Alex Corwin – Marketing and Programme Manager
Alex studied Children’s Literature at Newcastle University before working at Harrogate International Festivals, mostly on the Crime Writing Festival. In 2014 she joined Ilkley Literature Festival, initially as Marketing Officer, but over the course of 6 festival seasons moved up to be Programme and Marketing Manager.
Alex came to Kala Sangam on a freelance basis in 2019, before joining the team permanently in 2020. She is responsible for leading on all Marketing for the company, programming work and offering support for artists.
Alex Croft – Creative Director
Alex is responsible for developing and implementing Kala Sangam’s strategic vision. Alongside programming artistic activity, and leading on support for artists, this includes developing partnerships, fundraising and representing the company on a number of strategic Boards and Steering Groups. He is the Chair of Bradford’s Cultural Voice Forum.
Alex began his career at Northern Ballet working in both press and marketing before joining West Yorkshire Playhouse and then Phoenix Dance Theatre where he headed up the organisation’s marketing team. In 2014 he joined Arts Council England as Relationship Managed for Dance, working closely with both independent artists and arts organisations across the North. He is a Board Member at balletLORENT and a former trustee of Pyramid of Arts.
Dave Dearlove – Facilities Assistant and Caretaker
Dave is part of our facilities team.
Dave Searle – Freelance Theatre Technician
Dave does the sound and lighting for our events
Fay Beesley – Education and Outreach Officer
Fay graduated in Theatre at York St John’s University in 2015 and since graduating, she has gained considerable experience of working with children and young people through the arts as a freelance theatre facilitator. She has collaborated with a number of theatre companies, schools, health research institutes, charity organisations and freelance artists.
She is also a recognised performance artist and has performed both nationally and internationally. Fay has performed at the Camden’s People Theatre, London, the Imperial War Museum North and Teatro Ibréco in Lisbon.
In her role she plans for Kala Sangam to continue delivering excellent and high quality art based workshops and projects, as well as engaging the communities of Bradford to participate and gain a passion for the arts.
Jez Arrow – Head of Finance
Jez has more than twenty years’ experience as a senior arts manager, director and artist in a wide range of contexts, including development of an independent multi-arts venue in the North East and bookkeeper on a Scottish feature film with BBC broadcast in 2013. He’s also worked extensively with young people throughout his career, many of them young carers, looked after children and those excluded from education, including tutoring at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the Film & Performance elective for young people.
Mohammed Iftikar – Facilities Manager
Ifty is the welcoming face of Kala Sangam, having worked for the company for over a decade. He coordinates bookings, manages events and our facilities team and supports the Head of Commercial in the running of St Peter’s House.
Mo Khan – Facilities Assistant
Mo is part of our facilities team.
Sidra Bi – Bookkeeper
Sidra is the Bookkeeper at Kala Sangam. She is the longest serving member of staff here at Kala Sangam and plays a vital role within our finance department.
Steve O’Connell – Head of Commercial
Steve is responsible for promoting our versatile space that can host a variety of events and functions. He strongly believes in the value that arts can add to both business and communities. Steve has spent his career in sales; he is from Bradford and is passionate about promoting the city – especially its football team.
Suleman Rahman – Facilities Assistant
Suleman is part of our facilities team.