Promoting Creativity

Our Senior Team

  • Calum Sutton

    President & CEO

    Calum is a leading communications specialist, and has helped build prestigious global cultural brands. Prior to founding SUTTON he was Head of Communications for Charles Saatchi and the Saatchi Gallery, and worked at Tate Modern. Calum has a background in Art History with a degree from University College London followed by an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

  • Nadine Thompson

    Group COO

    Nadine’s expertise span communications, marketing, public affairs and business development and operations. After heading up Communications departments at Tate, the English National Opera and the Art Fund, Nadine was Managing Director of SUTTON in London for three years. Nadine graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art and holds a postgraduate diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

  • Trish O'Connor

    Managing Director

    Trish has a wealth of communications experience in the arts and culture sector. She was Head of Press at the Southbank Centre for nine years, joining to relaunch the Royal Festival Hall following its major transformation project. She directed the press team in raising the organisation’s profile as a world class cultural destination. Prior to that Trish was Head of Press at Tate and has worked at the V&A, English Heritage and Sotheby’s. She has a degree in History of Art from Leicester University.

  • David Field


    David oversees strategic communications campaigns for international clients across the commercial and not-for profit sectors, including museums, festivals, commercial galleries, performing arts and major global brands. David previously worked in the Press Office at the Royal Academy of Arts and graduated from the University of Reading with a BA in French and German.

  • Roxy Pennie


    Roxy has over a decade of experience in visual arts PR. She has worked closely with Spruth Magers gallery in London and Berlin for the past nine years, and recently led an international media campaign for the launch of the gallery’s new space in Los Angeles. Roxy worked with ART HK (Hong Kong International Art Fair) for four years, until Art Basel acquired a majority stake. She has since worked with Elizabeth Dee, on the inaugural edition of the Independent in Brussels, and continues to advise Masterpiece art fair in London. Further long-standing clients include the collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, art advisor Lisa Schiff and artist Marc Quinn. Before SUTTON, Roxy worked at Sotheby’s Press Office on international sales including Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, an auction of new work by Damien Hirst. Roxy graduated from University College London with BA Hons in History of Art. 

  • Jesse Ringham

    Director of Digital

    Jesse has experience from both the commercial and arts sector with a leading focus on digital. Jesse previously worked at Tate where he was responsible for transforming the organisation's digital engagement with wider audiences. He also oversaw their digital content commissioning and has spoken at a number of major international conferences. Prior to Tate, Jesse worked at Marks & Spencer, launching their global social media activity, and at Topman, managing their loyalty and CRM marketing. Jesse graduated from Central Saint Martins with BA Hons in Fine Art.

  • Catherine Sutton

    Director of Development

    Catherine is one of the original SUTTON team members. She has directed campaigns for MONA in Tasmania, the Art Fund and Louis Vuitton. Catherine now works on business development. Before joining SUTTON, Catherine held positions at the V&A and the Royal Academy of Arts. She has a BSc in Sociology from the University of Bristol.

  • Matthew Brown

    Associate Director

    Matthew directs international campaigns for clients including the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and Photo London, and led the team promoting the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016. Before joining SUTTON, Matthew worked with the architect Richard Rogers and for a performing arts organisation. Prior to this, he worked on the launches of Turner Contemporary and Firstsite, as well as redevelopment projects at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Holburne Museum, Bath. He holds an MA in Comparative Literature from UCL. 

  • Jenny McVean

    Associate Director

    Jenny has directed campaigns for Audemars Piguet, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Manchester Art Gallery and a number of Brazilian initiatives, including Latitude: Platform for Brazilian Art Galleries Abroad. She has also managed campaigns for select exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary and for the Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor. Jenny worked in her native Canada before relocating to London and joining SUTTON. She has a BA with Honours in History of Art from Queen’s University, Canada, and an MA in History of Art at University College London.

  • Rebecca Butler

    Associate Director

    Rebecca has directed campaigns for the relaunch of the Whitworth, Leighton House, Heathrow T2 and Hofesh Shechter Company. Prior to SUTTON, she worked with The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, York Theatre Royal, Shakespeare’s Globe, Donmar Warehouse, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Underbelly. Rebecca studied Journalism, Film and Broadcasting at Cardiff University, and regularly lectures on digital strategy.

  • Claire Owen

    Associate Director

    Claire directs high profile campaigns for clients including UBS. Prior to joining the SUTTON team, Claire worked for a PR agency on campaigns for commercial art galleries, antique dealers, art fairs, museums, design clients and luxury brands, including Masterpiece London, COLLECT, Burlington Arcade and Philip Mould. Claire holds an MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and an undergraduate degree in Geography and Economics from the University of St Andrews.

  • Juan Sanchez

    Senior Account Director

    Juan leads a team on international campaigns for museum, gallery and art fairs. Before SUTTON, Juan directed campaigns for Sydney Biennial, Manifesta, ARCOmadrid, Sp-Arte and the National Gallery of Canada amongst others. Previously Juan worked on cultural projects for the United Nations in his native Colombia. He has a BA in Political Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the University of Los Andes in Bogota, and MA in Marketing and Communications from The University of the Arts, London. Juan is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

  • Melissa Emery

    Senior Account Director

    Melissa has directed campaigns for Sprüth Magers, David Roberts Art Foundation and the Pavilion of Chile at the Venice Biennale. Before SUTTON, Melissa held positions at The Museum of Everything, Tate and Museum 52. Melissa graduated from University College London with a BA Hons degree in History of Art and Italian.

  • Rachel John

    Senior Account Director

    Rachel works on campaigns for the Syngenta Photography Award and Masterpiece London. Before joining the SUTTON team, she worked for a PR agency on campaigns including Sarah Lucas at the British Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Art Brussels and The Hepworth Wakefield. Rachel graduated from Warwick University with a BA in History of Art.

  • Sam Talbot


    Sam directs major campaigns and advises clients on brand positioning and strategy. He has worked with art fairs, biennales, festivals, commercial galleries, museums and not for profit organisations. Previously, Sam worked for a PR agency, handling international press for Frieze London, and in 2012 he was part of the team that launched Frieze Masters. Sam holds a History of Art & Design degree from Manchester Metropolitan University.