Meet the staff who run Lauderdale House...
Lauderdale House is run by a small team of dedicated staff supported by our wonderful 'family' - a bevvy of dedicated volunteers, our talented art tutors, and our Board Members.
Katherine has been at Lauderdale House since 1998. In that time she has covered everything from writing business plans and raising funds for our £2.3million refurbishment in 2016, to hoovering the galleries and wrapping presents for Santa’s Grotto. No one day is ever the same!
She began her working life as a solicitor for 8 years, and since her ‘escape’ she has worked for Panjandrum and Proteus theatre companies and set up Trilby Productions to produce small scale theatre and cabaret. Her passion for live performance and new work extends to being a trustee for Above the Stag Theatre and Pursued by a Bear Theatre Company. A former trustee of Musical Theatre Network, she was a key figure in its acceptance as an Arts Council regularly funded organisation.
To unwind, Katherine enjoys cooking and attends a weekly flying trapeze class.
Contact Katherine in relation to programming, business planning, fundraising and anything else the rest of our staff can’t cover… and especially if you’d like to make a donation towards the preservation of this unique historic House or towards our creative programme and outreach educational activities!
Having worked in events for over 12 years, Stuart has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry to ensure holding your function at Lauderdale House is an enjoyable and stress-free experience. He prides himself on helping clients find the perfect setup which suits their needs and has previously worked at many prestigious venues, including the BFI Southbank and Kensington Roof Gardens, managing premium hospitality.
As a printmaker and musician himself he has a real passion for working in the arts and in his spare time pursues his love of Nordic sustainable house-building and living.
Contact Stuart about hiring the House for weddings, parties, concerts, exhibitions, funerals/memorials, workshops and classes.
Helen joined the Lauderdale House team in 2018 as Marketing Manager, having spent the past three years at a marketing agency specialising in arts and culture. Her role at Lauderdale House is to let everyone know about the huge variety of events and activities taking part at the house, as well as keeping our website up-to-date and looking great.
Outside of work, Helen is likely to be curled up at home with a good book and a cup of tea glaring at anyone who tries to disturb her.
Contact Helen about press and advertising, or to buy tickets for events and classes.
Contact Peter about hanging exhibitions and building maintenance.
Maddy manages the community programme at Lauderdale House. This includes our outreach work with secondary schools and youth centres, as well as school and community group visits to the House. Maddy has a background in art history and languages. Before joining Lauderdale House, she was a secondary teacher in Walthamstow.
Contact Maddy if you’re from a school, youth or community group wishing to visit the House or organise a project.
Sasha supports the marketing and event managers with their daily tasks, be it processing bookings, leading show arounds of the house, writing the weekly newsletter, updating the website or moving bits of furniture around in the house. She has a background in the arts, having worked at the theatre on the West End for over a year, as well as undertaken some fringe theatre projects.
She enjoys travelling, theatre and crumpets.
Contact Sasha for any queries and bookings regarding hiring the house for private functions, as well as if you would like to book tickets for any of the events at the house. Sasha also co-ordinates our volunteer scheme, and welcomes contact from anyone interested in becoming a volunteer.
Maria joined Lauderdale House in August 2018 and she works as a bookkeeper. She has previously worked for a number of arts charities in London and has been working in accounting since 2005.
Maria great passions in life are music and playing recorder with her children, cooking Italian food but also experimenting with new dishes. When she is not busy working, Maria spends her time travelling, walking and hiking, and enjoying the company of her family and friends.
Contact Maria about invoices or finance.
As a charity, Lauderdale House relies on the help of our generous supporters; both donors and volunteers. We have a small core team of permanent staff members, who are supported in their work by an active group of dedicated volunteers.
Volunteers are at the heart of the organisation and are fundamental to what we achieve. They include people of all ages, some looking to acquire new skills and experience, others who simply enjoy the opportunity to give something back to the community in a friendly and creative atmosphere. We look for volunteers who are happy to be involved and have a hands-on approach. Opportunities include stewarding in the gallery and on reception, supporting the education programme, developing content for heritage interpretation, historical research, supporting our marketing, answering enquiries, assisting with fundraising and helping with general administration.
What Our Volunteers Say
"I can meet and work with friendly, interesting, charming, lively, cultured, civilised, competent, purposeful people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds."
-Tony O’Halloran, volunteer since 1999
"Lauderdale House was the stepping stone for me to change career paths. I wouldn’t be where I am now without it and I will be eternally grateful for their help."
- Martin Jackson, Admin Manager at Mercury Musical Developments
"I think it is a great experience which gives you the opportunity to meet new people and makes you feel part of a lovely local community like Highgate Village."
- Teresa, volunteer since 2018
Become a Volunteer
Our existing volunteers include people of all ages from a variety of backgrounds and experience. Some people are looking to gain that extra edge on their CV and acquire new skills and experience; others simply enjoy the opportunity to give something back to the community in a friendly and creative atmosphere. There many ways you can contribute to Lauderdale House and we like to agree specific programmes of work for every individual to ensure that everyone finds what they are looking for and they can make an impact on what we do.
We are currently recruiting for the following volunteer roles:
Volunteer Receptionist and Gallery Steward
Volunteers in this role are often the first point of contact for visitors to the house, and bring a warm and welcoming atmosphere to Lauderdale. The role includes manning the gallery, which has an array of exhibitions which alter monthly, answering visitors’ questions, taking calls for the office, completing general administration tasks and generally being a friendly face for our visitors.
Marketing volunteers help to spread the word about Lauderdale’s varied program of concerts, classes and events. Without the help of our volunteers, much of the audience reach we have would not have been achieved. The role of marketing volunteer is highly varieds, with volunteers working with our marketing team on an array of tasks which could include updating our website listings and social media pages, answering enquiries, proof reading any materials being sent to print, and updating as well as contacting press contacts.
The fundraising assistant is essential for the survival of Lauderdale House, as being a charitable organisation, we rely on the generosity of others to support us in the work we do for the community and as an arts house. This position includes tasks such as contacting existing donors, and identifying new ones, updating donor data information, researching trusts, as well as working with the Director to plan regular communication plan for donors.
To find out more, please download the full job description at the top of the page.
If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering at Lauderdale House then please contact Sasha Butler on email@example.com or call on 020 8348 8716. Whether you can commit to joining us for a day every week or want to help out intermitently, we will be happy to try to accommodate you.