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Christmas Day at Jacksons Lane
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Did you know we run large-scale outreach projects in London
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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 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 is a creative producer and strategic arts leader who lives five 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. 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.
Caroline lives in Hampstead Garden Suburb with her husband, son and daughter. She is a member of Council at Cranfield University and a trustee of The Brilliant Club, an educational social mobility organisation, as well as a founding shareholder of Grace Belgravia and an angel investor with Envestors. For many years Caroline was a City lawyer and senior equity partner at Ashurst LLP, where she headed the European labour practice. She is an occasional visiting lecturer in law at QMUL. Caroline is an avid theatre-goer and firm believer in the ability of the performing arts to educate and empower all generations. She was drawn to the opportunity to become a trustee because of Jacksons Lane’s unique place at the heart of the community and its inter-generational reach.
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.
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 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 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 organisations 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.
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.
Sarah set up Sarah Robson Associates to provide strategic and practical HR advice to SMEs and has been a consultant for the past 13 years. Most of her clients are in the arts and not-for-profit sectors and range from a well-known pottery and modern art gallery to a major dance venue, dance organisations and artists’ studios. She advised Jacksons Lane on a restructure and recruitment programme in 2010. Prior to becoming a Consultant, Sarah worked for London Arts (then part of the Arts Council) and the publishing, toys and oil sectors. Sarah is also a Trustee for ICON Theatre and Akademi South Asian Dance as well as an Associate of Counterculture LLP. Sarah has lived near Jacksons Lane for almost 15 years with her two sons and has been a driver for the Christmas Lunch. She has a desire to help Jacksons Lane take the next big step in its growth with the proposed exciting redevelopment of the building.
Alexandra is a freelance arts fundraising consultant. Previously, she worked for the Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hallé, after starting her career as a graduate trainee with Marks & Spencer. Alexandra lives close to Jacksons Lane, where she is often to be found with a pram and two daughters in tow. She is also a Girlguiding UK leader, and in her spare time enjoys choral singing and playing the piano and organ.
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 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.
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