The Team

The Pushkin House Team is made up of a small group of staff and is assisted by volunteers, external partners and other helpers. Together, we are 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.

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.

Yulia Hladio, Accountant



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

Katherine Hall, HR Consultant


Katherine is a former charity communications manager turned HR adviser. She has a postgraduate CIPD qualification and is particularly interested in bringing HR to small organisations. She is working with Pushkin House to improve job design, implement performance management and develop management skills.

Borimir Totev, Development Officer


My job is securing a sustainably-funded future for the centre. At Pushkin House I develop the Friends of Pushkin House program, adult learning courses and fundraise for exhibitions and the sustainability of the House.

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, please complete the concert proposal form available from the Music Salon page here.

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. 

Elena Zaytseva, Associate Curator


A curator and writer who has curated many exhibitions at Pushkin House since 2012, exploring the ways the institution works in cross-cultural situation. Before moving to London in 2008 she worked at Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, as a curator in the contemporary art department where she co-curated major exhibitions and the permanent collection display. In this period she organised exhibitions as an independent curator, including special projects of the Moscow Biennale (2005 and 2007). She completed her PhD with the thesis on Moscow conceptualism in 2008 at the Research Institute of Theory and History of Fine Arts, Moscow, and received Master of Fine Art in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London (2016). She is an author of articles on contemporary and modern Russian art in Russian and English. Her recent publication, an anthology ’Cosmic Shift: Russian Contemporary Art Writing’ (coedited with Alex Anikina) was published by ZED Books, London in October 2017 and deemed aTLS Book of the Year 2017.