Read about our current Trustees and the work they do
Jeremy Treglown is a biographer and a former editor of the Times Literary Supplement. He founded and for many years chaired the Warwick Writing Programme, with David Morley as Director. He has also chaired literary prize committees including Booker, Whitbread (now Costa) and Encore. His latest book is Franco’s Crypt: Spanish Culture and Memory Since 1936.
Dr. Judith Abbott
Dr. Judith Abbott – Judith is Chief Executive and Accounting Officer at PROCAT. She was previously the Director of Finance & Resources at Harrow College from 2011-17, where she was responsible for Finance, IT, Estates, HR and Student Records, and implemented a new Estates Strategy consisting of c. £15million of grant funding and £1million bank loan, returning the college to a sustainable financial position. Judith has over 20 years’ Blue Chip finance experience at Ford Motor Company and subsidiaries including over 10 years at a Senior Manager/Director level. Since 2006 Judith has held Senior Manager/Director level positions in the not for profit sector including, Director of Finance for Energy Saving Trust Ltd and Head of Strategic Planning and Control for Action for Children.
Kit de Waal
Kit de Waal is a writer and freelance consultant editor with a background in criminal and family law. She was a magistrate for several years and sits on adoption panels and has written training manuals on adoption and foster care. Her writing has received numerous awards including the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize 2014 and 2015 and the SI Leeds Literary Reader’s Choice Prize 2014. Her first novel My Name is Leon was published by Viking Penguin in 2016.
Lee has worked in the heritage sector since completing his Bachelor of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art, and later his masters at the University of Cambridge. He has worked on some of the UK’s most important heritage buildings and artefacts, including The Palace of Westminster, Blenheim Palace, and HMS Victory. He is a part-time PhD researcher at the University of Liverpool, focusing on the significance of craftsmanship as part of Intangible Cultural Heritage in built heritage.
Neil Harris – Neil Harris is Head of Finance at the Blackheath Conservatoire and has over 30 years financial and commercial experience. He is a trustee of A New Direction, the Arts Council funded arts and education bridge charity for London and a member of the Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA). Neil was a Partner at Deloitte LLP for 24 years and worked with public sector organisations, such as RSPCA, Ravensbourne College, Royal Engineers and Oxford University Press. He also has significant experience in the technology, real estate and business support sectors.
Ashley Holloway has delivered digital strategies, and new operating models for Virgin Media TV, Ann Summers, Sainsbury’s and most recently has been Director, Business Partnerships & Strategy for Penguin Random House, where he led the Random House Publishing Solutions team through a full restructure, established a new digital platform, operational model and publishing technology roadmap, specifically for authors and customers. Ashley has significant experience of team management, contract negotiation and is a regular blogger on spareheadmedia.com
Nick Makoha is a poet, performer, workshop leader and mentor. Born in Uganda, Nick fled the country due the civil war in the 1970s. Nick has presented his work for the British Council in Finland, Czech Republic, USA and the Netherlands. Nick was one of ten contemporary poets to be selected for Spread the Word’s Complete Works mentoring programme. His one man show, My Father & Other Superheroes, premiered at The London Literature Festival in 2013. He is the winner of 2015 Brunel African Poetry award.
Daljit Nagra is an award-winning poet, author and academic. His works include Ramayana, Look We Have Coming to Dover! and the forthcoming, British Museum. His poetry has featured in Norton Anthology of English Literature, 1914 Poetry Remembered and London: A History of Verse. Daljit teaches poetry at Brunel University, is a Visiting Professor at Royal Holloway and is poet in residence for Radio 4. He also has 20 years of secondary school teaching experience.
Meriel is a Partner and Head of Employment at Withers Worldwide law firm, advising senior executives and employers. Meriel is a trained mediator and used to write regularly for The Guardian, offering legal counsel to readers
Jon is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Surrey University Business School where he designs and delivers leadership development programmes for a variety of clients. Before joining Surrey, Jon was on the faculty at Ashridge Business School where he helped to design and run the country’s first ever MBA specifically for the creative industries. He was formerly CEO of the British Film Institute. Jon’s first novel Ordinary Joe (which he began on an Arvon programme in 2007) was published by The Borough Press in 2015.
Andy Wimble – After graduating in Landscape Architecture at Manchester Polytechnic in 1976, Andy worked briefly in both private practice and local government. He has spent most of his career working for government agencies such as English Heritage. Recent work has included prestige projects such as the International Maritime Headquarters on Albert Embankment, the International Conference Centre, Westminster, and the Princess of Wales Conservatory, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
We recently carried out a Board Effectiveness Review – you can view the report here
Terry Hands CBE
Simon Armitage CBE, FRSL
Lord (Melvyn) Bragg FRS, FBA, FRSL
Alan Brownjohn FRSL
Lady Caroline Chichester-Clark
Dr David Cohen CBE
Dame Carol Ann Duffy DBE, FRSL
Professor Sir Andrew Motion FRSL
David Pease MBE
Sir Salman Rushdie FRSA
Wole Soyinka FRSL