The Team

The Pushkin House Team is made up of a small group of staff - assisted by volunteers, external partners and other helpers - dedicated to bringing an eclectic array of cultural events to the House, supporting the development of Anglo-Russian relations and promoting Russian culture in the heart of London. The smooth running of our cultural programme demands efficient planning and preparation from all: the Pushkin House Team, event organisers and volunteers.

Clem Cecil, Executive Director


Clem is a Russian-speaking specialist in language, literature and architectural preservation, with many years’ experience working in, and with, Russia, initially as correspondent for The Times, then as co-founder of the Moscow Architecture Preservation Society.  She has co-edited four books on Moscow, St Petersburg and Samara. From 2012 to 2016 she was the director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage and SAVE Europe’s Heritage.

Alina Grigorjan, Senior Operations Manager


My job is to ensure the effective and safe day-to-day operation of Pushkin House. I am also responsible for coordinating and managing all events within Pushkin House. As well as hosting our own events Pushkin House also provides rooms for commercial hire at very competitive rates. Should you be hosting your event at Pushkin House, I am here to produce promotional material, stay on top of ticket sales and its development, and to discuss and solve any other problems or practicalities in advance. If this is of interest, I am the person to contact, and do check out our Venue Hire page.

Borimir Totev, Venue Manager & Programme Coordinator


Most recently I completed an MA in Russian and Post-Soviet Politics at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, focusing my research on the visual culture of contemporary Russia. I am an ex-Executive Editor of the academic SLOVO Journal. I regularly contribute in art, culture, and politics focused media outlets. In Pushkin House, I am responsible for ensuring the highest standard of visitor experience and programme coordination. You can turn to me with any queries you may have about volunteering or our podcast series.

Yulia Danilchenko, Venue Manager & Marketing Coordinator


I hold a Master degree in Organisational Management and I have a background in the film distribution industry, working with  film companies and local cinemas across Russia. As part of my previous work experience I was responsible for partners relationship management and internal and external events organisation. After moving to London I joined several international film festivals as a volunteer. In Pushkin House, I’m part of the event and marketing team and look after communication with English and Russian media to spread the word about our work. 

Yulia Hladio, Accountant



I am responsible for day-to-day management of Pushkin House finances. And this is my dog, Domino.

Alexander Karpeyev, Music Curator


Alexander is the Music Curator at the Pushkin House and helps organise the classical music side of our programme. He is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and City University London, where in 2014 he successfully defended his doctoral thesis on performance practice in the music of Nikolay Medtner. If you would like to propose a concert at Pushkin House, or have any other enquiries relating to our music programme, please email Alexander on Please include details of your proposal and an up-to-date CV.  Find out more about Pushkin House Music Salon here

Olga Jurgenson, Curatorial Adviser


Olga has had an interesting journey from a Fine Art education focused on Socialist Realism at The Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia, to currently working as an international contemporary art curator. Besides curating many other projects, Olga managed, fundraised for and co-curated the National Pavilion of Mauritius at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and has judged various international art competitions. Olga advises on the art programme at Pushkin House, which includes curating contemporary art exhibitions and associated events.