The Craftspace logo stitched into white cloth on an embroidery hoop.


Management and governance

Craftspace operates with a small experienced team of six permanent roles led by the Director Deirdre Figueiredo, MBE.

The Board is led by our Chair, Matthew Rhodes, and currently has six other members. These are non-executive voluntary roles. The board plays an essential role in ensuring good governance whilst supporting advocacy, fundraising and development of the organisation’s strategic and business plans.

We are recruiting! We are currently seeking expressions of interest from new board members.

The Craftspace team:

Director, Deirdre Figueiredo
Deirdre is the Director of Craftspace.

Operations and Development Manager, Emma Larkinson (part time)
Emma manages fundraising, development and operations.

Exhibitions and Projects Development Manager, Emma Daker (full time)
Emma is project manager for many of our current projects including, We Are Commoners, Women’s Maker Movement and Shelanu.

Learning and Engagement Manager, Katy Sadler (part time)
Katy leads on our annual In:Site Festival and works alongside Deirdre Buckley on our other learning and education projects.

Learning and Engagement Manager, Deirdre Buckley (part time)
Deirdre works alongside Katy on learning and engagement projects and is currently leading on Making for Change.

Marketing, Lisa Falaschi (part time)
Lisa manages Craftspace’s websites, press relations, mailing lists and much of the print and branding.

Administrative Assistant, Amy Kirkham (part time)
Amy works across operations, programming and marketing.

Project Assistant for Women’s Maker Movement, Charlie Birtles (part time)

Curator for Making for Change, Daljinder Johal (part time)

Documenter & Digital Lead for Making for Change, Hayley Salter (part time)

Interns and Volunteers:


Andrea Brighenti, University of Birmingham MA Placement for We Are Commoners

Angela D’Ippolito, Volunteer for Women’s Maker Movement

Isobel Smith, Volunteer for Shelanu: Women’s Craft Collective

Recent placements

“It was an experience that really helped shape the way I think and what I’d like to achieve as an individual and in my career; in the way I treat other people, so thank you for that!”
Alexandria, University of Birmingham placement (Professional Skills Development Module, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology)  working with Shelanu.

Hannaa Hamdache, Creative Producer, Weston Jerwood Intern, 2016
Hannaa mainly worked on our Craftspace Curates season with our Director.
Find out more about the Bursary here.

Sarah Lopez, Creative Apprenticeship, April 2015-2016
Sarah supported the learning and engagement team and mostly working on Making For Change.

“I am proud and privileged to be in a position to promote the ingenuity of artists and craftspeople as well as devising initiatives that enable diverse people of all ages to engage, collaborate and explore their creativity and personal development through making. Craft is not just a commodity. I believe the crafts also have an important role to play in building social and cultural capital as well as strengthening and revitalising communities.” Deirdre Figueiredo MBE