Biographies

Nigel Pantling

Nigel Pantling | Chair

Nigel Pantling has been an independent strategic adviser to Chief Executives of public companies since 1997. Formerly he was a Director at Schroders and at Hambros Bank, where he was Head of Corporate Finance. Nigel started his working life as an army officer and subsequently joined the Home Office working on criminal policy issues and was private secretary to the Home Secretary. He has had extensive involvement in the not-for-profit sector, including on the Board of the Almeida Theatre. Nigel is also Chair of Bishopsgate Institute, an education and arts charity in London.


Andrew Cleland-Bogle

Andrew Cleland-Bogle

Andrew Cleland-Bogle is a Partner at Bridgepoint Credit, the debt investment arm of a global asset manager. 

Prior to joining Bridgepoint, Andrew was a Partner at EQT Credit and previously a Director at DC Advisory (formerly known as Close Brothers Corporate Finance).  During his tenure at DC Advisory, including three years based in Frankfurt, Andrew advised managememt teams, shareholders and lenders of European corporates on financing-related matters. Andrew joined Close Brothers in 2005 from the European financial restructuring team of Houlihan Lokey. 

Raised in Northern Ireland, Andrew graduated from Newcastle University in 2003 with a BA (hons) in Economics and Politics. He brings board-level Internet venture experience as well as experience in supporting charities focused on social engagement.


Robert Hingley

Robert Hingley

Robert Hingley is a Partner at Ondra Partners,  an independent financial advisory firm.

From September 2012 he was Director, Investment Affairs at the Association of British Insurers and, following the merger of ABI’s Investment Affairs with the IMA, he acted as a consultant to the enlarged IMA until end 2014. From 2010 until January 2015, he was a Managing Director, and later Senior Adviser, at Lazard. He was previously Director General of The Takeover Panel from December 2007, on secondment from Lexicon Partners, where he was Vice Chairman.  Prior to joining Lexicon Partners in 2005, he was Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group and Head of German Investment Banking at Citigroup Global Capital Markets, which acquired the investment banking business of Schroders in 2000.  He joined Schroders in 1985 after having qualified as a solicitor with Clifford Chance in 1984. He has an MA in Modern Languages and Law from Cambridge University.


Mars Lord

Mars Lord

Award winning doula and birth activist Mars Lord has been a birth keeper for well over a decade. After attending the Paramana Doula course with Michel Odent and Lilliana Lammers, a spark was lit within her and the passion that she discovered for birth and supporting parents has fired her soul ever since. She has had the privilege of working with hundreds of families. A birth activist, with a desire to see the ‘colouring in of the landscape of birth’ and finding out the reasons for the maternal and neonatal morbidity rates amongst the BAME community, Mars created Abuela Doulas a doula preparation course primarily, but not exclusively, for women of colour. Her desire for reproductive justice led to the creation of the ‘Reproductive Justice Retreat’. Mars was recently recognised in the Mayor of London's Hidden Credits campaign and continues to speak out for cultural safety and reproductive justice.

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Bharat Mehta

Bharat Mehta

Bharat is Chief Executive at Trust for London.
Prior to taking up this post he was Chief Executive of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (NSF, renamed RETHINK). He has also worked for the Medical Research Council; the National Council for Voluntary Organisations; and the Social Services Department of the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
He is a board member of a number of organisations including: Home Group, one of the largest registered social landlords in the country; London Funders; the Social Justice and Human Rights Centre Ltd; and the Resource for London
In the recent past, he has served as a board member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; as non-executive director of the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust; and as chair of governors of Bowes Primary School. He has also served on numerous government and civil society commissions and advisory groups.
In January 2000, he was appointed an OBE for services to NSF and the voluntary sector. In June 2016, he was appointed CBE for services to Finance in the Charitable and Voluntary Sectors, as part of the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours.

 


Rufus  Olins

Rufus Olins

Rufus is the CEO of Punchdrunk.

Previously he was Chief Membership Officer at the Co-op Group and Director of Community & Campaigns at the Co-op.

Originally a journalist and editor on The Sunday Times and Management Today, he has run a variety of organisations with different ownership structures including Haymarket Brand Media,  Newsworks and the World Advertising Research Centre.

Prior to joining Park Theatre, he was on the Board or Development Committees at Salusbury School, The Prince’s Trust, the Almeida and the National Portrait Gallery.

His interests include cycling and cooking.


Kurt Barling

Kurt Barling

Kurt Barling is Professor of Journalism at Middlesex University.  He was an award-winning BBC investigative journalist and film-maker until 2015.  Kurt worked across BBC News and Current Affairs from 1989. Assignment, Newsnight, The Money Programme, Today, Black Britain and BBC News among other programmes.  He was Special Correspondent in London from 2001-2014.  Amongst his many journalism awards Kurt is proud of the 5 national awards for his reporting of race in Britain, the US, Africa and the Caribbean. He is author and editor of books on German history, Terrorism, Economic Development and the polemic The R Word: Racism.  Kurt gained a first-class degree in Languages & Politics before graduating with a Masters and PhD from the London School of Economics. He was an LSE lecturer in International Relations from 1986-89.  He sits on an advisory Board at the British Library and is adviser to a successful Silicon Valley Breaking News Platform which is transforming the landscape of American journalism.  He was raised in North London to a family that has supported Arsenal FC since 1915.  As a member of the National Youth Theatre in the 1980s he learned to love the value of theatre to enrich lives.


Jo Parker

Jo Parker

Jo is Chief Operating Officer of Chime, the international communications and sports & entertainment Group, as well as CEO of the Chime Specialist Group, which includes four award winning agencies covering financial services, technology and sustainability. She has spent the last 18 years in Chime establishing and building specialist, integrated agencies as well as working closely with and advising a broad base of clients in the UK and internationally.
Having lived in Finsbury Park, where she met her husband, she is delighted to be on the board, using her communications and sustainability experience, as well as her huge love of the theatre and the local area, to support all the work the Park Theatre does.

 


Victoria  Phillips

Victoria Phillips

Victoria is a solicitor in private practice, specialising in employment and trade union law. She has been a Trustee of the Park Theatre since May 2017.

She has lived in the Finsbury Park area for the last 20 years and her sons attended local schools. She was a governor at Arts and Media School Islington for many years.

Since attending the Park Theatre’s opening night she has been enthusiastic about the theatre and for the Park Theatre’s community mission.


Hedda Beeby

Hedda Beeby

Hedda Beeby has worked in theatre all her life. For 12 years she was co-director at Oxford Playhouse where she was jointly responsible for re-opening the theatre after a 4 year closure and overseeing a £4 million capital refurbishment. From Oxford she joined ATG where she was Group General Manager with her role particularly focussed on production development and overseeing the Group’s satellite companies with Carlton TV, Trademark Films and Natural Nylon. She then joined Eric Abraham’s Portobello Theatre where she worked on West End productions and with the South African township company, Isango Portobello, creators of the award-winning MAGIC FLUTE. A life in the country beckoned and for 9 years Hedda was Artistic and Executive Director at The Watermill Theatre.  Hedda is now a producer at Fiery Angel, one of the UK's leading theatre producers, creating shows for the West End, internationally and throughout the UK and running the Children's Theatre Partnership.


Julia Tyrrell

Julia Tyrrell

Julia Tyrrell is an independent Literary Agent representing writers for Theatre, Film and TV.  She has a background in performing arts, having worked as a dancer after training at London Contemporary Dance School; she has been in love with the theatre since the age of four.  She went on to work offstage, with Noel Gay Theatre, on West End productions and progressed within Noel Gay Organisation to become a writers' agent with her own list.  She then spent six years with talent and literary agency Hamilton Asper Management, before leaving to set up her own company in 2002.  Julia Tyrrell Management specialises in a personal style of management representing established award-winning talent and exciting emerging voices.