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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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Are you looking for a fantastic volunteering opportunity?

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:


Melian Mansfield
Melian is a founding member of Jacksons Lane and currently Chair of the Board. She lives in Haringey, has a background in education and has extensive experience and a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the UK Education system. She has promoted and defended quality early childhood and education provision at all levels of politics and policy making, and works directly to support and develop practitioners through her roles as a trainer, governor and consultant. She has published reviews and articles on a range of education issues for a variety of newspapers, magazines and journals.


Kate Anderson
Kate Anderson is a creative producer and strategic arts leader who lives 5 minutes from Jacksons Lane. Festival Director of Bloomsbury Festival and Co-Director of theatre company, Ingenious Purpose, Kate also undertakes occasional strategic development projects including for Puppet Centre. Kate was Executive Director/joint CEO of Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre for twelve years where she produced/co-produced over a hundred productions at the theatre and on tour. In 2008, Kate led the company’s successful tender to run the performing arts in Southampton’s new arts complex which is due to open later in 2017. Earlier roles included working with Scarlet Theatre at The Bull in Barnet, Richmond Theatre and ENO. Kate is also on the Board of Think Tank Theatre (Streatham Space Project), and National Centre for Circus Arts and is an Artistic Quality Assessor for Arts Council England.

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.

Leila Jones
Leila Jones is an independent producer who specialises in large-scale and unusual work. At present that means that her time is spent mainly at Block9, working with them on developing a new show as well as supporting their legendary output at Glastonbury and beyond. Leila has a particular interest in Jacksons Lane due to the amazing work the venue has done and continues to do in the development of contemporary circus and it is this shared love that means she has something to bring to the board of trustees. Leila lives in Walthamstow with her husband and two young, beautiful sons.

Caroline McCarthy
Caroline McCarthy is a writer and editor. Prior to her freelance career Caroline worked as Manager of The Literary Consultancy – a role which led to a particular interest in arts organizations and the benefits they bring to the wider community. Caroline lives within skipping distance of Jacksons Lane with her husband and three circus-loving children.

Richard Smith-Bingham
Richard is the EMEA Director of Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Global Risk Centre, where he analyses global change and advises multinationals on how to better anticipate and respond to emerging threats.  He has a keen, long-term interest across the visual and performing arts and lives just down the hill in Islington.

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.  Currently works with Trevor Phillips to enable organisations to appeal more effectively to people from different cultural backgrounds.  Has lived within half a mile of Jacksons Lane for a third of a century.

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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