Laura Marziale

Founder and Director

Laura worked for 9 years at the Migrants Resource Centre where she was responsible for the community education and employability service. She also worked for 2 years (finishing in July 2016) at Action for Refugees in Lewisham managing a supplementary school for children aged 4 to 11. She worked at Renaisi as Community Inclusion Service Delivery Manager supporting a team of bilingual parent advisors working in different schools in Islington and Hackney. She founded Creating Ground CIC in May 2016 with the vision of promoting cross-cultural awareness, learning and sharing across different communities in South East London through arts and educational projects.


Yewande Osinfolarin

Project Officer/Workshops Co-facilitator

Yewande is originally from Nigeria where she studied Economics and had her teaching practice. She moved to London in 2007 to undertake a Masters Degree in Business and Financial Economics at the University of Greenwich. She worked as a finance officer and in different customer care positions before joining Creating Ground as a volunteer. She is currently co-facilitating the parents' forums at Action for Refugees in Lewisham and my creative skills workshops at the Creating Ground's office.


Anna Merryfield

Freelance Researcher and Project Officer

Anna has several years experience working in the social sector. She is interested in participant-led practice and previously worked with under-served communities to create engaged, reflective journalism, overseeing the publication of four community newspapers. She was made UK Ambassador for the Engaged Journalism Accelerator in 2019. Anna has experience working as a workshop facilitator, social researcher and documentary filmmaker. Through her Social Anthropology degree, Anna has developed an ethical methodology for working with people to tell their stories, she is an alumnus of the Worthwhile Graduate Scheme for young people seeking a career in social impact.

Since going freelance in 2020 Anna has worked on a mix of projects, with a focus on participant-led research and storytelling.

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Rose Knight

Project Officer

Rose has several years experience in the charity sector, both internationally and in the UK, in both paid and voluntary roles. She graduated from the University of Bristol with a BA hons in Drama, where she developed a passion for filmmaking and production, particularly in a global context. This led to travelling to some very remote areas in Asia and Africa to produce some short films as personal projects, as well as to teach English. She has also worked as a global Openings Manager for a restaurant group, where she gained experience managing and training multicultural teams in Kuwait, Dubai, Sweden, New York, and across the UK. She currently works at Kelly's Cause Foundation, a charity delivering Mental Health First Aid training to those working in the hospitality industry. She is an encouraging and inclusive facilitator and trainer whose methods incorporate drama techniques and who is driven by empowering others. 


Olga Loza

Graphic Designer

Olga is working on a PhD at the University of St Andrews, studying graduate recruitment and the labour market, with a focus on how recruitment processes perpetuate and entrench inequality. Occasionally, she writes on issues surrounding feminism, academia, and activism. She has worked on several print publications as a creative director, illustrator, and layout designer; she’s interested in using illustration and design as a means to foster communication, connection, and inclusion and believes in the power of visuals to bridge divides and address misunderstandings.

Thanks to all our previous employees, volunteers and interns who are still an essential part of our team: 

Marina D'Arco, Freelance Facilitator 

Jamillah Yakubu, Business Development and Marketing Officer

Matilde Spoldi, Freelance Mentor/Tutor​

Alev Kayagil, Projects Assistant

Davide Schirru, Erasmus Intern

Antonella Calarco, Erasmus Intern