Meet the Canvas community

We currently have three out of out of 18 desks available. You can meet some of our members, past and present here:

Louise Clifton  Invisible Grail  Louise is the Director of Marketing, Communications and Operations at a small professional development start-up for Higher Education called Invisible Grail. She took on this role in 2017, partnering with her former mentor to create a new organisation that champions the development of leadership narratives for people and their teams working in the university sector.

Louise Clifton
Invisible Grail
Louise is the Director of Marketing, Communications and Operations at a small professional development start-up for Higher Education called Invisible Grail. She took on this role in 2017, partnering with her former mentor to create a new organisation that champions the development of leadership narratives for people and their teams working in the university sector.

Steve Mannion  Ghost Food Productions  I am an expert visual designer and website maker with over eighteen years of experience. Recent work includes collaborating with communications agency EdComs on projects for BP, Public Health England and the Premier League. Ongoing projects of my own include At A Glance which brings collections of data together in categories such as Politics and Sport for greater convenience and analysis.

Steve Mannion
Ghost Food Productions
I am an expert visual designer and website maker with over eighteen years of experience. Recent work includes collaborating with communications agency EdComs on projects for BP, Public Health England and the Premier League. Ongoing projects of my own include At A Glance which brings collections of data together in categories such as Politics and Sport for greater convenience and analysis.

David Penn  David Penn - Art Direction  David Penn is a London-based Motion Graphic Director, Designer/Animator with over ten years' commercial experience. He has worked on projects spanning feature film (Guardians of the Galaxy, Ex Machina), broadcast (Comic Relief, How We Invented The World, Tails You Win, numerous title sequences), live shows (Take That, One Direction, Steve Coogan) and computer games (Harry Potter, Need For Speed). Clients include BBC, Sky, Discovery Channel, MTV, EA.

David Penn
David Penn - Art Direction
David Penn is a London-based Motion Graphic Director, Designer/Animator with over ten years' commercial experience. He has worked on projects spanning feature film (Guardians of the Galaxy, Ex Machina), broadcast (Comic Relief, How We Invented The World, Tails You Win, numerous title sequences), live shows (Take That, One Direction, Steve Coogan) and computer games (Harry Potter, Need For Speed). Clients include BBC, Sky, Discovery Channel, MTV, EA.

Lise Meyrick  Flying Leaf Associates  I’m a talented, results driven and flexible graphic designer with over 15 years experience in the design industry. I develop projects from inception through production to final delivery. A multi-tasking, smart-thinking, copy-loving creative specialising in developing and exploring ideas, weaving words and images into engaging narratives. I design everything from books to full branding briefs and art direct photo shoots for high-end brands like Shiseido and DALI speakers. e.

Lise Meyrick
Flying Leaf Associates
I’m a talented, results driven and flexible graphic designer with over 15 years experience in the design industry. I develop projects from inception through production to final delivery. A multi-tasking, smart-thinking, copy-loving creative specialising in developing and exploring ideas, weaving words and images into engaging narratives. I design everything from books to full branding briefs and art direct photo shoots for high-end brands like Shiseido and DALI speakers. e.

Noel Abrahams  The Cultural Me  I wish I had a better reason for starting up The Cultural Me, but I have had a love for books from an early age and once started writing a novel that is now gathering dust in a cardboard box… The Cultural Me helps you to learn to speak about the arts and culture so that you are never at a loss for words in social situations.

Noel Abrahams
The Cultural Me
I wish I had a better reason for starting up The Cultural Me, but I have had a love for books from an early age and once started writing a novel that is now gathering dust in a cardboard box… The Cultural Me helps you to learn to speak about the arts and culture so that you are never at a loss for words in social situations.

Chris Boyle McQuarry  Screenwriter | Actor | Yoga Teacher  Chris is an actor, screenwriter and yoga teacher. He has developed projects for Dream Works, Film 4, BBC Films and Pathé. His first feature, THE PILGRIMAGE, has been optioned by Michael Fassbender and DMC Film. He is working on various projects as well as teaching at Yoga Haven Clapham. Chris says 'I chose Canvas because I really needed to get out of the house and because it’s a lovely workspace with nice chilled people. I also admire the ethos of the company. Any profit generated by Canvas goes directly back into helping people out of homelessness. I’m happy to be part of that.'

Chris Boyle McQuarry
Screenwriter | Actor | Yoga Teacher
Chris is an actor, screenwriter and yoga teacher. He has developed projects for Dream Works, Film 4, BBC Films and Pathé. His first feature, THE PILGRIMAGE, has been optioned by Michael Fassbender and DMC Film. He is working on various projects as well as teaching at Yoga Haven Clapham. Chris says 'I chose Canvas because I really needed to get out of the house and because it’s a lovely workspace with nice chilled people. I also admire the ethos of the company. Any profit generated by Canvas goes directly back into helping people out of homelessness. I’m happy to be part of that.'

Victoria Laidler  Red House International  Victoria is a founder of Red House International, a boutique consultancy specialising in human capital and reward. She previously worked in HR for global hotel companies, with a focus on the Middle East and Africa, and started her career in London-based management consultancies. A globe-trotter by nature, Victoria has lived in the UK, The Netherlands, Oman, Western Australia and the UAE.

Victoria Laidler
Red House International
Victoria is a founder of Red House International, a boutique consultancy specialising in human capital and reward. She previously worked in HR for global hotel companies, with a focus on the Middle East and Africa, and started her career in London-based management consultancies. A globe-trotter by nature, Victoria has lived in the UK, The Netherlands, Oman, Western Australia and the UAE.

Greg Plumby Portable Pixels Ltd I founded Portable Pixels Ltd, a consultancy specialising in developing iPhone and Android apps. For example, I co-created Smoke Free, a smoking cessation app with over 5 million downloads. Previously, I was CTO at BeatThatQuote.com (sold to Google for £38M). I joined Canvas because I’ve been working at home for several years, and have exhausted the coffee shops of Balham - there is only so much smashed avocado on toast a person can eat….

Greg Plumby
Portable Pixels Ltd
I founded Portable Pixels Ltd, a consultancy specialising in developing iPhone and Android apps. For example, I co-created Smoke Free, a smoking cessation app with over 5 million downloads.
Previously, I was CTO at BeatThatQuote.com (sold to Google for £38M). I joined Canvas because I’ve been working at home for several years, and have exhausted the coffee shops of Balham - there is only so much smashed avocado on toast a person can eat….

Jeremy Emerson (Alumnus)  Emerson Design Studio  I'll be doing a wide variety of architectural design work, both independently and as a freelancer for other practices. I'm currently designing a new house on a hilltop in Nebraska, assisting with several house extensions in South London, and consulting on several very high-end residential projects around the world.

Jeremy Emerson (Alumnus)
Emerson Design Studio
I'll be doing a wide variety of architectural design work, both independently and as a freelancer for other practices. I'm currently designing a new house on a hilltop in Nebraska, assisting with several house extensions in South London, and consulting on several very high-end residential projects around the world.

Victoria Weavil  Victoria Weavil Translations & Editing  I’m a freelance translator and editor, working with a range of clients in the UK, France and Italy. I recently returned to the UK after a few years living in Paris, where I taught at universities and worked as a Writer/Editor for the Intangible Cultural Heritage Section of UNESCO. Since moving back, I have continued to work for UNESCO as an Individual Consultant. I am currently also translating an academic book from Italian, and undertake regular translation and editing projects for different clients, mostly in the academic field.

Victoria Weavil
Victoria Weavil Translations & Editing
I’m a freelance translator and editor, working with a range of clients in the UK, France and Italy. I recently returned to the UK after a few years living in Paris, where I taught at universities and worked as a Writer/Editor for the Intangible Cultural Heritage Section of UNESCO. Since moving back, I have continued to work for UNESCO as an Individual Consultant. I am currently also translating an academic book from Italian, and undertake regular translation and editing projects for different clients, mostly in the academic field.

Rob Sherali (Alumnus)  RRS - Product Development Analysts  My name is Rob Sherali, commander of the Armies of RRS IT Ltd, General of a Balham 1 bed basement and loyal servant to my current freelance client, Pfizer. Father to no one, yet. Boyfriend to a woman you don't know. And I will have my weekend, this week and the next. Primarily a Product Delivery consultant in the IT space. Since 2010 RRS has been mainly involved in setting up Teams Tools and Process and delivering IT solutions in a multitude of industries and organisation types. Looking for opportunities to work with other SME's that have problems need solving.

Rob Sherali (Alumnus)
RRS - Product Development Analysts
My name is Rob Sherali, commander of the Armies of RRS IT Ltd, General of a Balham 1 bed basement and loyal servant to my current freelance client, Pfizer. Father to no one, yet. Boyfriend to a woman you don't know. And I will have my weekend, this week and the next. Primarily a Product Delivery consultant in the IT space. Since 2010 RRS has been mainly involved in setting up Teams Tools and Process and delivering IT solutions in a multitude of industries and organisation types. Looking for opportunities to work with other SME's that have problems need solving.

Saira George (Alumna)  Former Strategy Consultant Saira is a former strategy consultant, who previously worked across the life sciences and sustainability sectors.  She now works on moving the global health agenda forward by improving access to medicines in low and middle income countries with The Clinton Health Foundation. Saira loves spinning, rollerblading (!), badminton, her dog Louie and Brixton!  Saira chose Canvas because it’s a great working space to get her head down to work, but look up and find herself surrounded by like minded professionals

Saira George (Alumna)
Former Strategy Consultant
Saira is a former strategy consultant, who previously worked across the life sciences and sustainability sectors.
She now works on moving the global health agenda forward by improving access to medicines in low and middle income countries with The Clinton Health Foundation. Saira loves spinning, rollerblading (!), badminton, her dog Louie and Brixton!
Saira chose Canvas because it’s a great working space to get her head down to work, but look up and find herself surrounded by like minded professionals

Olivia Hobbs (Alumna)  Blackstar London  Blackstar London is a Creative, Marketing & Digital Consultancy. We specialise in building authentic creative campaigns for artists, brokering partnerships, marketing & global digital strategy across both paid & social media, stakeholder & event management, creative & art direction.

Olivia Hobbs (Alumna)
Blackstar London
Blackstar London is a Creative, Marketing & Digital Consultancy. We specialise in building authentic creative campaigns for artists, brokering partnerships, marketing & global digital strategy across both paid & social media, stakeholder & event management, creative & art direction.

Tommo Greer (Alumnus)  Only Human Management  I am an independent music manager, 26 years old, living in Streatham. Only Human Management is an independent management company working with a select few artists with independent visions. We represent Loyle Carner, Rebel Kleff and Will Morgan.I chose Canvas because of it’s fantastic location, beautiful set up and reasonable rates. Working with Connection crew and being in the same building as so many good people is a big bonus.

Tommo Greer (Alumnus)
Only Human Management
I am an independent music manager, 26 years old, living in Streatham. Only Human Management is an independent management company working with a select few artists with independent visions. We represent Loyle Carner, Rebel Kleff and Will Morgan.I chose Canvas because of it’s fantastic location, beautiful set up and reasonable rates. Working with Connection crew and being in the same building as so many good people is a big bonus.