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.
Melissa Appleton, Creative Director (interim role)
Melissa is interim Creative Director at Peak and is responsible for leading and planning our creative programme. Melissa grew up near Newport, South Wales and studied architecture at Cambridge University and The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and has worked for practices such as Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), New York. Between 2008–2012 Melissa co-directed Post Works with Matthew Butcher, 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 – whether at the scale of a landscape, a canal network or an abandoned garden. Melissa has worked with Peak as a freelance Creative Producer since 2017, leading on the artistic development and delivery of Hinterlands and Skyline projects, the latter a feasibility study for the large-scale transfer of land to community groups in the South Wales Valleys.
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 and was selected by Arts Council of Wales as one of four lead invigilators for Cymru yn Fenis / Wales in Venice at the 2019 Venice Biennale.