Meet Our 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.
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.
Matthew Condon (Student Governor)
A biography will appear here shortly.
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
Sarah Howard (Independent Governor)
Throughout her career, Sarah has been involved in many aspects of the arts. It’s been an eclectic and thoroughly exciting double-decade ride, through the world of theatre and dance, national and international tours, multi-arts organisations and venues. Currently she is residing as Access Co-ordinator at Park Theatre. Previous to this, she has worked at Unlimited, Sadler’s Wells, Improbable Theatre Company, 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Candoco Dance Company, London Disability Arts Forum, Stratford Circus and Method & Madness. In addition, Sarah has provided consultation for a range of access programmes, including the re-development of the Southbank Centre and the Roundhouse. She is also currently Chair of trustee’s for Graeae Theatre Company. In her spare time, Sarah is an active theatre director and supporter for her local community theatre.
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.
A biography will appear here shortly.
Don has had a long and varied career in finance and politics following his honours degree from the University of Kent in Econometrics and has been successful in both public and private sectors.
He was in retail banking with NatWest for 20 years, undertaking roles including Branch Manager and Corporate Account Executive in the City of London, and Senior Inspector in Group Audit.
Don moved to Gresham Trust (a private equity company), to run their Banking Licence, Treasury Operations and Administrative functions, staying there for 17 years which including a management buy-out part way through.
In 2014 he became Finance Director for a franchised Domiciliary Care company and from 2016 he has been Operations Manager for the Centre for Public Scrutiny, the national centre of expertise on governance and scrutiny.
Don has extensive experience in local government having served as a councillor in the London Borough of Bexley from 2006 to 2018. He held a number of positions at that authority including Overview & Scrutiny Chairman and Pensions Committee Chairman.
In 2012, he was appointed as a Cabinet Member and was responsible over the next 6 years for three different portfolios. He was the Deputy Leader of the London Borough of Bexley between 2017 and 2018.
He has been a Governor at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance since 2014. He served 11 years on the Court of the University of Kent (the ruling body of the university) and was a Magistrate on the South-East London Bench for 17 years.
His personal interests relate mainly to his wife, two daughters and sport, particularly football, golf and horse racing.
Samantha Perez-Lumbreras (Staff Governor)
Samantha is the Outreach Manager at Rose Bruford College and responsible for the strategic delivery of widening participation activities as outlined in the College’s Access Agreement.
Sam originally wagered with the idea of a career in politics; she worked as a press assistant to an MEP and spent a short time studying a degree in International Relations with German at the University of Kent. However, her passion for art and design was all-consuming and instead Sam completed a degree in Theatre Design (at Rose Bruford College) and later went on to complete her MA Art & Design in Education at the Institute of Education, UCL.
She has since gained 9 years’ experience in the HE Sector specialising in Youth Arts Project Management, Schools Liaison, and Community Partnerships; she is also Chair of the Art & Design Forum at AccessHE and has volunteered as a School Governor. Sam is passionate about improving access to specialist arts education and improving diversity in the industry; the highlight of her career to date has subsequently been to co-develop a brand new Access to HE Diploma in Production Arts.
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.
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", premiered 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.