THE TEAM

PLATF9RM is a creative business community with an awesome, talented team at its heart. They make everything tick and help craft the unique atmosphere that exists between these walls.

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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Olga Hopton

General Manager

Olga is the glue (and nails and sellotape) that holds PLATF9RM together. If there’s something broken and she can’t fix it, well, not even Nick Knowles could. She loves a wine but balances this with a love for Military Fitness classes, and secretly loves reading legal documents, research papers and all the things that send us mortals to sleep.

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Jessica Samson

Membership Assistant - Tower Point

Jess has lived in Brighton for three years but will always be a Yorkshire girl. She loves a gin and, when she’s not knocking back the Mother’s Ruin, indulges her secret passion for weddings- she can’t walk past an issue of Martha Stewart Weddings without having a nose.. She’s currently single too; lads, form a queue.

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Seb Royle

Founder

Seb may be from Scotland but considers himself a fully-fledged Brightonian after living here for five 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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Leanne Doutré

Location Manager - Tower Point

Leanne looks after everyone’s memberships and, though she’s a Worthing girl, Brighton’s vibrancy and open-mindedness keeps her coming back every day. (As does, uhm, her job.) She’s a 90s child and a willing slave to the spontaneous weirdness of internet culture: cut her open and she’ll bleed memes.

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Kerry Lockwood

Membership Assistant - Hove Town Hall

Kerry is that smile you’ll see when you walk through the door, and is running the show at our new Hove Town Hall site. Her background is in Fashion Design and she makes her own clothes in her spare time; that’s when she’s not indulging her new found love of botany. On days off she’ll be found perusing garden centres and furthering her desire to become Brighton’s very own plant whisperer.

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Emilie Lashmar

Membership Manager

Membership chief and avid dog lover; spend any time with Emilie and it’s clear that she knows every man, woman and pooch in Brighton. She’s a lightning rod for the city’s creative population, her appreciation for which is only matched by her love of flamboyant shirts. If lost, can normally be found in the Bee’s Mouth.

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Jo Royle


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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Abby Moreton

Partnerships

Abby is behind PLATF9RM’s partnerships and runs her own Pilates class in the office. She’s also a qualified Personal Trainer and Spin teacher and loves nothing more than going for a stomp over the South Downs. She might be a fitness fiend, but she also loves a day carousing around Brighton’s bars and eateries: catch her at the Cocktail Shack after dark.

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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.

Extended Family

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George Buko

Cleaner Guru

PLATF9RM ’s most popular man, when most people first join they just assume George is part of the staff. Not only is he always around and generally helping out, but he seems to know everyone. George’s company Acies keep PLATF9RM in the spotless state you’re accustomed to and, if you give him a chance, will astound you with his passion for the art of cleanliness.

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Amy Brown

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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David Hillier + CLARENCE

Content Guy

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.