporary and permanent commissions across the globe.
Operations and Events Assistant
Connor works alongside Emma in assisting the Operations and Events run at Lighthouse. Master of multitasking, he helps manage a vast range of events; from organising room hire bookings to setting up and facilitating both commercial and in house events as part of our artistic programme. Always happy to help in his front-facing role, you’ll find him meeting and greeting all of our clients and visitors, making sure they have the best experience at Lighthouse.
Connor is a BA Media Practice graduate from the University of Sussex with a fascination for the sonic medium including podcasts, soundscapes and of course really great techno. His work has been presented on radio platforms such as London’s Resonance FM and Sussex’s URF, and he continues to work with artists on podcasts and film projects. During his time working at Sussex Students Union he developed an appreciation and understanding of working for a not-for-profit organisation and is delighted to continue his career working across the charity arts and events sector.
David has worked at Lighthouse as a freelancer on various projects since 2009, including previous iterations of Guiding Lights, BFI Shorts 2012, BBC Drama Shorts, The Sound of Story, and The Sprawl by Metahaven. He joined the team as an Administrator in 2016 before moving into his current Producer role.
David produces videos, films and music alongside his work at Lighthouse; he’s edited an iShort and several shorts for Nowness; was second camera, production assistant and edit assistant on the feature documentary The Man Whose Mind Exploded; has been a facilitator on several First Light, Mediabox and other film projects for young people; and regularly performs with his DIY modular synthesiser.
Business Development & Partnerships
Since joining Lighthouse in 2006, Emily has led all film commissioning and talent development initiatives. These include Guiding Lights, the UK film industry’s leading mentoring programme, which has been running for over a decade, and matches emerging filmmakers with top industry professionals, including Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Walter Murch, Sam Mendes, Abi Morgan, Kenneth Branagh, Clio Barnard, and many others.
Emily also managed the BFI Shorts scheme, on which she oversaw the production of 17 high-level fiction shorts. The films have gone on to win many leading industry awards including a Welsh BAFTA and the Canal+ Award at Cannes, and received multiple industry accolades, including three BAFTA, three BIFA and two European Film Academy nominations. As Executive Producer, she worked with BBC Film Network, resulting in an Oscar nomination for Wish 143, and a BAFTA nomination for Turning.
Head of Operations
Emma is Head of Operations and joined Lighthouse as Administrator in 2005. Emma leads on venue and commercial development, oversees the smooth running of our office and venue, manages our operations team and oversees event management and project support for all Lighthouse activities. She also supports the Executive Director with fundraising, board and stakeholder liaison and general organisational management.
She is a graduate in Graphic Art & Illustration and an expert doodler. In her previous roles at Lighthouse she carried out our marketing, print design, and all of our administration. She is the heart and soul of the organisation and can often be found providing the warmest welcome in Brighton to our guests, visitors, audiences, colleagues and tenants at Lighthouse.
Jess joined Lighthouse in 2019, managing our marketing, PR and communications strategy. She has more than ten years’ experience in arts communication, working with artists including Ryan Gander, Phyllida Barlow, Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley and Jeremy Deller.
As a freelance brand strategist and copywriter her clients include Glenfiddich, the V&A, Waitrose and Hawksmoor. She’s also a touring musician and songwriter represented by Domino Publishing.
Lucie works alongside the artistic programme team, supporting the delivery of exhibitions, workshops, training programmes and residencies. She provides support across the whole programme, from project and event research, to managing all administrative processes on the Re-Imagine Europe project.
Lucie is a lens-based artist alongside her work at Lighthouse. Since graduating in 2015 as one of the RSA New Contemporaries, she has directed award winning short films with the Scottish Documentary Institute, Glasgow Film and Channel 4 Random Acts. Her work has screened internationally at over 50 festivals including MoMA’s Doc Fortnight, Iris Prize, and #fivefilms4freedom selected by BFI and British Council. Previously on the committee of Tin Roof Arts Collective in Dundee, since moving to Brighton in 2018 she has continued her voluntary work as Artistic Programme Volunteer at Photoworks (2018-19) and Film Curator for Queer the Pier project at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (2019-21).
Sian joined Lighthouse in 2012, and is Senior Producer on our portfolio of projects. Sian leads Guiding Lights, the UK’s premiere film mentoring scheme (matching emerging filmmakers with top industry professionals, including Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Walter Murch, Sam Mendes, Abi Morgan, James Marsh, Tessa Ross, Kenneth Branagh, and Clio Barnard).
Before joining Lighthouse, Sian worked in development for the UK Film Council’s First Feature Stream, and the BFI Film Fund. She began her career at BBC Panorama, moving to Poisson Rouge Pictures in 2005, where she worked for four years as Creative Executive. Sian has worked on several UK and international productions including Francois Ozon’s ‘Angel’, Luca Guadagnino’s ‘I Am Love’ and Marek Losey’s ‘The Hide’, and in development on Bola Agbaje’s ‘Gone Too Far’. She produced her first short film ‘The Holiday’ in 2010.
Before joining Lighthouse team as a Communications Assistant in 2020, Violeta has been curating queer-feminist art, poetry & performance events with their collective Devil’s Dyke Network. Their latest project, Pleasure Gardens, took place in October 2019 at Lighthouse. It comprised a day-long programme of workshops and activities that brought together creative writing, embodied movement, anti-raids training, queer intergenerational roundtable, benefits advice, manicure station, feminist self-defence class, poetry and more.
Violeta brings to the current role their background education in art history and digital documentary to deliver eye-catching content. They are dedicated to broadening the accessibility of Lighthouse’s programme through mindful, timely and engaging communication.