Our Board of Trustees
Liz Cleaver (Chair of the Board)
Director since May 2012
Following an extensive career at the BBC including 12 years as a senior executive and as a BAFTA award winning producer, Liz has wide-ranging experience of programme making, commissioning, strategy, implementation and change management. She was instrumental in launching BBC Knowledge, the forerunner of BBC 4, setting up the interactive capability for all factual and learning programmes and as Controller, BBC Learning, responsibility for the BBC’s learning output and activity.
Having left the BBC in 2010 she now works as a digital media consultant, and is also involved with several charities including; Chair of The Reading Agency and a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, The Royal Free Charity and Crisis. Liz is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a passionate history buff and traveller and is dedicated to helping disadvantaged communities and individuals.
Andrew Shaw (Vice Chair)
Andrew Shaw was raised in Hampstead and has lived here most of his adult life. At school, he was an active participant in drama productions after which he pursued a commercial career in media.
Over the last twenty-five years, Andrew has worked as part of the senior management team at Discovery Channel Europe, Liberty Global’s TV business in Japan, at PRS for Music and at global new agency, The Associated Press. He is currently Managing Director at ECA International and Advisor to Fine & Dandy Musicals, co-producers of “20th Century Boy The Musical” based on the life and story of Marc Bolan and T-Rex.
Jolyon Brewis BA(Hons) BArch RIBA FRSA
Jolyon Brewis is currently a Partner with Grimshaw Architects LLP, an architectural practice of more than 450 staff working from 5 international offices. Jolyon has broad experience of leading large teams of people (architects and other professionals) in the delivery of high-profile major projects across multiple sectors, including education, infrastructure, the cultural and energy sectors. He has held Managing Partner and Chief Executive positions within the practice, and led Grimshaw through significant organisational change and rapid growth. Jolyon was the Lead Architect from 1998 for Eden Project, Cornwall, through four phases of construction including visitor centre, Biomes, internal and external landscaping, office building and education centre. He was also the Lead Architect for The Laboratory at Dulwich College, a new science building with facades designed in collaboration with Peter Randall-Page RA. There was extensive involvement in fund-raising campaign alongside Development Office and Board of Governors. Jolyon is currently leading design teams on the expansion of Heathrow Airport, new Eden Project destinations in China and a technology innovation centre in London. Jolyon is a Trustee of The Charleston Trust, an independent charity based in Sussex whose key purpose is to inspire audiences about the art, literature and social legacy of the Bloomsbury Group.
Julieanne is Deputy Director of Human Resources (HR) at London Business School, where she has provided strategic and operational leadership for the last 10 years. She previously held senior HR positions at Chevron Texaco and Harrods covering all aspects of Human Resources. Julieanne is an experienced, generalist HR professional with expertise in the complete employee journey, from recruitment to exit. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Management and is member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD).
Richard is an experienced business consultant and manager with a blue chip international background in strategy, corporate branding and marketing, innovation, customer experience and digital media.
He started out as a journalist and magazine editor in the media trade press before completing an MBA at INSEAD, and switching to consulting. Over the past 18 yeas he has worked in KPMG’s Information, Communication and Entertainment strategy consulting practice; at Wolff Olins, one of the world’s leading branding consultancies; and for several years as an independent consultant, with blue chip clients including the BBC. Since 2011, he has been an Associate Director at digital business consultancy Transform, working with clients in media, leisure, financial services and the public sector.
Richard has lived in or near Belsize Park for most of his life.
Lew is a creative organiser of people, money and organisations, specialising in financial and strategic management for charities and not-for-profit organisations. He is employed as Chief Operating Officer at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, where he guides strategic development and implementation through business and financial planning; he also looks after the Leadership Foundation’s resources, including finance, information technology, and human resources; and as company secretary he manages the Leadership Foundation’s internal governance.
Lew is also a partner in Counterculture Partnership LLP, which provides practical services for not for profit organisations in strategy, finance, legal, operations management, IT, and other specialist consultancy areas.
In previous lives, Lew has been the Director of Finance and Resources at Arts and Business, the Head of Finance at the National Theatre, and the Director of Finance and Resources at both Arts Council England and Sport England. He is also a Trustee for a number of cultural organisations.
Rosie Hytner read drama and education at Cambridge University. She was an associate Director of a West End PR consultancy and then ran her own PR company for 17 years. For the past 8 years she has worked as a volunteer for various charities including The British Heart Foundation, Planting Promise and Drive Forward Foundation and is a trustee of Mousetrap Theatre Projects.
She has just stepped down from the Development Council of the National Theatre in order to allow time for Wac Arts.
Mark has been Principal/CEO of City Lit, Europe’s biggest adult education college, since 2011. Previously, he was the Director of Executive Education at London Business and President of the New York Institute of Finance. He possesses a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Edinburgh; a Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Strathclyde; and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Kent.
In 2000, Mark moved to Pearson and the Financial Times, becoming the President of the New York Institute of Finance within six months and moving to New York. His role at London Business School involved him working with major companies across the world on the challenges they were facing. His roles as governor/trustee include: the global leadership think-tank, Fred Forum in the USA; the National Institute of Adult Continuing Learning in the UK; and the Open College Network London.
He was previously a two term Governor of the major education charity, The English Speaking Union.
Director since May 2011
A solicitor specialising in private client work, and acting for several charities, Ellen is a consultant to a local firm, Newtons, having previously been a partner in a City firm for several years. She obtained a law degree from the University of Bristol, and a Masters degree in employment law from the University of Leicester. She is married with three children, all of whom were educated locally.
She is actively involved as a trustee of The Wiener Library, a national library and archive devoted to the study of the Holocaust and genocide, and is glad to be involved with a local community-based organisation as well.