Chair and Member, Finance Sub Committee and IOWA Building Committee
Liz had a 26 year career at the BBC first as a producer/director in radio and television and then 12 years as a senior executive. She has wide-ranging experience of programme making, commissioning, strategic leadership, organisational development and digital transformation. 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. Awards include 4 BAFTA’s.
Having left the BBC in 2010 Liz now works as a digital media consultant. She has been a trustee of several charities with an emphasis on public engagement and digital transformation including; Historic Royal Palaces, The Imperial War Museum, The Reading Agency (Chair) and The Royal Free Charity.
Member, Finance Sub Committee
David is completing his MBA at London Business School where he focuses on technology and entrepreneurship. He has experience working for Google as well as a number of tech startups where he has led their expansion into new markets through building partnerships. He started his career as a Strategy Consultant at KPMG focusing on the Telecoms, Media and Technology sectors.
Jolyon Brewis BA(Hons) BArch RIBA FRSA
Member, IOWA Building Committee
Jolyon is a Partner with Grimshaw Architects LLP where he has acquired a broad experience in the delivery of high-profile major projects across multiple sectors. He has held Managing Partner and Chief Executive positions within the practice, and led Grimshaw through significant organisational change. Jolyon was the Lead Architect for Eden Project and The Laboratory at Dulwich College, a new science building with facades designed in collaboration with Peter Randall-Page RA.
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 whose main purpose is to inspire audiences about the legacy of the Bloomsbury Group.
Trustee, Member of Finance Sub Committee
Dorota grew up in Poland. She came to the UK in late 1990s after completing a degree in Economics at Warsaw University. She trained as an auditor and is a qualified FCCA. At the V&A Museum, where she worked for 14 years, she supported a total commercial transformation of the Museum’s retail function as well as its publishing and licensing programme and corporate entertaining. In her current role Dorota is the Director of Finance and Resources at Alexandra Park and Palace and is responsible for the strategic financial management together with the effective leadership of support services, including Procurement, HR and IT. She supports the Chief Executive Officer, senior managers and the Boards in planning and delivering a strong and sustainable financial future for the organisation, whilst seeking ways to maximise profitability and reduce financial risk in the short and medium term as well as looking after robust financial controls and implementation of appropriate procedures and policies. Dorota enjoys working in the challenging environment where charitable objectives of the Trust and commercial targets of its commercial operations both work towards the delivery of strategic vision of the organisation.
Member, IOWA Building Committee
Martin began as an architect and later switched to representing organisations that need new buildings to be designed and built – inevitably involving many other related issues. Over time Martin has migrated towards the third sector, from organisations such as commercial developers and airports, to senior-level positions in universities, research institutes and, currently, as Director of Land & Estates for the Epilepsy Society, located in Chalfont, Bucks..
In the past, Martin has also been a school governor, has helped a retirement home with its expansion plans, and participated in local activities to safeguard the quality of our built environment. Martin has lived in many areas of London during the past 35+ years, including Camden and Tufnell Park, and now lives in Kennington. He is an avid Londoner, following its ever-changing built environment, and seeing its future success as inextricably linked to the opportunities we give to our young people.
When not in London, Martin is never happier than when sitting in the rain on a sailing boat in the middle of the English Channel.
Member, Finance Sub Committee and IOWA Building Committee
Lew is a creative organiser of people, money and organisations, specialising in financial and strategic management for charities and not-for-profit organisations. Until recently he was the Chief Operating Officer for ACEVO, where he made a major contribution to a turnaround situation. For the ten years prior to that, he was the COO at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, where he guided strategic development and implementation; and as company secretary he managed the LF’s internal governance.
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.
Member of the IOWA Building Committe
Leah is the Head of Legal and Business Affairs at the Royal Opera House dealing with all legal matters affecting the ballet and opera companies, having previously been General Counsel at The Old Vic Theatre. She is a qualified real estate lawyer who moved into the charity sector after 15 years working in private practice and in house where she focussed on development work in the hotel and residential and office sectors. Since 2010 she has worked at Save the Children and The British Council before moving to The Old Vic.. Leah has also held a number of non- exec roles in charities including as Chair of a housing association, Chair of a charitable trust and Governance Trustee at Kings College Student Union. She is currently chair of the Independent Living Committee at Jewish Care which focuses on the provision of accommodation to older but still able tenants. Leah grew up in Tufnell Park, has spent her whole life living in and around North London and she has 2 children.
Chair, Wac Pack
Rosie 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.
In the past 12 years, Rosie has helped raise over 3 million pounds for charities including Wac Arts, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, Planting Promise, Drive Forward Foundation, the National Theatre and the British Heart Foundation.
She is also a trustee of Mousetrap Theatre Projects.
Vice Chair and Chair, Nominations Committee
Christine is a social marketing professional whose work includes tripling the number of local authorities committed to tackling climate change and a host of national campaigns covering issues as diverse as fuel efficient driving, well-being and the need to address poor air quality.
For almost a decade, Christine has been an active school governor. As Chair of Governors (2011-16), she was at the forefront of taking the school from being judged to be Failing to ‘Good’. She also led several capital projects, including the creation of a new Early Years Foundation Centre.
Christine now works as a freelance strategic marketing consultant and is the founder of With Insight, a programme to increase the number of black students successfully applying to Russell Group universities.
Trustee and member, Finance Sub Commitee
Paul is a Chartered Accountant and has worked as a commercial Finance Director for the last 25 years, mainly in London, but also with some international assignments. Paul’s senior operating experience started with large multi-national FMCG companies such as Reebok and Nike, before moving into VC-backed and independent small/medium sized businesses. He has been CFO at ustwo, a global digital design and product group for the last 8 years.
During his career, Paul has built up a wealth of experience in financial reporting, planning and forecasting as well as cash and balance sheet management, change programmes and refinancing exercises and looks forward to bringing some of that experience and knowledge to WAC Arts which is his first significant involvement in a charitable organisation.
Originally from Manchester, Paul moved to London in 1985 and has adopted it as his second home where he has settled down with his family.