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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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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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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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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:


Richard Smith-Bingham
Richard leads Marsh & McLennan Companies’ thinking on emerging risks. He analyses global change and advises multinationals and governments on how to better anticipate and respond to new complex threats and possible disruptions. He has a keen, long-term interest in the visual and performing arts and lives just down the hill in Islington.


Kate Anderson 
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.

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.

Tony Bonnar (Treasurer)
After qualifying with PwC, Tony moved to work in professional consultancies within the construction and property sector where he led finance and other support functions as a main Board member. Whilst always involved in voluntary work, Tony moved to the charities sector full-time in 2012. He has previously been a Trustee and Treasurer of several charities and is now employed by the National Centre for Circus Arts.

Caroline Carter
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 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.

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.

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 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
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 Robson
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 Rowlands
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 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.


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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