THE TEAM

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!

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Seb Royle

Founder

Seb may be from Scotland but considers himself a fully-fledged Brightonian after living here for six 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.

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Emilie Lashmar

Creative Director

Emilie is the day-to-day captain keeping the PLATF9RM ship on its righteous course. A lightning rod for the city’s creative population, spend any time with her and it’s clear she knows every man, woman and pooch in Brighton. If lost, can normally be found in the back room of the Bee’s Mouth.

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Ivan Woodward

Project Manager

After 18 years in Birmingham, Ivan arrived in Brighton in summer 2018. He’s our Project Manager for Ground Floor at Hove Town Hall and is already living up to his previous nickname – Super Sorter – for his exceptional strength in the battle against inefficiency. Don’t find it odd if you often catch him staring at the sky. He was a pilot in a previous life and can’t help but look wistfully at passing planes!

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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!

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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 Doutre, 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 history documentary binge and, if you give her a pint and a bar stool, will admonish you with knowledge for hours on end.

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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.

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Kerry Lockwood

Locations Manager

Kerry keeps the wheels turning at both PLATF9RM sites and in the battle for smiliest staff member – a hotly contested category – she comes first by the smallest of margins. Her background is in fashion and she’ll spend her free time making her own threads. She’s also PLATF9RM’s resident Instagram influencer; she’s bashful about it but her pictures are a wonderland of exquisitely framed interior shots and oh-so-cute captions.


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Matt Miller

Membership Assistant

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.


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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…

 
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Annie Roberts

Front of House

Annie has been in Brighton for five years now and loves the city’s DIY music scene. She plays guitar and sings, and soon you’ll see her bands hitting the city’s less salubrious venues! When she’s not playing you’ll find her writing music features for Brighton’s most celebrated online publications. She’s also hugely into drag culture; whether it’s queens or princes, the weird or wonderful, it’s most definitely her vibe. She’s in the right town!


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Jo Royle

Projects

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.

 
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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. On his (tentative) to-do list for this year are two things: complete a half marathon, and start a band that’ll write theme tunes for movies without a theme tune. We believe in you, George!

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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.




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Amy Brown

Front Of House & Resident Artist

Amy is PLATF9RM ’s resident artist and all round creative priestess. She’s an ever-present at our Socials and her pom-pom workshops are the perfect way to get everyone’s tongues wagging. She loves the creative scene in Brighton and she runs her own events through her CULT MILK collective. Owner of the city’s most distinctive laugh.

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Jess McCleave

Front Of House

Jess moved to Brighton in March 2017 and immediately fell in love with its community spirit …and the fact she never has to get public transport! Outside of being a Front Of House superstar, she runs her own ethical fashion label: Ilk and Ernie. Most Januarys find her jetting to India in search of inspirations and suppliers. Like anyone with some serious side hustle, she finds it both exhausting and rewarding: fortunately, her love for Brighton’s cosy pubs keep her relaxed when it all gets too much…

Extended Family

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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.

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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.

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David Hillier & Clarence

The Voice

David is a writer who does the words for PLATF9RM ’s site, blogs and communications. He swore he’d never start writing about himself in the third person and he’s not about to start now.