Justine Wheatley is Peak’s Executive Director. She is responsible for leading, developing and managing Peak, and she sets its strategic direction in collaboration with our Board. Justine is a Cultural Historian, with an MA Celto-Roman Studies and a BA History. An arts management professional and qualified chartered accountant formerly with Deloitte UK, she has worked with Peak since 2003 and previously had a career of nearly 20 years in both the commercial and voluntary sector.
Melissa Appleton is Creative Director at Peak and is responsible for leading our artistic programme. Melissa grew up near Newport, South Wales and studied architecture at Cambridge University and The Bartlett, UCL. Between 2008–2012 Melissa co-directed Post Works, a London-based studio that made performance environments in collaboration with dancers, artists and filmmakers. As a producer, Melissa’s work has focused on developing cultural programmes in response to place with community, land and environmental partners. Melissa has worked with Peak as a freelance Creative Producer since 2017, leading the Hinterlands and Skyline projects.
Louise Hobson is a curator and producer based in Barry and currently Associate Curator at Peak. Louise is currently developing Culture is Ordinary, a centenary programme responding to the work of Raymond Williams. Alongside an independent practice, which is currently sitting within intertidal dialogues, Louise is working with Art Night as an Associate Curator, with Studio Response as a Creative Producer and with the Arts Council of Wales as an Arts Associate. Past projects include: researching internationally connected practice with Elen Roberts (2020/1), Assistant Curator for Sean Edwards’ Wales in Venice presentation and curating And what it became is not what it is now, an exhibition, publication and public programme with Grand Union (both 2019).
Dylan Huw has been working with Peak since early 2020 and guides Pegwn, a Welsh language futures group hosted by Peak Cymru. Dylan is a writer and artistic collaborator who grew up near Aberystwyth and now lives in Cardiff. His writing spans criticism, fiction and art writing in English and Welsh, and he has produced work with organisations including Artes Mundi, MOSTYN, Amgueddfa Cymru and Chapter, in addition to freelance translation, editing and curatorial work and a role in artist development at National Theatre Wales. He was educated at King’s College London and Goldsmiths, University of London, obtaining an M.A. in Visual Cultures in 2018.