Jessica Hepburn (Chair) is a senior arts professional who has been Executive Director and Joint Executive Director of the Lyric Hammersmith for ten years where she steered the theatre through its £20m redevelopment. She has also held positions at Brighton Festival, Northern Stage and was Vice Chair of the London Theatre Consortium, a Director of UK Theatre and trustee of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Told By An Idiot theatre company. Jessica is also a published author and will be leaving the Lyric in autumn 2015 to focus on her writing career.
Billy Ridgers is an experienced educational film maker. He is director of Team Video Productions the educational publisher. His most recent production Who Runs This Place? takes a critical look at political power in Britain through the eyes of 16-18 year olds.
Cat Harrison, slightly embarrassingly Cat is known as a “slashie” for her work as both an artist and a producer. She works as a Project Manager for Artsadmin, producing projects for artists including Chris Dobrowolski, Curious, Caroline Wright and Amy Sharrocks. As an artist with collective Non Zero One, Cat has co-created interactive, often site-specific theatre pieces for venues including Tate Britain, Barbican and National Theatre.
Mark Kowalik, a lawyer with 25 years experience of advising trustees (although mostly of pension schemes rather than charities), who has a wide interest in the Arts from traditional theatre and fine art to modern dance and indie music.
Michael Brinton, professionally Michael has almost a decade of banking experience, with a focus on interest rate markets and risk management. Prior to moving to London in 2010, he spent several years working in Singapore and previously studied in Seattle at the University of Washington. When he’s not following the markets, Michael can often be found practicing flying trapeze, trying to make up for lost time having only found the joy of circus arts after university (and at a very amateur level).
Tracey Low is currently Executive Producer at Manchester International Festival. For MIF Tracey has produced work with artists including Douglas Gordon, Peter Sellars, Robert Wilson, Marina Abramović, Inne Goris, Punchdrunk, Young@Heart Chorus, Neil Bartlett and Oily Cart. Tracey is currently a director on the boards of Rajni Shah Projects, Peut-être Theatre Company and Crying Out Loud. She studied Theology at the University of Manchester.
Jessica Choi, an arts and culture enthusiast, is an experienced fundraising and communications professional raising funds to help support the sector. She has worked for various arts organisations including DV8 Physical Theatre and Canadian organisations, Green Thumb Theatre and Playwrights Theatre Centre. She is currently Development Manager for One Dance UK.
Marta Sala Font is a film and broadcast producer, with a background in producing filmic experiences for online audiences to enjoy live theatre performances wherever they are. She collaborates and supports arts organisations and companies to reach bigger and wider audiences through their video content. Her vast experience in live stream production and distribution helps her provide a holistic support to the most inexperienced and guide them through the journey of developing their own content strategy and becoming a more public facing digital organisation.
Thanks to Gavin Stride, not just for his well received pearls of wisdom, but also for encouraging the regular consumption of good quality cake. Thanks also to Mary Helen Young, Alison Duthie, Chris Thomson, Amy Belson, Steve Clarke, Sarah Macnee and Jeni Walwin.