The Big House Board of Trustees

Humphrey Edginton (Chair)

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.

Ziyad Marar

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).

Robert Meteyard –  Safeguarding Lead

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.

Mark Goodin – Finance Lead

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 Shoman

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.

Wendy Scott

By day, a graphic designer for SAGE Publications for over 20 years.

By night, a graphic designer who loves:

  • All types of music and all things Carnival – designer, player and masquerader for Mangrove Steelband
  • Food – love eating out and cooking
  • Watch  FAR too much TV (blame Netflix and Amazon Prime) but hey love the escapism

I was  introduced to the Big House in an explosive way when a scene was performed at one of our company meeting and now becoming a trustee for the BIG House is exciting and a pleasure. I look forward to helping and supporting such an amazing organisation that encourages and inspires the excellence of young people.

Lesley Seary – Governance Lead

Lesley has worked in the public sector for over 30 years and is a former Chief Executive of Islington Council who’s passionate about the people who work and live in Islington and making their lives better. She is now a Non Executive Director of two hospital trusts, Barts Health and Barking, Havering and a Redbridge University Trust. Lesley is also a governor of the Redbridge Adult Education Institute.  She discovered The Big House while working at Islington and is excited to be supporting such an amazing organisation.

Claire Wilkinson – Trustee 

Claire Wilkinson is a solicitor with 30 years of legal experience and is the General Counsel and a Director of Payden & Rygel Global Limited.

During her career Claire has served on various industry professional standards groups with a focus on Environmental, Social and Governance factors and founded the Private Equity Lawyers Forum. Her charitable work centres around survivorship, domestic violence and social mobility.

Claire has a BA degree in Modern Languages from the University of Durham and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Risk, Governance and Compliance from the University of Manchester.

Chloe Evans – Trustee 

Chloe Evans is a HR Professional and since graduating from her Psychology and Drama degree, Chloe has been working in non-profits with a particular focus on helping those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Chloe’s interest in theatre stems from the impact theatre has had on her own life, and from this, Chloe has had a passion and drive to ensure theatre is accessible to all; particularly young people from deprived socio-economic backgrounds. Chloe has previously sat on the Almedia Theatre’s Youth Board, and The Park Theatre’s Youth Board, before joining The Big House, and hopes to continue bringing young people and community together, through the medium of theatre.

Julie Dark – Trustee 

Julie is a strategic leader with extensive communications and marketing experience within the creative industries (BBC, Guardian, ITV, Technicolor) and in Arts education (University of the Arts London). She has established communications infrastructures and lead complex projects within challenging high-profile environments in the UK and internationally.
Julie is passionate about theatre and music, both as a performer and a spectator. She is also a fervent advocate for greater equality and inclusion in society.