Meet the people behind Riverside Studios.


Our trustees are:

Dr Greg Parston (Chair)
Farrukh Dhondy
Dan Large
Timothy Lefroy
Michelle Marks
Charlie Mawer (Secretary)
Alan Morgan
Robin Price
Tim Simon
Greg Smith
Rachel Tackley
John Woodward


William Burdett-Coutts - Artistic Director/CEO

William has been CEO/Artistic Director of Riverside Studios since 1993. He began his career in theatre and has been running Assembly at the Edinburgh Festival for more than 40 years. His vast experience of founding and producing arts organisations also includes Glasgow’s International Arts Festival and the Brighton Comedy Festival. William was Head of Arts at Granada Television and subsequently ran the BAFTA-award winning television company which produced Channel 4’s comedy Black Books. At Riverside Studios, William has, together with the Arts Council, developed the model of commercial income generation to fund the artistic programme. Highlights include Cloudstreet, Complicite’s Mnenomic, Salad Days, Nirbhaya and Mies Julie.

Guy Hornsby - Executive Director

Guy has been the Executive Director of Riverside Studios since 2006 and has acted as Project Director of the redevelopment since the start of work in 2014. Guy started his career in radio as a producer and presenter for BBC Radio London. He was producer of Tony Blackburn's mid-morning show and went on to be Programme Controller of Southern Radio and then Chief Executive of Kiss 102 in Manchester and Kiss 105 in Yorkshire. Guy specialises in managing and creating projects for small and medium-sized businesses in the arts and entertainment sector.

Tony Lankester - General Manager

Tony Lankester joined as General Manager in October 2019 having spent 12 years as CEO of South Africa's National Arts Festival where he oversaw the operations of Africa's largest arts event. Prior to that, with a degree in Journalism, his career spanned corporate marketing, communications and sponsorship for financial services group, Old Mutual, and working at South Africa's national radio station SAfm as Marketing Manager, Presenter and Producer. ,

Judith Murrell - Assistant to Artistic Director/CEO
Catherine Roussellier - Finance Manager
Nyisha Francis - Finance Assistant

Nik Whybrew - Operations Director
Jan Urbanski - Facilities Manager
Jake Stanley - Venue Operations Manager
Rosie Fraser - Operations Co-Ordinator
Ian Dixon-Wilkinson - Technical Manager
Adam Alkalany - IT Manager
Jan Urbanski - Facilities Manager
Alistair Goodall - Head Chef
Monica Jurzyk-Marszewska - Sous Chef
Chris Burkitt  - Venue Operations Duty Manager
Dean Jordan - Venue Operations Duty Manager
Beatrice Ferrari - Venue Operations Administrator
Patrick Halpin - Head Porter
Chloe More - F&B Duty Manager
Raiya Bird - F&B Assistant
Cedric Cirotteau - F&B Assistant

Nathalie Bristow - Director of Development

Victoria Wills - Commercial Manager
Jason Wood - Cinema Programmer
Lucy Grudniewicz - Programme Administrator
Any Lucas - Events Ambassador 

Daniel Thurman - Projects Manager
Clare Stephens - Archivist
Sophie Greaves - Heritage Activities Manager



General enquiries: [email protected]
Artistic Programme: [email protected]
Private Hires: [email protected]