Vikki Heywood was Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2003-2012 and Joint Chief Executive of the Royal Court Theatre from 1996-2001.
She was a board member of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and is currently Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts and 14-18 NOW, the First World War centenary art commissions. Vikki originally trained as a stage manager at Central School of Speech and Drama.
She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Birmingham in 2009 and in 2012 a CBE for services to drama in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Vikki recently led the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value.
Vikki Heywood CBE
Sir Brendan Barber was the TUC General Secretary from 2003 to 2012. He is a member of the Board of Transport for London and of the Council of City University London which he graduated from with a BSc in Social Sciences in 1974.
His career has been almost exclusively within the TUC where he held the post of General Secretary from 2003 to 2012. Additionally, he sat on the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service Council from 1995 to 2004, the Board of Sport England from 1999 to 2003 and the Court of the Bank of England from 2003 to 2012.
He is a Visiting Fellow at the Said Business School, Oxford University, and a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. In 2007 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the City University. Sir Brendan was knighted in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to employment relations.
Sir Brendan was appointed Chair of Acas in January 2014.
Sir Brendan Barber
Dame Colette Bowe has worked in the City, in regulation and in Whitehall.
She is chairman of the Banking Standards Board and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
She serves on the boards of the UK Statistics Authority, the Nuffield Foundation and the Department for Transport. She is a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.
She has been chairman of Electra Private Equity plc and of Ofcom. She has also served on the boards of Morgan Stanley International, Axa Investment Managers, Goldfish Bank, the Yorkshire Building Society, London and Continental Railways and Thames Water Utilities.
She was the founding chairman of the telecoms Ombudsman Service and of the Ofcom Consumer Panel, and chaired the Council of Queen Mary, University of London.
Dame Colette Bowe
Lady Susan is a former Public Relations Consultant for Edelma. She is a Trustee of The Silver Line and was a volunteer at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital for several years working in a day unit for children under five with cerebral palsy. Susan was Chair of the Development Council and a Board member of the National Theatre for 10 years.
Lady Susan Chinn
Laura Gander-Howe is Director of Public Engagement & Culture for UAL:London College of Fashion.
Her role is focussed on supporting the College’s move to a brand new campus in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Before this role, Laura was Director: Learning of Arts Council England. During her ten year tenure, she oversaw the policy and strategy development for cultural education.
Andrew is a qualified accountant and has had an extensive career in finance and administration. He is currently Bursar of Somerville College, Oxford, responsible for finance, HR, estates, operations, accommodation, and its catering and conference business.
From 2003 – 2012 Andrew was Director of Finance and Administration at the Royal Shakespeare Company with responsibility for finance, HR, IT, estates, health and safety, and part of the senior executive team with the Artistic and Executive Directors. He played a key role in transforming the finances of the RSC, introducing new systems and processes throughout the organisation and managing the ambitious redevelopment of its site.
Prior to this he was Finance Director of Oxford University Press’ International Division then its Group Financial Controller at Oxford University Press over a ten year period.
Andrew has a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Liverpool. He is married with three young children.
As a theatre producer, André has won Best Musical Olivier or Standard Awards for seven different shows.
André was Chief Executive of the Really Useful Group from 2005 to 2011 and for the last eighteen years he has also programmed Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End theatres including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the London Palladium.
André was on the board of the National Theatre for nine years and remains on the National Theatre Commercial Productions board.
Recently, with Matthew Warchus, he produced Tim Minchin’s new musical Groundhog Day at the Old Vic and subsequently on Broadway.
John Reiss is a broadly experienced business and not-for-profit leader. He understands popular culture and knows how to access wide audiences.
Professional accountancy with PwC was followed by senior finance positions in industry before he established his own consultancy advising on corporate strategy, financing and management. Clients have included entertainment, media and consumer businesses. He co-founded magazine Opera Now and the Guinness Encyclopaedia of Popular Music and was a director of George Harrison’s HandMade Films, of collectible model maker Corgi Classics, of media access services provider IMS, of market research agency First Research International and film marketing services business Miracle Media Group.
John is currently executive chairman of Premier which he has built to be the UK’s largest international creative communications agency specialising in entertainment, arts and culture. He is also chair of educational supply business Creative Art Products, of multiplex cinema Peckhamplex and of Big Data software consultancy Traak Systems.
Through thirty years in professional and business life, he has been active with not-for-profit organisations. He has been a comprehensive school governor, helped a number of national charities, worked on development committees of major arts organisations such as The BFI and was chair of the trustee board of Missing People for a decade.
Johnson is Cabinet Member for Growth, Development and Planning at Southwark Council. He was born and raised in Peckham where he serves as a Labour councillor.
Giles trained at Mountview. His career includes Candide, Troilus and Cressida, Hamlet and Honk (National Theatre). He was in the original casts of Avenue Q and Book of Mormon. In 2017 he originated the role of Aaron Burr in the London production of Hamilton, for which he won the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Vincent is an architect/developer and experienced board-level executive with particular experience in creating, planning and realising commercial and arts sector development projects.
A founder member and senior director of Stanhope Properties plc, he has since been involved as an entrepreneur and consultant in many arts projects, including the realisation of the Sainsbury Wing of National Gallery and the early stages of the redevelopment of Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
He was Chair of Hampstead Theatre from 2001-2004, having previously worked as a director of the theatre to develop its new building. Vincent recently managed a major capital development project for the Donmar Warehouse.