Tony Graves

Acting Chair

Tony is Head of Subject and a Principal Lecturer for the Arts and Festivals Management, BA undergraduate degree at De Montfort University. He has a background in the arts both as a performer and administrator. A former classical pianist, he is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, and was previously the Chief Executive…

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Karen Chouhan

Board Member

Karen Chouhan is the Leicester Organiser for the Worker’s Educational Association which is a national charity providing adult education including for the poorest and most disadvantaged people in society. She is also Chair of Healthwatch Leicester City, a body which aims to champion public and patient views and interests in the Health and Social Care…

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Pawlet Brookes FRSA

Executive Artistic Director

Pawlet is an accomplished and experienced senior manager and producer who has been at the heart of the development of Black arts centres, from Marketing Manager at the Nia Centre (Manchester) in the 90s to the Artistic Director of Peepul Centre (Leicester) and Chief Executive of Rich Mix (London). She has been the Arts Council…

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Catherine Dénécy

Board Member

Catherine Dénécy first started her professional training in Guadeloupe, she moved to New York City in 2004 to enter the Ailey School as the recipient of The Oprah Winfrey Foundation Scholarship. Catherine Dénécy has had the privilege to study with many great figures of American modern dance such as Denise Jeffferson, Peter London, Jacqueline Buglisi…

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Gemma Clarke

Project Researcher

Gemma Clarke is Serendipity’s Project Researcher for the Lost Legends 30 years of BHM in Leicester supported by heritage lottery fund and Leicester City Council. Key aims will be to celebrate and record the achievements and contributions of Leicester’s African and African Caribbean community, culminating in an exhibition, website and digital directory. A recent graduate…

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Julie Smith

Project Manager

Julie is Serendipity’s Project Manager having over 20 years’ experience of working in the public, private and voluntary sectors. She has a background in the arts both as a performer and administrator. A former De Montfort University student, Julie graduated with a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts (Dance). Julie has worked with a number of…

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Reneé Van-der-Westhuizen

Digital Events Apprentice

Reneé Van-der-Westhuizen is Serendipity’s events apprentice and will be supporting the team on a number of projects from Black History Month to Let’s Dance International Frontiers with a particular interest in live events and would like to go onto hosting festivals. Prior to joining the team, Reneé has varied experience volunteering within the community and…

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Sonia Jesrani

Finance and Digital Marketing

Sonia Jesrani is Serendipity’s Finance and Digital Marketing Assistant. She has experience working in finance in a consultancy company and is currently studying distance learning with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She is keen to put all her theory into practice and has a big interest in the arts.

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Amy Grain

Administrator

Amy Grain is Serendipity’s Administrator. Amy began working with Serendipity as an Education Intern for Let’s Dance International Frontiers in 2013 after graduating from University of Leicester with a BSc degree in Psychology.

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