Izzy Bianchini

Programme Development Manager

Izzy has a BA in Music and Italian from the University of Sussex and a master in Applied Anthropology and Youth and Community Work at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is committed to youth empowerment and activism through the arts. As Programme Development Manager, she seeks funding for cross arts projects and has a strategic role in developing partnerships that create an enriched and inclusive arts education offer at CMA. She also delivers workshops with young people through programmes such as Girlhood and the Croydon Youth Arts Collective and leads on our annual Youth Arts Takeover event. Izzy is a keen piano player and a gospel fan.

Izzy Fixter

Business Development Manager

Izzy has a BA (Hons) in Politics and Law from the University of Exeter and an LLB from the University of Law. Having lived and grown up in Croydon, Izzy progressed through all of the CMA groups on the cello before leaving for University so has seen first-hand the benefits that come from the services provided. As Business Manager, Izzy runs the CMA office and keeps an eye on the comings and goings of all our peripatetic instrumental/vocal teachers. Izzy’s favourite part of working for CMA is being able to watch the progression of students through their musical journey and the enjoyment they receive with the support of their teachers.



Development Officer

Singing, playing the Flute and the Piano are Charlene’s pride and joy. She is a 2015 Graduate of Music from Goldsmiths, University of London and has a keen interest in providing Music and Arts to as many people as possible. As part of the Croydon Music and Arts team, Charlene thoroughly enjoys helping to run the Student Council. She finds it very informative and believes that the members who attend our centres should have a chance to share their opinions and thoughts.


Charlotte Wilson

Development Officer

Charlotte has a BA in Photography from the University of Brighton. She is interested in the therapeutic impact the arts often have, particularly for young people. She is committed to exploring how visual arts can be accessed and utilised by everyone, particularly by groups who traditionally do not engage with this art form. At CMA, she enjoys working with Croydon Youth Arts Collective and leading on visual arts projects, from facilitating workshops to curating exhibitions. You’ll also often find her photographing CMA events. Charlotte has a passion for live music and festivals covering many genres.


Cherilyn Yeates

Development Officer

Cherilyn graduated from the University of Creative Arts in 2015, specialising in graphic design and film. She loves to explore social issues through film, illustration and writing poetry. Cherilyn has always enjoyed working and volunteering with young people and came to CMA from an independent production house, producing films for social impact. She believes that artistic expression is essential for personal growth and happiness, and is excited to be part of an organisation that provides young people with the opportunity to engage in creative projects. Cherilyn is keen to dedicate her career to giving everyone the chance to develop themselves creatively and to cultivate these skills to make the world a better place.


Rachel Gaisie

Community Arts Apprentice

Rachel has enjoyed a history of working with young people and has always used music as a vehicle to interact with people from all walks of life.  She is passionate about combining her love for music and young people with her knowledge of public health in the future. She hopes to use a platform in youth work to promote healthy life choices through unique creative mediums.

Ainat Richards

Community Arts Apprentice

Ainat is one of Croydon Music and Arts’ apprentices who joined after completing sixth form. Growing up, she has always wanted to pursue a career in the creative industry and she intends to use her time working with us to figure out her next steps. Her passion for the arts has sparked her curiosity in trying different art forms like photography, drawing and acting but, she always gravitates back towards singing and performing. She looks forward to participating in the development of the different events that CMA will hold in the future for the youth in Croydon and learning a variety of skills which she will help her in her future ventures.


Luke Gibbons

Instrument Catalogue Assistant

Luke joined Croydon Music and Arts team after undertaking his work experience with the office for two weeks. He learns Euphonium with CMA and takes part in Tuesday and Friday night centres. Luke helps with the instrument catalogue and the CMA hire service.