Andrea Hallam, Executive Director
Raised in Alliston, Ontario, Andrea attended Queens University, where she completed her first year of study at the International Study, Herstmonceaux Castle, in East Sussex, UK. During her time as a student Andrea participated in the Iklania Archaeological Project dig in Pylos Greece. She graduated in 2004 with a BAH in Classical Studies, and an International Studies Certificate. Her studies then took her back to the UK where she completed her Masters in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Manchester, publishing a thesis on “International Cooperation as a means to ceasing illicit trade”. Andrea then began her career in Scotland where she took a position with the Scottish Museums Council funded by the Scottish Executive on an initiative to coordinate the collections and develop workforce training opportunities for 23 museums and galleries in the Tayside Region of Scotland. In this position she implemented the Scottish Collections Managers Forum, and developed the first professional exchange program with the National Museums of Scotland for those in the Tayside Region. Andrea is thrilled to be the first Executive Director of the London Heritage Council, and is thoroughly enjoying life in London.
Dhira Ghosh, Events Coordinator
Dhira has been a London resident since 2001 and previously worked in various event management, culture and diversity related programs at the London Regional Children's Museum. She has also worked as a certified interpreter for Across Languages and planned and executed several community events in London. Dhira was born in India, and immigrated to Canada with her husband and son. She holds a masters degree in history from Delhi University and has worked in schools in India and Nepal, where along with her usual teaching duties, she was involved in some event planning and execution as well. She is very excited to be part of the London Arts Council and London Heritage Council team as the Events Coordinator. Dhira has a passion for events, culture and diversity and has worked with a number of ethnic based cultural organizations, creating a fantastic group of connections and friends. If you've met Dhira, you know she passionately believes in cultural inclusivity and works hard to ensure it.
Kristin Holbrook, Operations Coordinator
Hailing from nearby Forest, Ontario, Kristin's nickname was “Chatterbox” and having honed the gift of gab at a young age, this soon transformed into a passion for writing. Kristin studied Print Journalism at Loyalist College in Belleville and Corporate Communications & Public Relations at Fanshawe College in London. Both courses contributed greatly to Kristin’s enthusiasm for writing, editing and social media and allowed her internship and work opportunities at The Lakeshore Advance Newspaper, Pinery Provincial Park, Make A Wish Southwestern Ontario and the Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board. Kristin joined the London Arts Council team as Operations Assistant and was promoted to Communications Coordinator for the London Arts Council and London Heritage Council after the two teams shifted into a shared space. Most recently, Kristin has taken on the Operations Coordinator position and acts as the "central hub" for the Councils... if you have a question, just ask! On a personal note, Kristin is a self-proclaimed Caesar aficionado with a knack for word puzzles and slight obsession with all things Rod Stewart. She is proud to be an overindulgent kitten mommy (not to be confused with Cat Lady!) and is happily engaged and living in London with her high school sweetheart.
Catherine McInnes, Museum School Coordinator
Rebekah Morrison-Wize, Development Coordinator