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

Tim Kelly – Chair

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

Jieying Liang

Jieying Liang is currently immersed in a Prof.Doc in Art and Design at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Her academic pursuits involve integrating contemporary art within community and urban spaces renewal. Jieying is a dedicated professional with over a decade of experience in airport advertisement design and management, as well as art curatorial project experience. She also has extensive project experience in transforming urban spaces into thriving hubs for creativity in Guangzhou, China.

John Edwards

John Edwards is an artist from South Wales who primarily works in oils and draws inspiration from the Baroque and Renaissance masters. He is also a chartered accountant with experience in the private, public and voluntary sector.

Michelle Coffey

A Swansea based HR generalist with a passion for people, particularly health & wellbeing, equality, diversity & inclusion and the arts. With almost 15 years’ experience in housing, and more recently as a HR consultant & trainer, supporting clients on their EDI journey.

Qualified to CIPD level 7 in HRM, level 5 in advanced leadership & management (ILM) & working towards level 5 CMI Managing EDI, always looking to learn & develop both personally & professionally.

When I’m not working, I enjoy walking with my dog, visiting art exhibitions & watching live music. It is through Elysium that I have developed a love for art, having been a visitor and supporter for over 10 years. It is great to have the opportunity to make a difference as a board member as they enter the next chapter.

Huw Edwards

Leila Bebb

Lynne Bebb

Taiwo Okeyene


Lucy Donald Education Officer

I am a free-lance artist and facilitator and have worked as part-time Education Officer at Elysium Gallery since 2017.

Throughout my career, I have worked in schools, colleges and galleries as artist in resident, teacher and educator.  I enjoy working with people of all ages and abilities, supporting them in their exploration of creativity and self expression. 

My art specialisms include cardboard sculpture, animation and video installation. I have an MA Fine Art from UWTSD. 

Scott Mackay Bar Manager

Scott has worked in a number of industries, from tree-felling to scuba diving as well as having occupied a host of less exciting positions. Hailing from Swansea, he was delighted to join the Elysium team as he is a massive advocate of the Swansea music & art scene, and is proud of the consistent and diverse events schedule we have developed over the past two years.

Hannah Harris – Bar/Gallery Assistant

Ellie Harris – Bar/Gallery Assistant

Cerys Thomas-Ford – Welsh Language Translator

Gemma Ellen Williams – Gallery Assistant

Phil Cheater – Graphic Design