Roy Williams OBE
CEO and Artistic Director Maggie Norris
Finance and Operations Director Stacie Novotny Bond
Associate Director Oonagh Murphy
Engagement Manager Megan Taylor
Fundraising and Development Manager Ali Didar
The Big House Means Business Manager Rebecca Agard
Counsellor Samantha Herman
Writer in Residence Andy Day
In-house Designer Rich Jackson
Company Photographer Dylan Nolte
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).
Anne Currell (Chair)
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.
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.
Victoria is Senior Drama Commissioner at ITV. She has worked for 25 years as a script editor, producer, exec producer and commissioner in drama. She started in the industry as a freelance script editor on shows including Pie in the Sky and A Rather English Marriage and then went on to produce. Among her producing credits are Waking the Dead for BBC1, POW for ITV and Outlaws for BBC3.
After Exec Producing at World Productions she moved into commissioning at ITV in 2007. Between 2009 and 2010, she had a commercial break from ITV to be Creative Director at BBC Drama Production. Since then at ITV she has been responsible for commissioning hit shows including The Durrells, Marcella, Cold Feet, Victoria, Good Karma Hospital and Little Boy Blue.
Emma’s passion lies in working alongside children in care and care leavers; she says that their amazing resilience and determination inspires her every day.
A qualified social worker, Emma has worked alongside young people in various roles in the statutory and voluntary sectors for almost 20 years. She brings experience and knowledge from working in youth offending, youth work, domestic violence advocacy, further education, and designing, delivering and managing projects such as supporting young people to share their views with national policy makers.
Robert has worked for over 30 years in services that support young people looked after away from home. He began his career as a residential social worker and then as an aftercare worker. Before retiring from social care in 2016 he was the Strategic Manager for the Leaving Care Service in the London Borough of Islington. He was chair of the London Leaving Care Managers forum which aimed to benchmark and share good practice between London leaving care teams.
Humphrey is the head of legal and compliance at Asper Investment Management, an investment management firm specialising in sustainable infrastructure investments. Humphrey believes passionately in the ability of theatre to transform lives. As a student he directed, produced and acted in plays, taking one to the Edinburgh fringe festival. Nowadays he enjoys theatre from the comfort of the stalls and by supporting The Big House.
Sophie is a passionate advocate for disadvantaged young people. As Head of English at a South London state-funded secondary school, Sophie works with young people every day to unlock their potential through creative writing and the infinite world of Literature. Sophie is a Teach First Ambassador believing strongly in the democratising power of education and importance of democratising education. She has served as a School Governor, is an Examiner, Assessor for Now Teach and teacher of teachers delivering CPD for schools nationwide.
Sophie has experience working in the charity sector including at The Girl Effect, as well as voluntary roles such as literacy training for recently released young offenders via New York Cares. Before re-training as a teacher, Sophie was an Advertising Executive working across global brands as well as working on the government Diplomas project and running creative Work Experience programmes.
Sophie has a young family and enjoys exploring with them, near and far. She is an avid reader and very amateur writer.
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.