Roy Williams OBE
CEO and Artistic Director Maggie Norris
Finance and Operations Director Stacie Novotny Bond
Associate Director Bel Parker
Engagement Manager Megan Taylor
Fundraising Manager TBC
Trusts and Foundations Executive Lisa Schimetat
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
Anne Currell (Chair)
Anne Currell was owner and CEO of The Currell Group until the business was sold to Savills in December 2018 . Anne now works as a part time consultant for Savills and has ( almost ) retired after nearly 30 years in the property industry. As a parent and grandparent Anne values the importance of safe and secure places for young people and through her time at the Big House has come to appreciate the huge impact the work of TBH has on its young members. As a keen collector of art (currellcollection.com) and supporter of theatre Anne recognises the invaluable role that art and theatre play in communication. Anne has been involved in several charities over a number of years with a focus on children and young people.
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).
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.
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.
Rebecca is a Chartered Surveyor and Associate at Savills in the Cambridge Development team. She specialises in development land agency and consultancy across the Eastern region, with a particular focus on the Essex and Hertfordshire markets. She hold an Arts degree in both German and Hispanic Studies and a Masters in International Real Estate and Planning. She is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion and is Vice-Chair of Savills Ethnicity Group, one of the six diversity strands in the company. She strives to help the business grow and tackle the diversity agenda through an inclusive environment which aims to offer equal opportunities for all.
Mark is an Associate Director on the Corporate Credit Risk team at Royal Bank of Canada in London. He has over 14 years’ experience in the finance industry working in various roles at Royal Bank of Canada, and prior to that Scotiabank, Santander and Wachovia.
He has a Master’s degree in Finance and Banking from the Universidad de Alcala in Madrid, Spain, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematical Economics from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, USA.
Kiren works in academic publishing with a focus on student learning. She is originally from Belize and has extended family in Palestine as well as the UK. She has degrees in sociology with development studies and gender studies, and is energised by issues around anti-racism, postcolonial/independence struggles and diaspora. Kiren holds a lead role in her organisation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work and is passionate about the organisation’s role in ensuring belonging and inclusion for all at work.
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.