Current Board of Governors
Monisha Shah, Chair
Monisha is a media professional, with significant board experience of major national and international companies and institutions. She brings governance expertise of a range of companies, including publicly funded national institutions and listed companies, across a variety of sectors including television, publishing, radio, digital media, national museums and galleries, retail, catering and higher education.
Monisha is a Trustee of Tate, appointed by the Prime Minister in August 2007 and presently serving her second term. Additionally, she serves on several councils and committees of Tate, including Nominations and Governance, Ethics, Freedom of Information, Tate Modern Council and Tate Enterprises Board. She is also a Trustee of the National Gallery, nominated by Tate as its Liaison, in June 2013. In July 2013, she joined the Board of the Foundling Museum. In addition to her non-executive roles in the creative industries, Monisha has senior level operational experience of delivering challenging financial targets and strong team leadership. Her last executive role was with BBC Worldwide Ltd where she worked for over ten years, with specific responsibility for the emerging markets. In 2015 Monisha was appointed by the Prionto the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
Professor Dianne Willcocks, CBE, Vice Chair
Professor Dianne Willcocks, Emeritus Professor at York St John University and Honorary Doctor at Sheffield Hallam University, is a leadership consultant, advocate and practitioner for socially inclusive citizenship. She is an Associate of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, having led LF’s Governor Development Programme for the past three years. Her major contribution is promoting educational endeavour and opportunity that engages with the needs of modern communities. The former Vice Chancellor at York St John University, Professor Willcocks engages in contemporary debates around excellence, governance and accountability in public services.
A social scientist with a multidisciplinary practice, Professor Willcocks’ research and contribution is in the field of an ageing society – currently around citizenship, dementia and end-of-life care She encourages diverse audiences to recognise the significance of the creative/cultural economy. She also engages public policy and practice debates to secure health & wellbeing through social inclusion.
In the City of York, Professor Willcocks is Chair of the Fairness and Equalities Board and a member of the Without Walls (LSP) Board. Professor Willcocks was a founder member of the city’s Lifelong Learning Network, Higher York; she has served on the HEFCE Board and the Higher Education Academy. She is a Vice Chair for the York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Vice Chair for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. She chairs the Centre for Lifelong Learning Advisory Board at the University of York and is also a Governor on the Governing Body of London Metropolitan University.
David Ames (Staff Governor)
David has worked at Rose Bruford College for over 11 years, primarily as Admissions Officer but with spells as Box Office Co-ordinator and Alumni Officer. As well as auditions and interviews for all courses within the School of Performance, David organises the College’s Open Days. Before commencing employment David worked in Marketing and PR, with three years spent at the Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks, Kent, and stints as Press Officer at Swale Borough Council, Thurrock Council and Ellen Kent Opera & Ballet International. In his spare time, David has been an active member of various amateur dramatic societies around Kent for over 20 years, performing in many shows and plays and also writing, directing and producing. He has been Chairman of two societies and served on a number of committees, as well as acting as Press Officer for various groups. A keen theatre-goer, David writes reviews, and occasional editorials, for Sardines magazine.
Helen Bowles MBE
Helen's immediate background is in higher education policy including matters relating to quality and standards, public information about higher education, student engagement and international recruitment. She stepped down as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the representative body, GuildHE, in February 2014. Prior to joining GuildHE, she worked at Anglia Ruskin University, Writtle College and the Learning from Experience Trust, an educational charity with a focus on the assessment and recognition of informal learning. Her teaching experience includes both English for speakers of other languages and basic skills with a specialism in the diagnosis and support of dyslexia in adults. Her career in higher education built on earlier engagement in policy work at national level. Following a first degree at the University of York and postgraduate work at the University of Durham, Helen entered the civil service where she worked on housing policy, the inner cities and planning as well as working in the private office of a Cabinet Minister. During a period of secondment from the civil service she joined the senior executive team of a major building society as a corporate planning analyst. Helen was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours lists in January 2013 for services to higher education. She joined the Board in 2014.
Rod Brown was educated at the grammar school in Stratford upon Avon, likely to have been Shakespeare's school, instilling in him a lifelong love of Shakespeare and drama generally. After studying for a degree in jurisprudence at the University of Oxford, he spent his legal career at Allen & Overy in the City of London, becoming a partner in the real estate department from 1981 until he retired in 2008. He advised on every aspect of property law, including sales, acquisitions, lettings and developments, and institutional and bank fundings. He was involved in the recruitment of new trainee solicitors and managed the firm's real estate departments worldwide for a number of years. He was also a founding and long time member of the firm's partnership committee charged with the final decision on the appointment of new partners.
Colin's career has ranged from accountancy to politics and the NHS. Trained as an accountant specialising in UK/US Taxation he has travelled extensively in the U.S. and Europe. .In the 1980's he developed an interest in technology to enable process redesign and more latterly whole systems enterprise. An accomplished speaker on technology he established and chaired an IT user group and was part of a team advising the Inland Revenue on their Self-Assessment program. Colin was a director of EY (Formerly Ernst & Young) until 2007 when he became a non-executive director of several companies helping with their business plans and development.
Between 1986 and 2009 EY permitted him to work part time for the NHS overseeing as chairman two major District General Hospitals and managing the boards accountable to the Secretary of State. This was a fascinating period of huge change in the NHS and Colin was involved at London level in implementing the reviews. Colin had numerous media challenges some of which were of national interest and a book is a possibility. His experience of finance gave Colin an insight into the structural and at local level the problems with the Private Finance Initiative and he initiated a private review for the Secretary of State that led, to wholesale change in PFI budgeting at local level.
During the period 1986 to 2014 he was involved in politics and from 1990 to 2014 a councillor for Bexley latterly being the cabinet member for Finance and Deputy Leader. When he joined Rose Bruford College Colin set about building and improving the local links with Bexley.
Paul gained a BA in Philosophy and Economics from the University of East Anglia, and later an MBA (with Distinction) in Marketing and Management Finance from City University Business School, (now Cass). He is also a Diploma Member of the Market Research Society. His early career was in FMCG advertising, working as a very junior account executive on the original Ariel soap power campaign. Subsequently he became a reporter in financial news, working for Extel. Paul’s career then moved to management consultancy, where he worked as a business analyst in both London and the USA. In 1979, while working in New York, Paul and two other colleagues founded PBD Consulting which he ran for the subsequent 28 years as Managing Director. Although Paul sold his interest in the company in 2007 it thrives today operating out of its St James’s offices in Mayfair, (www.pbdconsulting.com), and he remains a director of the company. PBD is involved in strategy planning, business development studies and acquisition search and due-diligence. It has a solid reputation in the investment banking, private equity, and blue chip corporate sectors. One of Pauls many successes at PBD was the introduction of Whitbread to PepsiCo Inc. and subsequently setting up the Pizza Hut UK joint venture between those two companies
Eleanor Lang is currently Executive Director at Free Word, an international centre for literature, literacy and free speech. Over the years she has gained experience in strategic planning, fundraising, project management (on theatre productions, events and capital projects), HR and charity finance and governance. Before working at Free Word she spent six years working for a number of theatres including the Bush Theatre, BAC, Y Touring Theatre Company and the Donmar Warehouse, as well as working as a freelance theatre producer. Eleanor is a qualified Chartered Secretary and is a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, and sits on their Education Committee. She is on the advisory board of Non Zero One and Theatre of Debate and is a trustee of Tonic Theatre.
Cllr Don Massey
Don Massey is a director of Supreme Home Care (Bexley) Limited, which provides Domiciliary Care throughout Bexley; he is also the Cabinet Member for Environment & Public Realm at the London Borough of Bexley. He has been a councillor for Cray Meadows Ward since 2006 and has held a number of other council positions including Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Leisure, Chairman of the Pensions Committee and Chairman of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee for Finance & Corporate Services. He was also the Consort to the Mayor of Bexley in 2013, during his wife's term as Mayor. Don was born and raised in South London and went to the University of Kent, achieving a BA Hons in Econometrics. He went into Banking in the City of London, undertaking a number of managerial positions including Manager of St Paul's Branch, Inspector in Group Audit and Special Investigations. He also spent two years on a Secondment to the National Union of Students as a Finance Advisor. He joined Gresham in 1997, a private Equity Firm, to head up their Banking & Treasury Operations. In 2003 following a Management Buyout he headed up their Operations. He served on the Court of the University of Kent, the ruling body of the university, for 10 years up until 2011 and was a Justice of the Peace in Bexley from 1997 until 2012. He is still on the supplemental JP list.
Professor Mike Saks
Professor Mike Saks is Research Professor in Health Policy at University Campus Suffolk (UCS) and Visiting Professor at the University of Lincoln and the University of Toronto, Canada, having previously held a Visiting Chair at the University of Essex. He studied for his doctorate in Sociology at the London School of Economics, where he also taught, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, the Institute of Knowledge Exchange and the Royal Society of Arts. He was formerly Provost and Chief Executive at UCS, where he also served on the Executive of the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia which own UCS. Before that he was Senior Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln and Dean of Faculty of Health and Community Studies at De Montfort University. He aims to turn this longstanding senior university experience to the benefit of Rose Bruford College.
Mike Saks has also published extensively on health, professions, regulation and research methods. He has given many keynote addresses at international conferences – a number of which he has co-organised. He has published more than a dozen books with top publishers. His work spans from politics and social policy to his base discipline of sociology. He is an energetic champion of high impact multi-disciplinary work and has been a chair/member of many National Health Service committees at all levels on areas from the changing healthcare workforce to research and development. He was until recently a member of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit Committee and Suffolk NHS Primary Care Trust. He has formally advised the UK Departments of Health and professional bodies, including the General Medical Council. He is a former chair of the UK Human Tissue Bank and the Research Council for Complementary Medicine.
Internationally, he has engaged in prestigious funded research on subjects such as the changing attitudes of physicians with the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow and care in the community with the University of Toronto. In 2013 he gave the annual Distinguished Professor lecture in Sociology and Social Policy at Arizona State University. In 2014, he advised the Canadian government both federally and in the provinces/territories as a recipient of the Best Brains Exchange Award from Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In 2015 he was hosted by the Vice Provost (Academic) at the University of California to discuss with senior staff health policy and comparative university governance. He is now the Vice President of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Professional Groups, with members from some 30 countries, following a four year term as President – as well as a member of the Editorial/Advisory Board of a number of international journals.
Jennifer Sims has had a long career in post 16 education, initially as a lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts and culminating with 10 years as Principal of John Ruskin College in Croydon where she led the College through a period of significant external and internal change.
In the 1980s Jennifer was part of the small team which developed the Performing Arts provision at Oldham College, including the creation of innovative level 3 vocational qualifications in technical theatre ( lighting and sound) alongside the drama and dance curriculum offer. She took a lead in the national development of the first BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts and went on to develop the Performing Arts curriculum at both Accrington and Rossendale College and Newham Sixth Form College. She has significant experience of partnership working between FE and HE including the development of a distance learning degree for Brass Band players and conductors in a partnership between Accrington and Rossendale College and Sheffield University and a dance degree at University of East London in partnership with Newham Sixth Form College and Stratford Circus. In her role as Vice Principal of Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc), Jennifer was part of the original team which developed Stratford Circus as a centre for both performance and education.
Theatre has been Jennifer’s passion since her early teens when she was a weekly audience member at Oldham Coliseum, one of the last weekly repertory theatres in the country. She was fortunate to work with Mike Leigh, appearing in two of his early plays and these experiences led her to her degree in Drama and Theatre Arts at Birmingham University where she was part of Clive Barker’s Theatre of Man group. She has an MBA from Southbank University and is a licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music.
In addition to her role at Rose Bruford College, Jennifer is Chair of Governors at St Thomas More Secondary School, Eltham, Chair of the Board at the Bob Hope Theatre, Eltham, where she also directs productions from time to time. She was a member of the Teaching Agency Professional Standards Panel for three years until May 2014. Now retired and living in South East London, Jennifer focuses her time on activities in her local community which combine her love of theatre and experience of education.
Hassan Mahamdallie is a specialist in diversity and equality in the arts. An internationally known policy maker and trainer, he is the author of Arts Council England’s unique approach: The Creative Case for Diversity.
After leaving Leeds University with an MA in Theatre Studies Hassan worked as an actor, devisor and director in theatre before becoming a campaigning journalist, covering major events including the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.
Hassan was a senior strategist at Arts Council England for nine years (until 2013) where he was charged with drawing up and implementing ACE’s national Race Equality Schemes. He continues to run workshops on the creative case as well as advising arts organisations on how to use diversity as a tool for organisational change. Hassan is a published author. He has contributed to many books and journals including Tell It Like It Is: How Our Schools Fail Black Children. He wrote a popular biography of radical Victorian artist William Morris, Crossing the River of Fire, and edited the book Defending Multiculturalism.
He speaks and writes on issues of race and racism, black history, Muslims in British society and diversity and equality in the arts. Hassan is presently Co-Director of the Muslim Institute, a free-thinking Muslim organisation based in London and is the deputy editor of the institute’s quarterly publication Critical Muslim. He has recently returned to theatre as a playwright.
Kathryn Southworth is a founding fellow of the English Association and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Born in Lancashire, she pursued her academic studies in English Language and Literature at the University of Birmingham and at University College London, and professional studies with the Open University. She has been a lecturer at the OU, and at the (now) Birmingham City University and was Head of English and Cultural Studies, and subsequently Associate Dean of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, at the University of Wolverhampton. A practicing Catholic, she became Vice Principal of the (now) Newman University and, following retirement from full-time work in the sector, has settled in London to pursue her interests in writing, and is beginning to publish as a poet and critic. She is also governor of a mental health trust in North London. She still external examines in the HE sector and is a part-time review manager for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
Kevin Wallace, London based Theatre Producer.
Kevin Wallace has been an In-house producer with Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group (RUG), responsible for Celebration, ALW's 50th Birthday Concert (Royal Albert Hall); Whistle down the Wind; The Beautiful Game; Closer to Heaven (all West End). He established productions of The Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland, Belgium, Mexico and Denmark; a US tour of Cats; the original production of Sunset Boulevard in Germany (directed by Trevor Nunn); a new production of Sunset Boulevard (directed by Robert Carsen); the UK tour and Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar directed by Gale Edwards, (winning an International Emmy Award as Executive Producer of the film based on that production); the original production of Closer to Heaven by Pet Shop Boys (in London).
Before joining The Really Useful Group, he produced The Emperor Jones, Our Town and Eurovision (all in London).
After RUG he re-established Kevin Wallace Limited (KWL), and produced Gagarin Way and Eden (both at The Arts Theatre, London). With Saul Zaentz, he produced The Lord of the Rings directed by Matthew Warchus in Toronto (Princess of Wales Theatre), and in London (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). He co-produced Loserville with music and lyrics by James Bourne (West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Garrick Theatre, London).
With Brazilian partners, KWL incorporated Tempo Entertainment (Brazil) to commission and produce new musicals. TEMPO's first musical, based on "Gabriela Clove and Cinnamon" by "Jorge Amado", is scheduled to premiere in Brazil in the 2016/2017 season.
He is in pre-production for a New Production of The Lord of the Rings for international markets, with other theatre projects in development.
Kevin Wallace is a full member of The Society of London Theatre ("SOLT"), a member of The League of Independent Producers ("LIP"), and a Fellow of Rose Bruford College.
Cara works predominantly on assignments in the not-for-profit sector, managing audits and assisting clients in areas such as governance, systems & controls, reporting requirements, budgeting and forecasting.
She has a particular specialism in advising arts and theatrical charities and, as well as her expertise at working with charities and not-for-profit organisations, has a broad base of business knowledge gained while working in the firm’s Business Advisory Group.
Cara's portfolio of clients currently comprises more than 40 charities and not-for-profit organisations. They include hospices, specialist higher education institutes, theatres and international membership organisations. Clients typically have incomes of between £1 million and £20 million. In addition, Cara acts for a number of large grant making foundations, several with net assets of over £100 million.
He is Director Partnerships and Policy at Southbank Centre, with many years experience of working on cultural planning, development and stakeholder management issues.
Mike led the process in relation to the appointment of Rick Mather Architects, the development of the South Bank masterplan published in 2000, following the largest ever public consultation for a cultural project in the UK, and secured the planning consent for all elements of the £120m refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall completed in 2007. More recently, he secured the £5m re-landscaping of Jubilee Gardens (next to the London Eye) in partnership with Lambeth Council, TfL and the Jubilee Gardens Trust in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and Olympics in 2012.
He is currently leading the planning and consultation programme for the Southbank Centre’s Festival Wing project which will transform the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room complex starting in autumn 2017.
Previous positions held at Southbank Centre were Director of Marketing and Public Affairs and Commercial Director.
Before joining Southbank Centre he worked in the Public Information Branch of the Greater London Council for 10 years supporting the Council’s major London-wide arts and recreation programme up to its abolition in 1986. Before that he worked for Wandsworth Council for Community Relations at the time of the Ugandan Asian Refugee crises and the Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust when genetic engineering was emerging as a potential cure for the disease.
He is currently Director / Trustee of the following organisations representing Southbank Centre:
- South Bank Employers Group
- Jubilee Gardens Trust
- Topolski Memoir Trust
In a personal capacity, in addition to Chichester Festival Theatre he is a Trustee of Rose Bruford College.
Brigitte Lambert (Staff Governor)
Brigitte Lambert joined Rose Bruford College in 1993 having previously worked as a designer, prop maker and scenic artist in professional theatre.
As a designer she worked at Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Lyric Theatre in Belfast and as Head of Design for three years at the New Victoria Theatre Stoke-on-Trent with Peter Cheeseman.
As a scenic artist and prop maker she worked as freelance for the major London scenic arts studios.
Her basic training was gained through attending the English National Design School (now known as Motley) studying under Percy Harris and Hayden Griffin.
Since coming to Rose Bruford College, she has gained an MA in Theatre Practice, designed for the Wilton Music Hall, and the Spiral Theatre Company in Northern Spain. She has led projects in collaboration with Cabaret Mechanical taking students to perform in Prague and Granada. Collaborating with Emergency Exit Arts, students have been involved in London based performances reflecting Brigitte’s interest in techniques associated with Carnival and Street Art.
Charlotte is in her final year on the BA Stage Management course and President of Rose Bruford College Student Union for the academic year 2017-18. Charlotte has already served on the Student Union Executive for a year as Secretary. Prior to coming to Rose Bruford Charlotte studied Technical Theatre and Live Events at Coleg Cambria. Charlotte would like to be a Company Stage Manager in Opera.