MEET THE TEAM

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Kiran Johal
 

Event Manager

Kam Panesar
 

Arts and Exhibition Manager

Kiran has 7 years of event management experience and has completed her undergraduate degree in BA Hons Events Management at Staffordshire University.

She is established within the South Asian wedding industry as well as in the corporate sector. Kiran is a Senior Events Executive at French multi-national hospitality company Accor, where she is also the Birmingham culture and diversity champion at Accor. 

 

Kiran has been dancing the North folk art of Bhangra & Giddha since the age of ten from performing on many stages across the UK and taking her abroad. She teaches in many different sectors including education and the community with the elderly and young.

 

In 2017, Kiran took to the stage for the first time if representing her city Birmingham Placing with the top three, representing the West Midlands placing 15 out of 64 to then missing of one point in 2018 again at Miss Birmingham promoting and standing for her culture and promoting diversity through performing arts and community support.


@KIRANJJOHAL

Kam Panesar is originally from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. 
 

She completed her undergraduate degree in Design Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and continued to work for the arts sector in galleries around Wolverhampton. She went on to complete a MA in Museum Studies at Leicester University and has since worked in several museums abroad in addition to the UK.
 

Currently she is developing her own portfolio looking at patterns from around the world which are executed with an Asian theme, inspired by Asian fabrics and meticulous workmanship. 

Having over 10 years experience as an Art & Design specialist, she has created handmade items for bespoke wedding installations, interior projects on commission, upcycled jewellery and other items for retail purposes.

Her work has been sold across various galleries and creative outlets throughout the West Midlands and Midlands.

 


@KAM.ASTRID81 

Shay Grewal
 

Advocacy Director

Sim Sandhu
 

Literary Co-ordinator

Sim is the editorial assistant for Macmillan Children's Book 6+, focussing on YA fiction and poetry. She grew up in Dartford, Kent and went on to gain an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick. She's the Student Outreach and Inclusivity Officer for the London branch of the Society of Young Publishers and a proud Creative Access Alumni. 

 

A lover of spoken word poetry, a supporter of diverse children's literature and advocate for body neutrality, Sim lives as a property guardian in an old 20th-century warehouse and can often be found at her local vegan watering hole, with her nose in a book. 

@SIMKSANDHU

Sim is the editorial assistant for Macmillan Children's Book 6+, focussing on YA fiction and poetry. She grew up in Dartford, Kent and went on to gain an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick. She's the Student Outreach and Inclusivity Officer for the London branch of the Society of Young Publishers and a proud Creative Access Alumni. 

 

A lover of spoken word poetry, a supporter of diverse children's literature and advocate for body neutrality, Sim lives as a property guardian in an old 20th-century warehouse and can often be found at her local vegan watering hole, with her nose in a book. 

@SUNNYANDSHAY

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