Roy Williams OBE
Artistic Director and Chief Executive Maggie Norris
The Big House Means Business Manager Dawn Howley
Development Manager Sarah Burden
Fundraising Manager Melanie Geelan
Engagement Manager Hannah Hughes
Counsellor Samantha Herman
Writer in Residence Andy Day
In-house Designer Rich Jackson
Company Photographer Catherine Ashmore
James has been an actor for over 20 years. He has been seen on stage at the National Theatre, Manchester’s Royal Exchange, the Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow and many more. He has been a volunteer with the listening charity Samaritans for 15 years – managing shifts, recruiting and training new volunteers.
Krishna Patel (Treasurer)
Krishna works for State Street Bank, an American financial institution based in Canary Wharf. She is actively involved in a variety of inclusion and diversity networks across the organisation ampills.com as well as with the corporate citizenship program.
She is founder and co-chair of the Arts & Culture network within State Street whose mission is to connect employees to the arts. The set of skills and value gained from pursuing a future in the arts or in finance is not mutually exclusive.
Ziyad Marar was born in the Middle East and moved to London with his family at the age of 10. He is executive vice president and global publishing director of SAGE, a leading academic publisher, where he is responsible for overall publishing strategy. He regularly speaks and writes articles in support of the social sciences.
He has degrees in psychology and philosophy and is the author of three books: The Happiness Paradox (Reaktion, 2003), Deception (Acumen, 2008) and Intimacy: Understanding the Subtle Power of Human Connection (Acumen, 2012).
Tim Wright (Chair)
Until recently Tim was employed at the London Stock Exchange Group. For the last 3 years he was Chief of Staff for the Group CEO, Xavier Rolet, and for the 15 years before that he was their Group HR Director. Tim is now working as an independent consultant and interim executive in both the business and not for profit sectors. He is also Chair of the Board of The People Show, the UK’s longest running alternative theatre company. In his spare time he runs marathons, goes to gigs/theatres/galleries and travels regularly to France.
Emma is currently Senior Development Manager at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art managing RADA Grants, Trusts and Foundations portfolio worth £380K, 40% of their £1.2 million total sector target), cultivating new prospects, stewarding current relationships and fulfilling funder reporting requirements and working with project managers as required. Developing a pipeline of capital prospects for 12M capital redevelopment (2016-20), to fund a new Attenborough Theatre, student accommodation block, archive project and new library and learning facilities.
Emma is the Corporate Development Manager, overseeing applications to corporate trusts and foundations and supporting corporate partnership proposals. She was previously Head of Development at The Rose Theatre, Kingston.
Anne is Managing Director and Owner of the Currell Group. She opened the first Currell Residential office in Islington in 1998 with four employees. The company has significantly grown since 1998 and now comprises four retail sales offices based in Islington, Clerkenwell, Hackney and Victoria Park, seven separate companies and employs over 100 members of staff.
Anne holds absolute responsibility for the day to day operations of the company including implementing policy and strategy and management and leadership. Anne also takes direct responsibility for the expanding Currell New Homes department which operates across London and the South East.
Prior to starting Currell Residential, Anne worked in sales for another agency and as a nurse for just under ten years before having a career break to raise her five children.
Mhairi is a solicitor and Senior Legal Counsel for The British Museum, having worked previously as an employment lawyer for a leading international law firm in the City. She has wide experience in the law, with particular expertise in employment, litigation, contract, charity and arts law. Mhairi is a long standing member of the Employment Lawyers Association Training Committee and the Arts Law Forum. She regularly chairs national conferences on employment law, and lectures at the Museums & Galleries HR Directors’ Forum. Mhairi has a real interest in applying her legal expertise to pro bono law projects; she was shortlisted for an award for “Best Contribution by an Individual” at the national Annual LawWorks Awards and invited to meet the Attorney General for her “Outstanding Commitment to Pro Bono Matters”.
Outside work, Mhairi spends as much time as possible by the sea, wild swimming and surfing; playing music – she DJs French house music, and plays the violin and mandolin; and going to art exhibitions.
Derreem went through an Open House Project in Autumn 2015 and was in the Nov/Dec 2015 production, ELECTRIC. Since completing the Open House Project he has been working with a mentor to find employment. He has since been working as a part time Peer Outreach Worker for the Mayor of London at City Hall. As a care leaver from Islington himself he has a good understanding of the needs of care leavers and the trials and tribulations they go through as well as becoming a voice for young people across London. In his spare time Derreem likes to create music pieces, he is a songwriter, DJ, music producer and he also has started to develop his acting career.
Charles is an independent author and a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy and in 2005 was ranked by Accenture as one of the top management thinkers in the world. Previously an associate editor of the Independent, he wrote the first British report on the rise of social entrepreneurship, and his report on the potential for the web to generate social change led to the creation of the Social Innovation Camp movement. A graduate of Balliol College, Oxford, Charles has worked extensively as a senior adviser to governments and spent ten years working for the Financial Times, moving to the Independent in 1994.
April de Angelis
April De Angelis is a playwright who has had her plays produced by The Royal Court, The National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company and in London’s West End. She has also lectured in playwriting at the University of Birmingham and has worked for many years with the Royal Court International department, travelling to Cuba, Mexico, Russia, Georgia, Syria, Ukraine, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia and India teaching playwriting to emerging writers in those countries.
Mic Pool is a sound and video designer. Mic’s career has included a large number of sound and projection designs for the theatre over the past 35 years. He works across all scales of theatre from major productions at national companies including the RSC and National Theatre, work for international opera companies including the Royal Opera Covent Garden, designs for major regional theatres including over 200 productions for the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, numerous West End and Broadway production including The 39 Steps for which he won the first Tony ever awarded to a sound designer. He frequently works with community theatre companies, on projects with learning disabled children and adults and has worked with ex-offenders and youth at risk.
Lemn is a poet and care leaver who is Associate Artist at The Southbank Centre, patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation, Ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, trustee of Forward Arts Foundation and inaugural trustee of World Book Night and an Honorary Doctor of Letters. Lemn is author of a series of books of poetry alongside articles, records, broadcasts, commissions and plays. Sissay’s award winning play Something Dark directed by National Theatre of Wales artistic director John McGrath has been performed throughout the world and his stage adaptation of Benjamin Zephaniah’s Novel Refugee Boy at West Yorkshire Playhouse tours Britain in 2014. A BBC TV documentary, Internal Flight, and a radio documentary, Child of the State, were both broadcast about his life and his Ted Talk has a million views.