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The TMS Team

We're a small but dedicated team of practicing creatives. All members of the team work part time to run the School, its postgraduate courses, studios, facilities, events, exhibitions and workshops. Explore this page to find out more about our staff and their practices, and get in touch with us if you want to chat.

Uwe Derksen


Over 25 years of experience in education, developing entrepreneurship programmes for students and adult learners in the community and the creative sector. Former member of the Board of Governors at the University for the Creative Arts and Assistant Director for Research of the University for the Creative Arts. Before then Assistant Director of the Centre for Enterprise and Business Development and Director of e-Novate Consultancy Ltd. Initiator and founding member, Director and Board Director of The Margate School.​

Jenny Duff

Marketing & Communications

With a career spent in studio, gallery, film and festival management in Margate, the UK and Internationally, Jenny brings her experience to The Margate School.

Using skills learnt in these fields and her own business producing and selling tableware, she is a key communicator within the team. If asked, she would say that her Super Power is making connections.

Ed Gray

I.T. Volunteer

Ed studied Computer Science at the University of Kent including a year in
industry at Intel in the Engineering Computing department. Following this he returned to Intel as a graduate working in Shannon, Ireland. He has since returned to the UK and is involved in a number of local community projects including supporting IT at The Margate School.

Lisa Hawkins

Events & Exhibitions Manager

Lisa has an MA in Fine Art and is primarily a landscape painter. Her subject is the interplay between the interior and the exterior world, this led her to complete a second Master’s degree in Myth Cosmology and the Sacred, fostering a deep and continuing interest in the human condition which is expressed in her paintings. She has a background in arts administration.

Ruyin Nabizadeh

FabLab & Knowledge Exchange Manager

Ruyin is an Iranian visual artist and curator based in Ramsgate. His works involve installation, text and sound. With a BA and MA from the Slade School of Fine Art, he is currently a researcher at Azad Gallery, Tehran as well as a founding member of the artistic collective Bambi Woods, Space 52 and Ergo Space, Athens. Ruyin has produced and co-curated exhibitions at other organisations including Artangel, British Council, Brunei Gallery SOAS, The Long Player Trust and sans titre.

Dominic Rose

Darkroom Manager

Dominic Rose is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Margate. Using Photography and a range of found materials, he focuses on the interaction between humans and the environment, order and chaos, the sublime and the mundane. Particularly interested in the politics around resources and consumerism, his work illustrates the tension between our growing demand for resources and the interplay with the natural world

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