Meet our team
Justine Wheatley, Chief Executive
Justine is Chief Executive of Peak. 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.
Rebecca Spooner, Creative Director
Rebecca has worked for Peak since 2011, becoming Creative Director in 2016. She is responsible for leading and planning the creative programme for Peak, and for ensuring that all our work matches the ambition and values of our Artistic Policy. Rebecca has a first class BA and MA in Fine Art from Cardiff School of Art & Design and was an exhibiting artist in Wales for over ten years, specialising in film and photography installation. Rebecca is the 2017/18 Wales Clore Fellow which includes a three month secondment at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager
Rachel joined the staff team in March 2017, and is responsible for all our participatory activity, including the studio programme at Peak and our Children and Young people’s programme both at our venue and in the community. Her role is part-funded by the Henry Smith Charity to enable those living with disadvantage to take part across our artistic programme. Rachel has a first class BA and MA in Fine Art specialising in Painting from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and has managed various visual arts and community projects throughout Mid-Wales. Rachel is the current Mid Wales Area rep. for Engage.
Emma Beynon, Caban Sgriblio Manager
Emma leads our Children in Need funded project, Caban Sgriblio, an Arts and Culture for wellbeing project for children and young people aged 8 to 18 years, that uses creative writing and film-making. In 2008 A writer and teacher, Emma previously established the Write Team project for Bath Festivals, an innovative creative writing project aimed at developing pupil confidence. Emma’s travel writing has been published in Marine Quarterly and Yachting Monthly. She is writing a novel based on her sailing adventures in Svalbard. Her educational writing includes chapters in ‘Making Poetry Happen’ (Bloomsbury: 2015).
Gavin Johnson, Digital Manager
Gavin joined the team in April 2017 in a new role as Digital Manager, responsible for writing and implementing a digital strategy across all of Peak’s activities. Gavin has spent the last 10 years developing creative projects with festivals including Swn, Green Man, Cardiff Contemporary and with artists such as Pete Fowler, Mark James, Gruff Rhys, Liam Hopkins, Super Furry Animals and Shape Records. Gavin acted as a freelance consultant on the Peak programme and managed our R&D project as part of the Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts in Wales, 2016/17.
Seren Fenoulhet, Project Co-Ordinator
Seren joined the Peak team in December 2017 as Project Co-Ordinator, having been working with Young People through organisations such as the British Film Institute, Operasonic, and Ffotogallery. She works across two young people projects in our participation programme – Health Lottery funded project ‘Caban Crefft’ in Abergavenny, and ‘Illumine‘, a digital arts training project based in Powys supported by Powys County Council and Arwain. Seren has a BA in Theatre and Visual Art from the University of Brighton and is studying an MA in Design for Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.