Create London announces the appointment of six new Trustees

Thursday, 25 August 2022

We are immensely proud of the high-quality applications from outstanding individuals we have received through an open call process. Join us in welcoming the newly appointed Trustees who will play a crucial role in shaping the future of Create London and driving our mission forward. 

Sannan Pervaiz

Climate Change & Security Advisor | NATO

About Sannan Pervaiz

Sannan is an experienced policy professional advising NATO on Climate Change & Security challenges impacting the Alliance.  Prior to this, Sannan was based at the Prime Minister’s Office & the Cabinet Office in Whitehall – leading on business engagement strategies and advising Ministers on how to bring government, business and civil society together to address some of the most prominent socio-economic issues impacting the country.

Sannan is passionate about policy, as well as economic and sustainability issues and has further led a flagship careers programme for a New York-based charity in the UK; providing educational support and career access to young people from underserved communities and lower socio-economic families.  

Sannan said:

‘I am excited to join the talented Board at Create London and continue to deliver on the organisation’s mission in connecting closely with our communities through purposeful and ambitious art.’

Sarah Mann

Arts and Culture Manager | HS2

About Sarah Mann

Sarah is an experienced commissioner and curator who specialises in building programmes and partnerships in the arts. She is currently working as part of the HS2 Arts and Culture Team to deliver major public art commissions and participatory programmes alongside the construction of Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

Previously, she was Head of Programmes at the Design Council and the Director of the Architecture, Design Fashion team at the British Council where she was the commissioner for the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and was responsible for the strategy and creative direction of a range of intercultural programmes and showcases. Sarah is also a board member at the University of the Underground and Design Cana campaign to diversify the design industry and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Sarah said:

‘I am really honoured to be joining the team as a Trustee, helping to shape Create’s future at such an exciting time for the organisation.  Create’s work is an exemplar of the positive impact that can be achieved by building partnerships between communities and artists in our towns and cities.’

Vivian Chan

Executive Director, CEO and Co-founder | SPARROW

About Vivian Chan

Currently the Executive Director, CEO & Co-founder of Sparrow (formerly Sparrho), Vivian has been selected and awarded a number of honours including being invited as a Keynote speaker at the Mobile World Congress, featured by The Guardian as one of the top “10 under 35 changing the world”, Top 35 under 35 by MIT Tech Review, invited twice by EU Commission to address ministers on the importance of Open Data for innovation (alongside Bill Gates), was also previously part of the Digital Economy Advisory Group for the UK government.

Vivian completed her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, after spending a year working in a venture fund in Australia. Deep experience in the startup/fundraising/investment world as a CEO, Board Director, founder and advisor for diverse startups.

Vivian said:

‘Very much looking forward to joining the Board at Create to further empower & benefit local communities through innovative art & architecture’

Carey Robinson

Head of Education |

About Carey Robinson

Carey Robinson is Head of Education at the South London Gallery, leading the strategic delivery of an expansive programme of creative learning opportunities for young people, schools and communities across the gallery’s three sites. Previously she has held curatorial and creative producer roles at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Tate, and The Courtauld. She is currently a trustee at A New Direction.

Carey said:

“Create London have long sought to catalyse new and dynamic relationships between artists, people and place in ways that invite us to collectively explore who we are, how we live, and the challenges of our times. Such a collaborative approach enables us to discover the interconnections between us which is very powerful. I’m honoured to be joining the board of trustees at this time.”

Ilona Harris

Head of Commercial |

Ilona has spent the majority of her professional life in the arts and culture sector. She has worked for organisations that have contributed hugely to the cultural landscape in the UK and abroad. She has been responsible for creating partnerships between the corporate and art world which she believes have created not only great art, but added precious value to the communities they serve.

Ilona originally studied Fine Art and French and knew that she wanted to work in the art world but not as a practising artist. When pushed, she told her dad on the eve of graduation that she wanted to be the Director of Tate. She didn’t, but back then jobs in the art world weren’t a known entity. Since then, Ilona has seen first-hand the passion and dedication that abounds in the arts sector, working for English National Opera, The Royal Opera House and Tate.

Currently, she is Head of Commercial for the Weald & Downland Living Museum in West Sussex, an educational charity that represents the history of rural communities of the past 1,000 years with a designated collection of historic buildings and artefacts at its heart.

Ilona lives in Arundel, West Sussex with her husband, Paul, and two small girls, Alba and Ivy.

Ilona said:

‘I’m delighted to be joining the board at Create. Bringing art out into the public space is really exciting and doing so in a way that works with and for communities is even more so. Create is a catalyst for dynamic, original and thought-provoking work and I look forward to playing a part in its future. ‘ 

Councillor Rosalind Doré


Rosalind said:

‘Create London have been at the forefront of some of the most exciting and innovative cultural developments in our Borough. I am very much looking forward to working with the Board to develop new ideas and projects which empower local communities’