PLATF9RM is a creative business community with an awesome team at its heart.
They make everything tick and help craft our unique atmosphere.
Here’s an introduction to them all. You’ll see them around and they love to chat (often at the expense of doing any work). Come say hi!
Seb Royle, Founder
Seb may be from Scotland but considers himself a fully-fledged Brightonian after living here for seven years. His biggest thrill is watching the growth of everything attached to PLATF9RM; whether its the workspaces, the members, the team or even the plants. An avid fitness fan, you’ll find him running along the beach at times most of us would consider only fit for sleeping.
Emilie Lashmar, Creative Director
Ask the Creative Director of PLATF9RM anything and she’ll come up with the answer you’d never have thought of. Emilie fell head over heels in love with Brighton at the tender age of 19, even commuting to university in London for the pleasure of living in this city. At PLATF9RM she’s a professional matchmaker, and well loved for bringing endless passion, purpose and positivity to the community.
Sunetta Kiarie, Events Manager
Sunetta was born and raised in Kenya, but found herself in Brighton via Bristol and Canterbury. She loves Brighton for its eclectic mess of creatives and the music scene: she’ll be found at Little Green Pig’s events or watching the 25-piece jungle and drum & bass ensemble, Carnival Collective. She’s working on her first novel, whilst her name has the most unique etymology we’ve ever heard: a tanker called Sunetta was sunk the day she was born!
Tara Huzar, Location Manager
Tara loves Brighton’s small-town feel and the fact you can’t step outside your door without bumping into friend or foe. (Mostly friends...of course.) She’s a wannabe DJ in her spare time and, when not behind the decks, she’ll be out front dancing. She also has aspirations to start a stand-up comedy shows: hit her up for a knock-knock joke...
Leanne Doutré, Operations Manager
Leanne is the eyes and ears of PLATF9RM and ensures everything behind the scenes run Nutella-smooth. Occasional bearer of the nickname DIY Doutré, if there’s a snagged carpet or faulty lock she’ll be on the case quicker than you can say “multi-head Phillips screwdriver”. She’s a huge fan of a Netflix documentary binge and, if you give her a pint and a bar stool, will admonish you with knowledge for hours on end.
Matt Miller, The Grounds Manager
Yorkshireman Matt joined our team at the beginning of the year and he made an immediate impression with his vast canvas of tattoos. An avid illustrator, Matt drew most of them himself and is first port of call when his mates need a new design. His affection for body ink is only usurped by his love of dad jokes; If you’ve got a bona-fide groaner in your repertoire, be sure to track him down.
Jessica Samson, Community Lead
In a PLATF9RM team that makes no secret of its love for dogs, Jess is our canine queen. Nothing makes her happier than a member bringing a new woofer into the office and if you ever need a sitter for your pooch, she’s your (Yorkshire) lass. Out of work hours she’ll be mostly found in The Pond or working on some side-hustle; whisper it quietly, but she’s a secret workaholic and will one day run this city.
Ciaran O'Donnell, Finance Director
Ciaran is in charge of the PLATF9RM balance sheet and stops us spending all our money on plants and fancy upholstery. He lives on the Isle of Wight and his three children absorb most of his time. When he can get away he loves the outdoors and even once climbed Aconcagua, the highest point on Earth outside of the Himalayas. Puts that ‘long walk’ to Lewes you did last week in perspective…
Jo Royle, Director
Jo is owner of the biggest smile in PLATF9RM, and our master of projects. She’s a true people person and loves to hear the nitty-gritty of our members’ lives. Hang around Jo for long enough and she will almost certainly give you cake.
Louisa Kazig, Front of House
Louisa is no stranger to the world’s chicest cities. She’s Berlin born and bred, and has spent time living in Miami and Bali – but Brighton’s creativity, openness, and of course its trademark quirkiness has persuaded her to settle right here with us. She’s a lady of many talents. As well as being a fantastic member of our front of house team she has a designer role at Sussex University, and another at a London fashion magazine.
Jess McCleave, Front of House
Jess is Hove’s music maestro, lady of tours and all round chatterbox, whose front of house expertise was hard won as Simon Cowell’s personal assistant! When she’s not at PLATF9RM Jess is a fashion designer with her very own ethical label, ILK + ERNIE, which is proving popular with our members and beyond. Look out for her pieces being worn in our spaces!
George Kirkpatrick, Front of House
George has just moved to Brighton from London. He’s already enamored with the city’s independent vibe and the fact his tube-riding days are over. He’s just graduated in graphic design and, when he’s not locked onto his Mac, is pounding the streets in his running shoes.
Rebecca de Havas, Front of House
Half-Peruvian Rebecca studied illustration at the University of Brighton – putting her in good company in PLATF9RM! Her favourite illo projects have gothic or botanical themes, and she’s a not-so-secret stylist who loves styling clothes and sets on photoshoot collaborations. As Flour Pot alumni she’s also a very handy barista: get her on your Flat Whites and you’ll be in caffeine heaven.
Tom Palmer, Front of House
Tom first discovered his front of house flair as a theatre usher in Melbourne. Now, we’re the ones treated to a daily dose of his charm. Tom is fascinated by the two degrees of separation between everyone in Brighton… although it worries him that he can’t get away with anything here. (What are you hiding, Tom?)
Grace Church, Front of House
Grace recently graduated from mime school in Paris, since then she’s set up her own theatre company. When she’s not organising plays Grace is in PLATF9RM, looking after members and updating our Instagram Stories with ‘Gracecam’. It’s quite an insight.
Annie North, Location Co-ordinator
Brighton is sewn into Annie’s bones and she can’t imagine herself living anywhere else. She’s an aspiring playwright and theatre director and was part of the team behind 2018’s Brighton Fringe award-winning Love Letters To Rappers. She’s currently writing her own show and, when she’s not working on a future life in the theatre, is indulging her love of trashy pop culture. Whether it’s Gemma Collins, Nicholas Cage or Heat magazine, she’s your one-stop-shop for all that goss.
Lydia McAllister, Front of House
With her incredible repertoire of accents you might be hard pressed to know where Lydia comes from – but we can confirm she’s a Watford girl, tempted down south by the sea air and good vibes. When she’s not at PLATF9RM she’s a singer-song writer and session artist (who, by the way, once found herself on tour with Elton John!).
George Buko, Cleaner Guru
Is George PLATF9RM’s most popular man? Probably. When members first join they just assume George is part of the staff, as he knocks them sideways with that big Bulgarian grin. George’s company Acies keep PLATF9RM in the spotless state you’re accustomed to. Give him a chance and he'll astound you with his passion for the art of cleanliness.
The Drop Digital, Social Media Team
The lovely lot over at The Drop Digital have taken over our social media - they will be heading up our social strategy and planning schedules for our blogs, Twitter and Facebook. Neil and his trusty team - Alice and Abbie, are taking care of all those fun technical things, that we can only just grasp the use of when posting our occasional selfies/many photos of dogs.
Rose Radtke, The Voice
Whilst brand strategy and copywriting is Rose’s daytime profession, in the dark hours of the night she can be found feverishly typing away at her first novel. Check her internet history and you'll have a whale of a time — aside from daily doses of her all time favourite website, thesaurus.com, you’ll find Google searches like “do hens lay more than one egg a day?” and “husband calling contest in Iowa
David Hillier, The Other Voice
David is an award-winning freelance journalist best known for his coverage of festival and drug culture, and an enduring and much loved voice on PLATF9RM’s blog each month. His big dream is of interviewing Bruce Springsteen at his home for the New Yorker (David Remnick: just say the word). David is rarely seen without Clarence, one of PLATF9RM’s longest standing pups.