Welcoming New Staff

April 26, 2018

Over the past month we've welcomed some wonderful and individually talented creatives to the SketchBetter team. Here's a little about our new team members.


​​Helen Coyston - Creative Assistant


Helen Coyston is our new Creative Assistant. As an experienced theatre designer and maker of costumes and props Helen leads on our displays, exhibitions and performance designs. From youth theatre to outdoor devised productions she has years of experience managing projects and people alongside designing and is always looking to push the boundaries of what theatre can be. Recent projects have included work for: Hull Truck Theatre, The Almeida Young Company, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Scene & Heard. See more of her work at www.helencoyston.com



Alicia Gradon - Art Teacher


Alicia is a KS1 Art Teacher at SketchBetter. Alicia specialises in graphite drawing and creative writing, focusing on nature and mixing the real and imaginary together in new ways. She has worked and exhibited across London after finishing her BA in Fine Art as well working in Canada and India. She recently worked as an Artist in Residence and Art Teacher at Upton House School in Windsor. 


See her portfolio at www.aliciagradon.com



Jo Beattie - Art Teacher


With over 15 years of industry experience as a Graphic Designer and Art Director, Jo joins SketchBetter as an Art & Design Club Leader. With expertise in typographic treatment and print processes, magazine design and direction, Jo has worked for Harrods, The Independent, The Sunday Times and The Sunday Times Magazine. Jo is currently training with SketchBetter and is running our new KS1 Art Club at the Parish CoE School in Bromley. 


Jo has recently launched a campaign about Creativity in Education, join her at twitter.com/MyCreativeTribe


Nicoleta Papaxenophontos - Textiles Assistant


Illustration graduate and Cypriot Nicoleta Papaxenophontos joins SketchBetter as our Textiles Teaching Assistant. Since graduating from Brighton University Nicoleta has been working as a Teaching Assistant with Artyfacts, supporting afternoon arts club for children aged 4-10 years old. She has also been interning with Photoworks, the UK’s leading development agency dedicated to photography.


See her portfolio at www.instagram.com/nicoletapapillustration


Zoe Scammell - Art Teacher


Zoe joins us as a KS2 Art Teacher. As an experienced illustrator, Zoe is fascinated by natural history and the bizarre relationships between animals and humans, from space dogs to cat weddings. As an artist educator Zoe has worked with and run her own art classes with institutions such as The Wallace Collection, The Saatchi Gallery and The Mascalls Gallery, Richmond Art School and The Pallant House Gallery.​ 


See her portfolio of work at www.zoescammell.com



Emma Berry - Policy & Curriculum Writer


Emma graduated from Goldsmiths College with a BA in Design. She brings nine years’ teaching experience, from tough inner city schools to some of the highest achieving schools in the country, spanning state, grammar and private sectors. 


As well as a Subject Leader for Design and Technology with schools including the Tiffin Girls' School and Dulwich College, Emma's industry experience includes sustainable design and exhibition curation for venues across the UK and in China, for the London Design Festival and the British Council among others. Emma is a writer and editor for multi-award-winning educational publishing company, PG Online, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.