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Our Team


Laura Marziale

Founder & 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

Non-Executive Director


Originally from Lagos State, Nigeria, Yewande moved to London in September 2007 to undertake a masters degree in Business & Financial Economics at the University of Greenwich. She met Laura at Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL), and soon after became a volunteer at Creating Ground in 2016. 

In her role as a Non-Executive Director, Yewande looks forward to ensuring the success and progress of Creating Ground, providing a balance of skills and experience that is appropriate for the development of the women, organisation and the community. She believes the core strength of Creating Ground is the wonderful relentless hard work of the various talents in the organisation.

Her favourite creative activity at Creating Ground was t-shirt making and making beaded jewellery. 


Khadidja Adimi

Non-Executive Director & Freelance Project Officer


Khadidja came from Algeria to the UK in 2012, and her first session with Creating Ground was in March 2018.


As a Non-Executive Director she hopes to make Creating Ground bigger and stronger. Bigger by having more funding and dealing with different subjects to not only give women skills, but to create job opportunities for women. She believes complicity, connection, understanding and feeling about each other, are at the core of Creating Ground. 


She is always happy and excited to learn from others but particularly enjoys sharing her cooking skills and seeing how happy it makes the group makes her feel honoured to be able to provide something useful and that can be repeated.


Paulina Tamborrel

Non-Executive Director


For the past few years Paulina has been a community organiser in South London, but she started her career in Mexico as a textile designer. She set up an ethical brand and worked with emerging artists and a series of suppliers to bring meaning and ethics to the clothes we wear. However, her desire to make a sharper and more effective difference in the life of those around her led her to Citizens UK, a community organising charity. Through her role as organiser, she came across Creating Ground. For almost two years she worked with the Creating Ground community in identifying the injustices that caused us pain, and the opportunities and leadership potential that lay before us. 


As a Non-Executive Director she is excited to contribute her skills, time and energy to grow and strengthen Creating Ground. She believes that the women that make up Creating Ground and the kindness and ethos of the organisation is Creating Ground's greatest strength. 


She loves painting and how after some quick innocent brushstrokes the whole picture can change and you can go from nothing to everything in just moments.


Anna Merryfield

Freelance Participatory Filmmaker

Anna is a freelance documentary filmmaker and participatory film facilitator. She has worked with Creating Ground to run co-produced film workshops, including teaching camera and interviewing skills and supporting the production of Light The Way, made by members of the Stronger Together Leaders. She is co-author of the online toolkit From Contributors to Co-producers: a guide to participatory production, published by award winning production company, On Our Radar. Anna’s background is in engaged community journalism. She previously oversaw the production of four print local newspapers across London.


Rose Knight

Freelance Project Officer


Rose has several years experience in the charity sector, both internationally and in the UK. 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. Most recently, she was COO 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. 


Lydia Powell

 Freelance Project Officer & History Project Facilitator


Lydia recently finished her Masters in Migration and Global Development at Sussex University, where she did a placement with Creating Ground to write her dissertation while facilitating last year’s My Creative Skills sessions. Before that, she studied History at King’s College, assisted with community workshops in London museums and spent a year learning Spanish while travelling across Spain and Peru. She loves working with Creating Ground because every member has such creative ideas to make change happen, and it’s such a positive place to be! Lydia is a skilled workshop facilitator and also experienced in qualitative social research methods. She is particularly interested in creative, participatory projects connected to history, incorporating marginalised narratives and different languages.

Our Advisory Board

Comprised of current members, past members and faithful supporters of Creating Ground.

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“Creating Ground has played such a positive and pivotal role in my life for the last few years, and long may it continue!"

(Advisory Board member, 2023)

Our Freelance Artists

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Erene Kaptani

Freelance Theatre Artist & Dramatherapist


Dr Erene Kaptani is an anthropologist, participatory performance artist and dramatherapist with expertise in participatory performance as a social research method for academic research,

community building and public impact. She currently works as community dramatherspist in NHS. She employs narrative and movement-based methods inspired by physical, playback and forum theatre.

She has been a member of Playback South Theatre Company and devised performances at Studio Upstairs wellbeing community. She devised Suspended Lives

and ‘Me I just put British’ plays about the hostile UK environment with Rich Mix and Tara Arts. Forthcoming contributions see Critical Social Policy: Forum Theatre as Living Activism, 2023.


Rachel Griffiths

Freelance Theatre Artist, Facilitator & Coach


Rachel Griffiths is a freelance theatre artist, facilitator and coach who uses theatre practice to enable individuals and communities to make change.  

She has over 25 years experience in participatory arts and theatre for social change, including work in schools, with migrant and pavement-dwelling women in London and India; with girls rescued from sex trafficking and forced marriage; and people across London campaigning for the Living Wage.

Rachel is an active member of Lambeth Citizens, and the co-founder of Herne Hill Welcomes Refugees.  She speaks and writes on her work at the intersection of faith, art and hope.


Rachel is working on her second project with Creating Ground. In 2021 she co-created their online performance, “The Shoe Shop”, highlighting and campaigning for change in the issues of temporary accommodation in South East London.

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Lucie Vyhnálková

Freelance Artist & Creative Facilitator 


Lucie is from the Czech Republic, moved to London 14 years ago and stayed here. She is working as an ESOL teacher and community organiser in Greenwich with English for Action. She likes art, history and the history of art. She first met Laura through Citizens UK in 2019.


She started coming to creative skills sessions at Creating Ground when her daughter was a baby and learned a lot and made good friends while participating in various activities and projects since then.

She would like to be a snail if she could be anything from the natural world. She just likes them, the shape of their shells. She likes that they don't have to rush anywhere and if necessary they can find shelter in their house. She thinks of herself as a bit of a slow introvert herself.


Rebekka Hölzle

Freelance Music & Creative Facilitator


Rebekka has been a researcher, activist, community organiser and creative practitioner in the migrant justice sector for many years.


She is currently doing a PhD at Birkbeck University London, creatively exploring the everyday resistance practices of migrant women with precarious immigration status and ’no recourse to public funds'. In her work she is applying feminist, decolonial theories alongside participatory, creative, music and arts-based methodologies to collectively re-imagine beyond Europe’s contemporary deadly border regimes.


Luca Silvestrini

Freelance Dance Director


Luca Silvestrini is founder and Artistic Director of award-winning Protein, one of the most distinctive voices in British dance theatre. He is known for his unique style combining choreography, spoken word, humour and social commentary to present the everyday in revealing and subversive ways, on- and off-stage.

Through the Real Life Real Dance programme, Protein has created ground-breaking participatory performance opportunities for disadvantaged and disengaged people in alternative provision schools, care homes, hospitals and refugee centres.

Luca has won a Jerwood Choreography Award, a Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award, The Place Prize Audience Award and received a Rayne Fellowship. He has recently been awarded the prestigious Premio della Critica by the Italian Associazione Nazionale Critici di Teatro, The Stage Award 2022 for Community Project of the Year and Innovation in Dance Award at the One Dance UK Awards 2024. Protein is an Artistic Resident Company at Woolwich Works, London and Luca is an Affiliate Artist at The Place, London.

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