Staff & Board Members

Operational Directors

Jonathan Powell

Co-founder Director of elysium gallery since 2007. Gallery manager, creative programmer and filling in funding applications. Artist (painter) graduated from Swansea College of Art BA & Masters. Interested in making Swansea a creative and exciting cultural hotbed of artists and activities that spread nationally and Internationally whilst bringing new audiences and creatives to Wales. I see the arts as a potent catalyst for positive change.

Daniel Staveley

Co-founder and director of elysium 2007.
Dan is concerned with the business development of elysium. He is responsible for the accounts sorting and allocation of both earned and grant income.

Dan has 15 years’ experience working as a commercial photography and 6 years running his own business. At present Dan is lecturing 3.5 days a week on the BA (hons) in photography Carmarthen College of Art with most of the modules based around enterprise and exit strategies.

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams became a volunteer at elysium gallery while studying for her MA degree in Photography at Swansea Metropolitan University (now UWTSD) and was there for 2 years before becoming a director in March 2010.

Sarah looks after the elysium website as well as covering marketing for upcoming exhibitions and events and helping with the set-up of shows.

Outside of elysium Sarah works at Swansea University in the Marketing Intelligence department.

Board of Directors

Amina Abu-Shahba

In my current role as Cultural Community Coordinator for Cultural Services I help to create creative opportunities and support local artistic and community networks. I co-produce a range of projects including visual and digital arts, creative writing, heritage inspired learning, exhibitions, and music/sound-based programmes. I am a qualified teacher but prefer a less formal approach, where learning is more reciprocal and diverse groups come together. It is important to me to support my local community and I try to live by a philosophy of non-harm to animals and the environment.  

Lisa De Benedictis

A trained lawyer, Lisa now works in communications, PR and marketing and has over 9 years’ experience of working in IP development and business development. She is also a published poet and writer.

Katherine Clewett

As Programme Director of the Art and Design Foundation Course at Swansa College of Art, UWTSD, I mentor emergent artists, encouraging them to
realise their potential and to discover their artistic voices. I am motivated to connect people; their stories, ideas, views and occupations. My reward is in provoking new journeys, and to watch
imaginations flourish.

Peter Finnemore

Peter Finnemore is an artist working within the broad practice of photographic art, including artists’ books, multi-media installation, curation, performance, and video.

His first major exhibition was in 1986, where he was selected for the New Contemporaries exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. He has since exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including, representing Wales at the 51st Venice Biennale (2005). Coinciding with a career as an Independent Artist, Finnemore’s experience includes a range of overlapping roles within artistic education throughout the UK.

David Harkness

I have a business background since 1979, in property renovation, development and management. Also, in building construction and specialist surveying. I have also been Chair and Director (separate rolls) of Swansea Samaritans for a Five-year period.

 Currently I am a Business Mentor and sit on a Business Launch Panel for the Princes Trust Charity.

Tim Kelly

I am an artist working in Swansea from the Elysium gallery studios in Orchard St. My practice includes drawing and mark making with paint and pigments.

I studied at Swansea Collage of Art for my MA fine art, graduated in 2014. I have 20 years’ experience as a social worker in London, Birmingham, and South Wales. I have worked for ten years as a support worker for people with mental health issues, homelessness and learning disabilities in South Wales.

In my arts practice, I am also working with individuals and communities to connect around art, as an agent of change. I have experience of providing support, advice and information to people who experience ‘need’. I have a commitment to diversity and inclusion and have supported communities in art and social care projects. I have experience working with people facing discrimination and am committed to challenging all forms of discrimination in both my work and art practice.

I have been on the board at Elysium since 2017

Rhian Stone

Rhian Wyn Stone is the Exhibitions & Retail Coordinator at Mission Gallery, Swansea. She is a maker who specialises in wirework, and her work can be seen in selected galleries across Wales and England. 

Daniel Trivedy

I am Swansea based multidisciplinary that makes art relating to belonging and citizenship. I have shown my work in solo and group shows both in the UK and abroad. In 2019 I was awarded the gold medal for fine art at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. My work is held in private and public collections, inclding the National Museum of Wales.

Since 2015 I have worked for the Arts Council of Wales on their ground-breaking creative learning programme. I am a passionate advocate for creative learning and have delivered training and talks nationally, and internationally. In 2019, I delivered creative learning training to staff at Agastya International Foundation, India.

For the past six years I have been a lecturer in Creativity and Contextual studies on the Art and Design Foundation course at Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen. I am particularly interested in how students synthesise theory with practice at Foundation level. In 2020 TES (Times Education Supplement) published an article titled ‘Why creativity means taking risks’ based on close to practice research I conducted in this role.


Kirsty Guise – Bar and front of house manager

Lucy Donald – Education Officer

Hannah Harris – Gallery Assistant

Elinor Harris – Bar Assistant

Cerys-Thomas Ford – Welsh Language Translator