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Did you know that every week we have around 50 different classes and courses in our building that you can take part in. Whether you want to dance, act, or exercise, you can find great activities every day of the week

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Christmas Day at Jacksons Lane

Find out more about the work we do every Christmas Day for older and disabled people who would otherwise spend Christmas alone.

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There has never been a better time to support Jacksons Lane

Help us continue our artist support programmes, and the work we do in our community. Every £1 donated to Jacksons Lane is curently being matched £ for £ by Arts Council England!

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Did you know we run large-scale outreach projects in London

We devise projects that work with people living in some of the most deprived wards in London

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Have a look at what opportunities there are at the minute to work with us or volunteer with us. We would love you to join us.

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Jacksons Lane is a registered charity (Charity no. 1119318) and company limited by guarantee. We are governed and led by a Board of Trustees who give their time, energy and expertise to the organisation on a voluntary basis.

Current membership of the Board is as follows:


David Porter
David Porter is an architect who designed housing for Camden Council then in the Netherlands. He became head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture and, as such, part the executive team at the Glasgow School of Art. He then commuted between Highgate and Beijing where he taught urbanism and creative research at the Central Academy of Fine Art and, when in London, was president of the Architectural Association, chairing its board of trustees. He is preparing a book celebrating the modern domestic architecture of Highgate as evidence of its pioneering spirit and working on a video-movie about the changing street life of modern Beijing – everyday life as performance. He lives three minutes from Jacksons Lane.


Adrian Berry

Adrian is Artistic Director of the UK's leading circus and arts centre, Jacksons Lane. As a venue director and programmer, Adrian has worked with the National Theatre, Stratford Circus, the Albany and Trinity amongst many others. He is a producer, writer and director and wrote and directed the successful production From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads. He has produced circus work nationally and internationally, as well as representing the UK at circus festivals around the globe.

Adrian is also a bass player and songwriter for the BBC6 supported band Alberteen.

John Bird
John has over 30 years’ experience in the finance sector and was a partner at Deloitte and Arthur Andersen. More recently he served on the Council of The Architectural Association where he chaired the Finance and Resources Committee and was a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. He lives in Islington with his wife and youngest daughter and is a keen cyclist, follower of Arsenal and is trying very hard to improve his ability on the guitar.

George Danker
George is a data scientist, private tutor and community activist from Muswell Hill. Since 2015 he has been the Chair of the Friends of Muswell Hill Library and throughout 2016-7 he led a successful campaign to keep the library open in its beautiful Grade II-listed building. George is also on the board of the Muswell Hill & Fortis Green Association and spends much of his spare time organising public events, talks and workshops with distinguished speakers, all free to the public. He is incredibly proud of the crucial and varied roles that Jacksons Lane plays within the communities in which it operates.

Monique Deletant

Monique is an experienced arts leader who has worked across the arts sector and is currently Executive Director of Jacksons Lane. She has worked as Director of Dance Hub Birmingham/ Deputy Director of Culture Centre where she set up the new £2 million initiative with partners across the dance sector, and led on a number of wider projects including the Birmingham Cultural Education Partnership and Commonwealth Games events.

She has led Stratford Circus Arts Centre and Rich Mix, successfully reapplying for Arts Council funding and developing new initiatives. She also works in a freelance capacity coaching, mentoring and supporting organisations through change. Prior to working in the arts, she worked for an MP and the Master of the Rolls.

Adam Garfunkel
Adam runs a small consultancy practice advising on strategy, brand and communications for responsible businesses and social enterprises. He loves family, fine food and Arsenal FC. Adam is currently working at his front crawl so he can one day swim a mile in under 30 minutes.

Paul Singh
Paul is a co-founder of Equal Education, a tutoring organisation that works with children in social care. He was educated at University of Birmingham in Chemical Engineering. Paul is passionate about reducing inequality in education through better matching between logistics and resources. Prior to working in education, Paul worked for Unilever developing long term innovation in their ice cream division.

Gillian Smith

Gillian was a partner of a leading City law firm, specialising in finance, and is now a consultant to an American law firm.

Gillian has served as a trustee of Plan International UK since 2014, serving as Deputy Chair for the charity since 2019. Plan International UK works to improve the prospects of children in some of the world's poorest communities.

Living and bring up a family in Highgate for over 25 years, Gillian is convinced of and passionate about the value which Jacksons Lane brings to local communities.

Richard Webber
Richard Webber is the originator of systems with organisations used to analyse customers according to the types of postcode they live in. Many arts venues use these systems to discover from which types of neighbourhood people come to see which productions. He currently works with Trevor Phillips to enable organisations to appeal more effectively to people from different cultural backgrounds. He has lived within half a mile of Jacksons Lane for a third of a century.


Jacksons Lane was founded by Melian Mansfield and Nicky Gavron in 1975, alongside Paul and Jan Brooker, as a community arts hub for Highgate, Haringey and North London


Being part of the Board of Jacksons Lane has been incredibly fulfilling personally and professionally, and I am proud to be part of an organisation delivering so much positive change for the arts, for communities and for London



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